Phoenix named as national awards finalist for resident involvement

Updated: 5 February 2016 at 11:45am

We are pleased to be in the running for a national award in recognition of our commitment to involving residents in our services and projects.

Phoenix has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Outstanding Approach to Tenant Involvement category of the UK Housing Awards 2016, run by Inside Housing magazine and the Chartered Institute of Housing.

We are London's first ‘community gateway’ housing association, a model that makes us different from most housing associations. We are led by our residents – both our Chair and Vice Chair are Phoenix tenants – and more than 3,000 of our tenants and leaseholders are shareholding members of the organisation.

Later this year council tenants in Hammersmith and Fulham will consider whether to transfer 17,000 homes to a housing association with a similar model.

We offer a wide range of other involvement opportunities for tenants and leaseholders. These include a Community Chest where residents take control of a £100,000 annual fund and vote on which Lewisham projects should receive a share of the money. The scheme has so far awarded £300,000 to over 30 projects benefitting more than 3,000 people, and it won a national Community Achievement accolade at the 24housing Awards 2015.

 

Voting at our 2015 Community Chest event

 

Residents are the largest group on our Board and can take part in a wide variety of consultative groups, ranging from communications to policies. Find out more about how to get involved.

Jim Ripley, Chief Executive, said: “We believe that social housing residents should take a leading role in determining how we allocate resources and what kind of services they and their neighbours should receive. They’re the experts on their local area and they’re the people who know what changes and what projects will make the biggest difference.

“We’re delighted to be named as finalists in the UK Housing Awards. It’s fantastic that we’re starting to win national recognition for our work in involving residents in all we do. I hope that will encourage other social landlords to give their tenants and leaseholders a real say in matters that affect their lives and their futures.”

Resident and staff representatives from Phoenix will now take part in a judging interview ahead of the awards ceremony in London on 26 April 2016.