Earlier this year West Oxfordshire’s ‘Our house’ community housing project was shortlisted as a finalist in the prestigious Tpas Awards.
The project supports single, under-35s who are in housing and employment need. They join Our house as ‘trainees’, living together in a house provided by us and are given support to get back into employment, education or training.
It was announced in January that the project had been shortlisted in the Employment, Training and Skills Project category of awards run by Tpas, the country’s leading tenant engagement experts.
The Awards, which were due to take place at a ceremony in Manchester in March, recognise excellent tenant engagement and best practice in the housing sector. However due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, the winners will now be announced online via Tpas’ virtual ceremony on 18 September instead.
Sam Stronach, Cottsway’s Communities officer who helped set up the project, said: “We have worked really hard to make sure that Our house is about much more than just putting a roof over heads and we’re really proud of what’s already been achieved.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted for this award, especially because there were many entries. It means so much because these awards recognise work that brings lasting change to communities so it’s wonderful that Tpas have found a way to continue to recognise projects such as this during the lockdown.”
Set up by Cottsway in partnership with West Oxfordshire District Council in 2018, ‘Our house’ already has two successful shared houses in Witney supporting seven trainees. Aspire, an employment charity and social enterprise, joined the partnership in April this year and a third house is due to be set up later in 2020.
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