Makeover winner and community champions rewarded by housing leader

Aspire Housing customers are to be rewarded for their contribution to North Staffordshire’s communities by a leading figure in the housing sector.

Michelle Reid, chief executive of the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS), who inform tenants on how to challenge, influence and control how their housing services are delivered, is to present Aspire Housing’s new customer awards on Thursday 11 October.

Before the awards take place, there will be a media opportunity of a photoshoot of Aspire’s most deserving customer, Barbara Hooper, at her home in Kidsgrove, with contractors who gave her a dream bathroom.

Barbara was nominated by her daughter Julie Buckley because she finished work at an early age to care for her parents and brother. She also offered great support to her husband who was battling with cancer.

Barbara said: “I have an excellent bathroom for which I’m extremely grateful – nothing was too much trouble – thank you to everyone for making this possible!”

The remaining awards will then take place at the Britannia Stadium, from 6.45pm. The awards include categories for best neighbour, community champion, service to Aspire, learner and young person’s contribution.

The awards also incorporate Aspire Housing’s long-established garden competition.

Sinéad Butters, chief executive of the Aspire Group, said: “Our customers are at the heart of the neighbourhoods that Aspire serves. They look after their neighbours, take pride in their gardens and work with us and other partners to make their neighbourhoods places where they are proud to live.

“We are very pleased to be able to recognise their contribution through these awards.”