Our prominent tenant Owen Power has been shortlisted for the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Award for Tenant of the Year!
Having been one of our residents for over 20 years, Owen has spent much of that time campaigning around issues including LGBT+ Rights, HIV Awareness and disability action. More recently, Owen has put his efforts into working with us develop our diversity action plan. This week, The National Centre for Diversity announced we had achieved Investor in Diversity Status.
Originally from Dublin, Owen lived in London before settling in Salford while studying for a Masters of Philosophy in Manchester. Proudly queer, Deaf and Jewish, he has been at the forefront of local campaigns to increase HIV testing and report hate crime and he is currently working with the Jewish Deaf Association and the Board of Deputies of British Jews promoting D/deaf awareness as well as serving as LGBT+ officer for his local Labour party.
Owen said he was gobsmacked to be shortlisted, but saw the nomination as a catalyst to get others involved: “I’m particularly delighted to be nominated for a TPAS Award, because tenant involvement is what is crucial in driving the equality and diversity agenda forward.
“Salford has been a great home for me and it must provide a safe space for people who have always lived here or have arrived from many different backgrounds and for many different reasons. We need to resist some of the current rhetoric and be welcoming, by all working together. I’ve been looking at how we do that as tenant and landlord and now I’m hoping more tenants will come forward so we can work together as tenants too.”
Gareth Wilkinson, Customer Involvement Manager at Pendleton Together, paid tribute to Owen’s work: “I’m so proud that Owen is a Pendleton resident. He is one of those people who can see where things need to change but works with you, rather than against you, to achieve it. His impact on Pendleton Together’s ways of working over the last 12 months have been significant but are upstaged by his tireless campaigning on issues right across the board.”
The final award winners are announced in October.