Coast & Country, one of the largest regeneration and housing companies in the North East, has held its own version of the Oscars to recognise residents who have made their neighbourhood a better place to live.
The housing association has held its first residents awards ceremony, aptly named ‘‘The CCoscars’’, to coincide with its 10th anniversary, at which the winners were revealed.
Iain Sim, Coast & Country Chief Executive said: “We wanted to recognise residents whose efforts have helped make the area a better place to work and live.
“The standard of entries was extremely high with all those nominated demonstrating the strength of community spirit that abounds throughout Redcar and Cleveland.
“All the winners have made a difference whether they have supported and helped improve the lives of others or have overcome obstacles in their own lives.”
The winners were:
Best Ambassador – This person has Coast & Country at the heart of everything they do, promoting the company to other organisations.
Winner – Linda Beel of Redcar – Linda has been a highly valued member of the Tenants Panel for a number of years passionately working as an ambassador, with North East Procurement in particular, and in the setting up of the Tenant’s Residents and Training Centre at Westfield Farm.
Life Time Achievement – For the resident who has been involved with Coast & Country from the start and has worked with it formally or informally to shape the organisation to what it is today.
Winner – Reginald McMeekin of Lingdale – Reg has worked tirelessly informally and formally on a number of subgroups from conception and moulded them with his ideas and quiet conviction into what they are now.
Champion of Change – this person is innovative and embraces change for the benefit of others.
Winner – Raymond and Linda Beel of Redcar- Ray and Linda were the vision for and driving force behind the setting up the very successful Handyman service, a scheme to deliver work not carried out under the usual repairs service and which is open to all Coast & Country residents.
Best Community Group – This award recognises the group effort that goes into running a successful community group.
Winner – Marske Community Pop In – This group of volunteers make a big difference to the elderly residents of Marske, having provided weekly lunch and social activities for the past seven years.
Active Learner of the Year – This person has used the Tenants’ Training Programme as a platform to build confidence and skills moving on to gaining a recognised qualification.
Winner – Joan Cann of Dormanstown – Joan is an excellent example of Active Learning and has been determined to build on her skills gained via the Tenants’ Training Programme to achieve a Level 2 Award in Community Action from the Chartered Institute of Housing.
The glittering ceremony was held at Freebrough Academy, Brotton, where students helped Coast & Country organise the event.
Other awards presented on the night were:
Young Tenant of the Year – Matthew Cummins of Ormesby
Shining Star of the Year – Chloe Pettile of Bankfields
Community Champion – Mannie Cook of Eston
Going the Extra Mile – Linda Dickinson of Eston
Best Impact in the Community – Simon Murkin of Grangetown.
Special Recognition Award – Kim Gallagher of Teesville.