Winners announced in annual customer awards

  • 9th December 2022

  • Customers

A student inspiring youngsters to stay fit and healthy, a youth club providing a safe space off the streets and a recycling enthusiast crafting sleep mats for the homeless are just three of the winners in whg’s annual customer awards.

Each year the leading Midlands’ landlord holds its Recognising our Customers and Communities (ROCCs) Awards to celebrate customers and members of the wider community who make a real difference in their neighbourhood

This year the judging panel consisted of a team of customers, who selected winners in seven categories. Each winner will receive a £100 gift voucher as a thank you for all their hard work.

The winners are:

Good neighbour – Patricia Sherret

Patricia has been instrumental in bringing together residents where she lives. Her coffee mornings, weekly get togethers and vibrant floral displays have helped create a real sense of community and she has made the scheme a happy and vibrant place to live.

Young hero – James Roberts

For the last three years college student James has dedicated his spare time to volunteering with The Inspire Group in Walsall. He helped set up a sports youth group and now coaches children aged 5 to 12, inspiring young people to reach their potential and stay fit and healthy.

Living your best life – Jennifer Tobin

Jennifer has overcome numerous obstacles over the last few years to achieve her goal of returning back to a career as a dental nurse. It has not been easy but through determination and resilience she has turned her life around and is now thriving.

Outstanding community group – Walsall Black Sisters Collective

Walsall Black Sisters Collective has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people across Walsall. Through their work, which includes projects that empower women to look for work, a befriending service, daycare and financial support they are making a real difference to deprived and vulnerable communities.

Digital champion – Kicsters

Digital pop-up youth club Kicsters is a vital lifeline for young people, providing a safe place off the streets where 10 to 18-year olds can learn, grow and thrive. Young people are supported to make a positive impact in their community and learn digital skills to help improve their future success.

Environment champion – Samantha Richardson

Through her love of recycling and reusing Samantha is not just doing her bit for the environment but also supporting rough sleepers. Samantha uses plarn, made from recycled plastic bags, to weave sleep mats for homeless people and recycles old jumpers to make beds and hats for their dogs.

Diversity champion – Under Veil

Under Veil provides support for the LGBTQIA+ Community in Walsall, focusing on people from Black and Asian communities who are at risk of being discriminated, bullied, harmed or isolated from their community due to their sexuality. The charity offers a very much needed private and safe space for pastoral and social support.

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