One Manchester is celebrating after beating off competition from housing providers across the North to scoop the ‘Team of the Year’ award at the TPAS Northern Region Awards 2016 which took place in Manchester at the weekend.
The TPAS Awards celebrate the successes and hard work of tenants and landlords in the social housing sector in improving lives and bringing real and long-lasting change in communities.
The place-making organisation’s Opportunities Team won the award for the wide range of opportunities it provides to its tenants and local residents including employment, training and skills, enterprise, youth and cultural opportunities.
Susan Manuel-Oni, 50, from Gorton, describes the Opportunities Team as ‘unsung heroes’ who ‘gave her back her mojo’. Susan came across the team when a fall left her unable to carry on her work as a hairdresser. With two children to support and in the process of getting a divorce and moving back from Ireland, she didn’t know where to turn until she visited One Manchester’s housing office and heard about the team’s work.
Susan said: “All I had ever done was hairdressing, so I thought I had nothing to offer and was done. Then I met with Sarah from the team, got a place on a course with Mantra Learning and went from zero confidence to high confidence. They gave me the tools to get out there and set me on a road which has led me into nursing. I’m so thankful they found me.”
Other key achievements from the team which helped win over the judges included: working in partnership with the Friends of Fallowfield and Manchester City Council to transform Fallowfield Library, which was earmarked for closure, into The Place at Platt Lane, a thriving library and community resource which continues to grow; working with local schools and youth centres to deliver life skills programmes to young men and women which address issues such as body image, relationships, sexual exploitation and online safety; and working with organisations such as Home and the Royal Exchange Theatre to increase access to cultural opportunities in the city.
One Manchester’s Group Head of Communities, Angela Salami, said: “Winning this award is testament to the hard work of the Opportunities Team and One Manchester’s determination to provide a whole range of opportunities for our communities. Being able to connect all of these different offers and tailor them to meet the different needs of our customers is making a real difference to people’s lives and that’s what we’re about.”
Tpas Chief Executive Jenny Osbourne said: “The shortlisted finalists for this year’s Northern TPAS awards were exceptional. Every single nomination demonstrated how landlords and tenants working together can achieve fantastic, positive results for their communities.
“Our huge congratulations to One Manchester who impressed the judges with the wide range of services they are providing to meet the needs of tenants and local people.”
The Opportunities Team will now go forward to compete in the national TPAS Awards final in July.
About One Manchester
One Manchester owns and manages 12,500 homes in central, south and east Manchester.
We make a difference to people and places by creating opportunities, transforming communities and changing lives.
As an organisation that values an imaginative approach, we are constantly seeking new and innovative ways of investing, creating partnerships and bringing people together to make a long lasting, positive impact on our communities. We call this social innovation.
These are exciting times for the city of Manchester and the wider region. We have ambitious plans to build on the success of Manchester, to ensure growth continues in the housing, services and partnerships that we provide.
In developing new homes and business opportunities, we aim to offer more choice, quality and value to our existing and new customers alike.
About One Manchester’s Opportunities Team
The team works closely with local employers and training providers to offer work placements, training and job opportunities. In the past year alone has supported 410 people into training and 138 people into work. More than 150 people have accessed business start-up training and 52 new businesses have been supported. Approximately 1,000 young people have participated across in youth activities across east and south Manchester and more than 100 people have accessed cultural opportunities in the city.
For further information please contact Mark Coleman at Social Communications on 0161 660 9889 or email firstname.lastname@example.org