It's always an honour to be shortlisted for an award, and we're thrilled that the work of our staff, and the projects they are involved with, are being acknowledged for their fantastic work. We'd like to share with you a breakdown of the awards which we've either been shortlisted for, or have won recently.
The Spirit of Manchester Awards acknowledge the work being carried out in Manchester’s voluntary community and social enterprise sector, and we're delighted to announce that the Anson Community Shop won the Best Partnership Initiative for their work with Healthy Me Healthy Communities in setting up a community shop. The shop allows members to purchase all their weekly shopping for just £2.50 and is run by a dedicated volunteer team, without which the shop simply could not operate. It provides a valuable service to the local community and we're so proud of all it has achieved!
More good news is that the Anson Community Shop has also been nominated for a Community Impact Award! The shop not only provides affordable food, but is helping to reduce social isolation by bringing the community together and providing a delivery service for six local people who are unable to make it to the shop. The shop has become a place to meet for a drink and a chat and is breaking down barriers to people accessing support services such the debt and money advice and employment support which our One Money offer there.
You can vote for the Anson Community Shop to win this award by visiting the Community Impact Award website!
The Women in Housing awards celebrated their 5th year of recognising the achievements of women across the housing sector. This year Angela Salami, our group director of communities, was nominated for a Landmark Achievement Award. The award honoured inspirational person whose careers have spanned over 20 years within the social or commercial housing sector and who has made a significant impact on the sector. We were thrilled that Angela was nominated for this award as she certainly fits this description. Although narrowly missing out on winning this year, we are sure she will gain much more recognition in years to come.
This national award recognises and celebrates the talent and diversity among apprentices within the Asian community, as well as the employers who are reaching out to them. We're so proud that One Manchester's own Senior Customer Service Adviser, Ginda Patel, was nominated for this award which will took place on 2 November. He was unfortunate not to win but there was lots of very strong competition.
The Be Proud Awards exist to celebrate the large number of volunteers and the unsung heroes that make Manchester great. The On Top of the World project has been nominated for the Creativity in the Community award, which is an award for any creative project that strengthens communities and benefits people. The project, which received funding through our Community Fund, aims to engage high-rise block residents with cultural experiences which they might previously have missed out on.
These awards are celebrated nationally, and are for the very best residential development across the UK from the past year. The Aaben, our recent development on Leaf Street in Hulme, has been nominated for the Best Build to Rent award. A selection of finalists will be invited to the event in London on 23 November and the winners will be announced later that evening.
We want to say a huge congratulations to the projects which have already received their well-deserved recognition, and wish the very best of luck to everyone involved in the upcoming awards. Whatever the outcomes, they're all winners in our eyes!