Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Top award for hard-working resident

Caption 1: Resident of the Year winner Mary Moon (left), pictured with ENEHL Chief Executive, Steve Hunt
Caption 2: Visitors were able to put their questions to the ENEHL Panel.

Dedication to her local community has seen a community volunteer from east Leeds named as the area’s first Resident of the Year.

Mary Moon, who is chair of the Wykebeck Valley Road Tenants and Residents Association, was named Resident of the Year at a ceremony hosted by East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL), one of the three Arms Length Management Organisations that manage and maintain council homes on behalf of Leeds City Council.

Awards were handed out to tenants from each of ENEHL’s Area Panels, with Mary being named as the very first overall winner.

More than 200 tenants from across east and north east Leeds came together to discuss the housing issues that affect them at a tenants conference, held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds, which gave them the opportunity to get housing information, make enquiries and find out how to get involved in their communities.

People attending got the chance to visit displays from 13 partner agencies of ENEHL, one of the three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) charged with managing and maintaining council housing in Leeds on behalf of Leeds City Council.

The stalls, staffed by specialists, featured displays services which tenants might find useful like Leeds City Credit Union, Slivers of Time and Crime Prevention.

Visitors also got the chance to view a DVD which had been put together by tenants called Improving Communities – Be a Part of it. The film was commissioned by community volunteers and focused on how tenants can get involved in local issues which affect their community.

Mary said of her award:
“There was no-one more surprised and stunned at receiving such an honour than I was. I will frame my certificate and treasure it, thank you.”

Angelena Fixter, chair of East North East Homes Leeds board, said:
“Congratulations to Mary and all of the well-deserved winners at the tenants conference.
“This has been a fantastic event and a marvellous opportunity for residents to meet and find out how they can get involved with the managing of their homes. The community involvement DVD was made by residents for residents and it really stole show.’

Feedback from all who took part was very positive, and plans are already afoot to make next years conference an even greater success.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk