Westminster resident wins national award for community work

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Kay McCormack wins Tenant of the Year at TPAS awards

Kay McCormack, a CityWest Homes tenant, has won Tenant of the Year at the National Tenant Participatory Advice Service (TPAS) awards for her work in the community. 

The award was presented to Kay at a national ceremony that took place in Warwickshire on 12 July. This is after Kay won Tenant of the Year for the southern region earlier this year. 

Nominated by CityWest Homes, Kay took home the prize for her extensive community work throughout Westminster and specifically Maida Vale, where she has lived for over 40 years. 

As well as participating in a number of CityWest Homes-led initiatives, Kay also consistently volunteers her time to support as well as pioneer numerous community groups to help make her neighbourhood the best it can possibly be. 

Using her experiences of volunteering in the community, she has also been instrumental in helping her neighbours and peers to get involved as well. Kay holds a certificate in Tenant Participation Practice from the Chartered Institute of Housing and is always keen to share her knowledge and experience to help others.

Kay said: “I’m thrilled to receive the Tenant of the Year Award and to have attended the awards ceremony, where it was fantastic and inspirational to meet so many other like-minded residents and tenant involvement teams who are doing excellent work in their communities.

“I would like to thank CityWest Homes’ staff, residents from my own TMO and the community for their continued support of our local projects - I couldn’t have won the award without them.”

“I would also like to thank TPAS for arranging the awards ceremony and for the recognition of the work individuals do up and down the country.”

From helping isolated neighbours to rolling up her sleeves to mucking in the community gardens, Kay is known for going above and beyond to help others. She is also Chair of the Carlton Vale Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) and as a result has worked closely with the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations. 

Lorna Whitehorn head of resident engagement at CityWest Homes said: “We nominated Kay for this award as she has tirelessly dedicated herself to her community for decades. 

“Not only is she is great support for us in helping to get resident opinion and feedback on different things, but her neighbours, fellow tenants and local councillors consistently sing her praises for the impact she has had on the local community.”