Awards recognise women that are championing social housing

Colleagues from social housing provider, Stonewater, are celebrating after three of its remarkable women and one outstanding scheme, have been shortlisted for national awards.

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This year’s Women in Housing Awards will see Stonewater’s Executive Director for Customer Experience, Sue Shirt, compete for Woman of the Year: Tenant/Customer Focus; Cordelia Johnney contend for the Inclusion Champion award; and Rosie Norman battle for young achiever of the year.

This is the seventh year of the awards that aim to recognise the work and achievements of women making a major contribution to the housing sector.

“I’m delighted to see not one, but three of our colleagues shortlisted in the Women in Housing Awards,” said Nicholas Harris, chief executive of Stonewater.

“Sue, Cordelia and Rosie are tremendous and hardworking individuals.

“They are each greatly known across the organisation for their exceptional contributions and dedication to opening up opportunities for their fellow customers and colleagues, helping us to deliver more high-quality affordable homes to people who need them most.

“Being shortlisted is a testament to all the achievements they have modestly collected, whilst trying to leave a positive footprint on the world. I’m pleased that their hard work has been recognised beyond the walls of Stonewater and I wish them all the best of luck at the awards ceremony.”

The Reading-based housing association has also been shortlisted in the Improving the Lives of Women or Communities (large) Award category for its South Asian Women’s Refuge, which provides a safe and supported environment for South Asian women and children that are fleeing domestic abuse.

“We opened the doors to our Bedfordshire South Asian Women’s Refuge in 2008 and we have worked tirelessly to create an empowering environment that helps women at the refuge to achieve independent living,” said Nicholas.

“It’s important to us that we provide the best support and care possible to the south Asian families that come to us, so that we can give them the greatest number of opportunities to build a safe and independent life for themselves.

“This includes getting on-site support from an immigration specialist that supports many of the women with their Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) applications. Our carefully considered and innovative approach has resulted in a 100 per cent success rate for granted ILR applications. We’re proud to be acknowledged for our dedicated work in supporting this particular community.”

For more information about Stonewater’s supported housing, click here or contact the Customer Contact Team on 01202 319 119.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 10 October at the Emirates, Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.