Great night for Apex at Housing Awards
Apex Housing Association is celebrating after scooping three awards at the prestigious CIH Housing Awards in Belfast on Friday night; winning two solo awards and one for its involvement in a good relations partnership project.
The ‘Best Housing Story’ award was presented to staff from Belmont Cottages in Derry~Londonderry in recognition of the end of life care they provided to one of their tenants with learning disabilities – going as far as organising Christmas in October so she could experience the festive season one last time.
Apex was recognised through the ‘Working in Partnership’ award for its efforts to help those experiencing financial difficulties. Working with over 27 partner organisations, Apex works with tenants to identify the causes of financial stress and supports local families on a journey to improve their financial, social and emotional wellbeing.
Apex also shared in the success of the Housing Associations Integration Project (HAIP) which was awarded the ‘More than Bricks and Mortar’ award on the night for its good relations work in bringing communities from different backgrounds together across Northern Ireland.
Sheena McCallion, Chief Executive of Apex Housing Association, commented:
I am thrilled to see such important work recognised. These awards have acknowledged the things that we do that go above and beyond our main responsibilities as a social landlord, in areas like end of life care, assisting families in financial stress and in bringing diverse communities together.
In particular I would like to pay tribute to the staff of Belmont Cottages for demonstrating the exceptional and personalised care we provide to our tenants. It’s no surprise that the public vote recognised the story as award worthy as it was so emotive and inspiring.
The CIH Housing Awards took place in Titanic Belfast on Friday 21 February. The awards celebrate and recognise the best in housing in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, and showcase the amazing work and inspirational people seen in communities every day.