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Salford estate heroes in line for awards

A young man who is helping to transform the Salford estate he grew up on has been shortlisted for an award.

Aiden Peppard, an Apprentice in Environmental Services here at Pendleton Together, has been named as a finalist in the Housing Heroes Awards.

After dropping out of college, we saved him from becoming another unemployment statistic by taking him on as a volunteer. His commitment was quickly recognised and it wasn’t long before he was offered an apprenticeship.

Aiden is now studying towards his NVQ in Level 2 Local Environmental Services College and in less than 12 months, he has won two internal awards for his dedication. Now he’s hoping to receive external recognition for his work, which includes leading on a pilot project to tackle fly-tipping.

The Estates Services Team, which Aiden is part of, has also been shortlisted for an award, in the Frontline Team of the Year category.

Although the team is primarily responsible for grounds maintenance and caretaking, they have become ambassadors for us, leading on equality and diversity projects and communications with residents, as well as getting involved in safeguarding, recycling and fire safety.

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Deborah MacDonald, who heads up the Estates Services Team and manages Aiden, said: “I am so proud of what my team collectively and Aiden as an individual have achieved over the last 12 months. They live and breathe our visions and values, delivering high performance for our customers and having a positive social impact. I am so pleased their hard work and enthusiasm has been recognised by the Housing Heroes judges.”

The team behind Achieving and Harnessing Board Diversity, a partnership between Together Housing Group, Progress Housing Group and Housing Diversity Network, has also been shortlisted in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team of the Year category.

The project, which follows on from Pendleton Together achieving Housing Diversity Network Accreditation for Excellence in Equality and Diversity, aims to unlock the potential of future leaders by championing diversity.

Between them,Together Housing Group and Progress Housing Grouphave appointed 11 candidates to the programme, seven of whom are female (64% compared to the industry average of 36%) and five identify as BME (45% compared to the industry average of 6.8%).

Tahir Idris, Together Housing Group’s Equality & Diversity Manager, said: “As a provider of homes and a major employer, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation that recognises the diverse needs of our customers and colleagues. As such, we are delighted that our work to bring together different experiences to best represent the communities we serve has been acknowledged by independent experts in the sector.”

 

Organised by Inside Housing in partnership with Chartered Institute of Housing, the awards showcase the people that help housing organisations do the vital work they do. The winners will be announced on 24 June.

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