BCH is proud to announce that we were crowned winners at this year's Northern Housing Awards ceremony. Held on Tuesday 17th May 2022 in Manchester, the awards celebrated individuals and organisations who make it their mission to improve homes and communities in the north. BCH scooped two awards for:
Best Approach to Employee Wellbeing
This included signing up to Time to Change, staff undertaking Mental Health First Aid training and Workplace Champions who meet in the Wellbeing Group. In addition the entry referenced the staff consultation group, staff attending Physical Activities Co-ordinator training, Wednesday Wellbeing and accommodating flexible working arrangements to support work life balance.
BCH was also shortlisted in the categories of Best Initiative for Tackling Homelessness and Resident Support/Advice Programme of the Year.
Best Approach to Diversity and Inclusion
This award recognised the way BCH creates a diverse workforce, their openness and promotion of mental health and wellbeing issues, the creation of new services and the partnership with LeftCoast to meet the needs of our tenants and customers.
Over the past few years BCH has sought to become more innovative and collaborative in trying to deliver our vision of ‘inspiring people to build better communities’. Being shortlisted for four separate awards and wining two is an excellent achievement. We’re proud of the fantastic contributions from our customers and partners in helping to build strong and sustainable communities.John Donnellon, Chief Executive of Blackpool Coastal Housing
Blackpool Council received the honour of being named Council of the Year. The award recognises the council’s proven track record in delivering new homes, finding new and innovative ways to release land for development and tackling homelessness.
Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “I am absolutely thrilled that we have been named Council of the Year in the Northern Housing Awards, this follows on from receiving the same title in UK Housing Awards in November.
“We pride ourselves on using every available tool to make housing work in Blackpool. We’ve created an award winning Housing Company, with the Housing Strategy and Homelessness functions at the centre of the Council.
“Due to the lack of available land to build on, our focus is on place making and regeneration, utilising our companies to find the best way to increase the number of suitable and affordable homes for our residents.
“In order to improve the lives of our residents we must improve the quality of the accommodation in which they live – everyone has the basic right to live in decent quality homes.
“It is wonderful for everyone who works in housing, across the council and in our companies, to receive this recognition for their hard work and commitment.”