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Congratulations to Good Neighbour Award Winners

CBH Good Neighbour Awards 2018

The winners of Colchester Borough Homes' (CBH) Good Neighbour Awards, which celebrate those who go the extra mile for their community, were announced on Friday 2 November 2018.

The competition forms part of CBH's Resident Engagement Strategy and all tenants and leaseholders were invited to enter and nominate others to be in with a chance of winning vouchers worth £25.

The Good Neighbour Awards celebrate those who go above and beyond to improve their communities by working hard to create strong, inclusive communities throughout the borough. There were three categories; the 'Home Care Hero Award', the 'Community Champion Award' and the 'Friend in Need Award'.

The 'Friend in Need' category is for those who make their neighbours feel welcome, including welcoming new tenants and helping them feel comfortable. This was won by Mrs Phyliss Wood.

The Home Care Hero Award is for carers who are committed to helping others. They show patience, empathy and sensitivity while enabling people to be comfortable, confident and as independent as possible. The winner of this was Mr Frank Faulkner.

The results of the competitions were announced at an event held in the Mayor's Parlour at the Town Hall.

Gareth Mitchell, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes, said: "Our tenants and leaseholders have some really inspirational stories to tell. Many do a great deal for their local communities, which makes a significant difference to those around them and these awards give us the opportunity to recognise that.

"On behalf of everyone at Colchester Borough Homes, I would like to extend my congratulations to all the award winners and nominees. We would like to let them know that all the excellent work they do is very much appreciated."

Winners' stories:

Friend in Need winner, Mrs Phyliss Wood:

"Phyllis has been supporting her neighbour with the condition of her property, visiting her regularly, sometimes daily, to help her clean her flat and keep her company". "Her neighbour has 3 indoor cats which she was at risk of losing, Phyllis was aware of the impact this would have had so she has agreed to take on the responsibility of tending for them". "Although there is still a bit more work to do, through Phyllis' positive encouragement her neighbour feels empowered to continue improving her living environment".

Nominees:

  • Mrs Phyllis Wood
  • Mr Norman Whitfield
  • Mrs Sylvia Morrison
  • Mr Bobby Hunt
  • Mr Terry Boswick
  • Miss Elaine Godfrey

Home Care Hero, Mr Frank Faulkner:

Mr Faulkner is a very caring person and goes out of his way to make sure everyone feels welcome. Frank arranges the weekly coffee morning, which includes biscuits and cake. He has taken the time to get to know everybody, so much so he knows how neighbours like their tea and coffee. Frank also arranges the Harrison court afternoon film club, which is a perfect way for neighbours to feel included and not isolated.

Nominees:

  • Mrs Jackie Brighten
  • Miss Jane Wilson
  • Mrs Janet Sexton
  • Mrs Patricia Morrell