Community Heroes celebrated

News Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018

12 of our amazing tenants were recognised at NPH's Community Hero Awards on Tuesday 24th April.

The event recognised people that go above and beyond to support their neighbours and help their local community.

The competition included 2 categories nominated for by the community:

Great Neighbour – won by Maggie Kirton, a resident at Eleonore House older persons scheme
Community Champion – won by Rose Agar, who runs two older persons community clubs in Northampton.

Maggie praised for helping her neighbours:

 Over the last 12 years, Maggie of Eleonore House in Eastfield, has been fundamental in hosting social activities for residents, including bingo and singalong nights at the older persons housing scheme.

“I think it’s a case of we all muck in – it’s lovely,” she said.
“It’s a family, we all look after everyone else. There’s no rota on it.”

Maggie helps with coffee mornings, fish and chips suppers, popping to the shops for her neighbours and checking on the other tenants.

Rose praised for dedicating time to clubs:

Rose Agar, of Spencer, has been treasurer at two Northampton community clubs for more than ten years.

Rose provides a space at Dallington Diamonds and Kings Heath over 50s for older people in the community to get out of the house. The 85-year-old organises arts and crafts, morning exercise, flower arranging, and she puts on day trips too. She said: “It keeps me going, it gives me something to get up for in the morning.

Dave Pickard, Director of Operations said “this is our first year hosting this type of awards, and I think they were enjoyed by all. Social housing has such a variety of people and it is nice to recognise people doing good things in their community”.