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It’s the countdown to finals of the Tpas Awards and we have four tenants shortlisted for these prestigious housing awards. The Tpas Awards showcase the compelling and inspirational success stories of tenants, landlords and contractors working together across the communities of England. They are an opportunity for social housing providers and tenants across the UK to be recognised for their excellent work, sharing their best practice amongst the sector.

James Haigh, community investment manager, Yorkshire Housing said:

“I’m really proud that so many of our excellent tenants have been rightly shortlisted in four highly prestigious Tpas Awards categories. It really is a case of everything crossed for the awards ceremony.”

The awards ceremony takes place 29 March 2019. Yorkshire Housing’s shortlisted categories are:

The Cliff Whitely Tenant of the Year – Hayley Carroll

In May 2016, Hayley’s younger brother Samuel took his own life. She wanted to do something positive to come out of her experience by encouraging young men to talk about their mental health. She established local charity Samuel’s Rainbow, which does a great deal of local work to support mental health in her community.

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Inspirational Young Tenants of the Year – Skyler & Ellis Carroll

Samuel, the boys’ uncle took his own life. The boys were inspired by their aunty Hayley, who wanted to raise people’s awareness of the impact of mental health on young men.

The boys get involved in Samuel’s Rainbow as much as possible and assist with a range of activities within their neighbourhood. They help so much and try so hard at Samuel’s Rainbow fundraisers and never stop.

Lifetime Achievement Award – Karen McIntyre

Karen McIntyre has lived on the Greatwood and Horse Close estate in Skipton North Yorkshire since she was four. Since taking on a full-time role as a community development worker, and then community centre manager with Yorkshire Housing, she been a driving force for enabling residents. She has helped to set up a crèche, a residents’ newspaper and an award winning community café. She is also a school governor and a town councillor.

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The Richard Crossley Excellence in Community Action Award – Neville’s Kitchen

Carol Mercer and Carys Roberts set up a lunch club at the Neville Crescent Community Centre in Gargrave, North Yorkshire, to help elderly Yorkshire Housing residents who were not eating well and who were socially isolated. The luncheon club provides home-cooked meals and even delivers them to residents who are unable to get out and about.