A CityWest Homes resident has won a national award for her extensive community work throughout Westminster.
Kay McCormack won Tenant of the Year (southern region) at the annual Tenant Participation Advisory Service (Tpas) awards. The awards recognise excellence throughout social housing providers, tenants and contractors and celebrates best practice throughout the housing sector.
With over 40 years as a Maida Vale resident, Kay has made a huge impact in her neighbourhood and beyond. Kay holds a number of different roles in the local community; she is currently the Chairperson of Carlton Vale Resident Management Organisation, Maida Vale Residents’ Association, Safer Neighbourhood Ward Panel (Maida Vale), a non-executive board member of the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations and a Member of a Local Street Environment Team.
Kay has successfully bid for community funding, secured community space for residents as well as arranging trips, parties and Christmas dinners to harness community spirit and tackle isolation. Kay has also played a key role in the Safer Neighbourhood team, an environmental task force and helped to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in her neighbourhood.
CityWest Homes resident Kay McCormack said: “I was delighted to receive the Tenant of the Year Award. The awards ceremony was lovely and it was fantastic to meet so many other residents who are doing excellent work in their communities.
“I would like to thank CityWest Homes’ staff and the community for their continued support of our local projects - I couldn’t have won the award without them.
“I am excited about our next big plans for Maida Vale and will continue working with residents to build a community that we, and future generations, can enjoy.”
Lorna Whitehorn, Head of Resident Engagement and Opportunities at CityWest Homes said: “Kay is a true community champion. She always goes out of her way to support and campaign for Maida Vale and City of Westminster residents.
“Kay has a deep sense of pride for the local area which shines through in her endless enthusiasm, energy and ethos to create community cohesion.
“She is a real asset to the local community and we are so pleased that Tpas England has recognised Kay’s outstanding work on a regional level. We look forward to continuing our work with Kay as she drives forward changes that make her area an even better place to live.”
CityWest Homes resident Ljubisa Boskovic was also shortlisted for this award due to his excellent work in the community.
Tpas England holds three regional (Northern, Central and Southern) award ceremonies to determine the best in each area before the overall winners are unveiled at the national final.