Your award winning First Wessex
We were very pleased to take home a key award from the well respected 24housing Awards event. We won the ‘Welfare Wise’ award for our work supporting residents with government changes to the welfare benefits system.
We also took home the ‘Highly Commended’ title in the ‘Best Green Scheme’ category and received a nomination for ‘Communications Team of the Year’.
The national 24housing Awards celebrate the very best that the housing sector has to offer each year. Government policy changes have brought about challenges and the awards recognise the organisations that have demonstrated their ability to thrive in the new housing landscape. 14 awards were given out and the winners were selected by an expert judging panel that looked for entries that demonstrated value for money, best practice, successful outcomes and originality. The event was held in the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and was hosted by the comedian and TV presenter Mark Dolan.
We won the ‘Welfare Wise’ award thanks to our highly respected Money Advice and Benefits team, that has been involved in national trials, and works closely with key organisations, including councils and the Department for Work and Pensions. The team offer practical advice on money management and benefits, including the recent roll out of Universal Credit and the big changes to the Benefit Cap. Other services include helping residents back into employment and onto training courses. The team has secured an incredible £2 million in unclaimed benefits for its residents.
Best Green Scheme
We were also awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best Green Scheme’ category for Southdown View - which is one of the most sustainable and energy efficient buildings in Portsmouth. The scheme revamped a disused site and provided 59 quality and much needed affordable homes for the area. The building makes excellent use of cutting edge technology; the low carbon power unit and zero carbon solar panel technology has reduced the development’s carbon footprint by almost 30%, and saves residents around £231 annually on their bills. The clever design of Southdown View respects the site’s beautiful art-deco past and proves that the social housing sector can achieve significant environmental improvements whilst also setting a design standard.
It was a great evening - well done to all the First Wessex staff involved in the projects!
Date published: 8th Nov 2016