Pendleton Together would like to express how proud we are of tenant, Owen Power on being a finalist at the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Award for the the Cliff Whiteley Tenant of the Year Award . Owen makes a difference  not only to Pendleton Together but also to the local community. This award recognises those individuals who make a long lasting tangible difference to their landlord, other residents or their local community and Owen does all three!

Owen has spent over 20 years as a Pendleton Together tenant and has campaigned around issues including LGBT+ equality, HIV prevention, antisemitism and D/deaf inclusion

During Covid-19 he highlighted the importance of inclusion for those with visual and hearing impairments to online presentations and meetings – Pendleton Together listened and introduced methods to combat this such as using the closed caption function during online meetings.

Owen said: “I am so delighted to have been a finalist for this marvellous TPAS Award! I hope it will inspire other residents to be more of an active stakeholder in their community by supporting social action to make their neighbourhood a thriving model for diversity and respect. This is the key to successful social housing.”

Owen sits on the Pendleton Together FREDIE Steering Group, the Community Initiatives Working Group and the Communications Working Group. Owen’s actions have been instrumental in Pendleton Together being awarded with Excellence in Equality & Diversity for Business, Customers and the Community by the Housing Diversity Network and conditional Investors in Diversity accreditation by the National Centre for Diversity.

The latter is recognised as the national standard to ensure that the FREDIE values of fairness, respect, equality, diversity, inclusion and engagement are at the centre of decision-making in the workplace. The FREDIE Steering Group which Owen sits on has been shortlisted for Diversity Steering Group of the Year in National Centre for Diversity’s annual awards.

Julie Blagden, Pendleton Together Operations Manager said, “Owen is a model tenant, and we are very lucky to have him at Pendleton Together. Through his experiences and active campaigning on very pertinent issues he is making a difference that generations of Pendleton Together and Salford residents will be able to take advantage of. A real asset – well done Owen on being a finalist.”

The Awards ceremony held virtually connected with over 85 nominees, volunteers and housing professionals from across the country in a celebration showcasing the impact people have made within their local communities.  These awards highlight the difference that can be made by putting tenants first and how engaged and supported communities can make a real difference.

 

 

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