Gentoo has gone through to the next round of a national competition that highlights the important community work carried out by social landlords above and beyond providing homes. You may have heard of the Government’s National Fraud Initiative (NFI), which is a data matching exercise that has been highly successful in detecting fraud and over-payments in excess of £400 million nationally. Do you know a graduate who is unemployed or under employed? Would they be interested in a one-year paid internship which will challenge, motivate and possibly lead to a job with Gentoo?
The Community Impact Awards, organised by the National Housing Federation, recognise the vast range of neighbourhood projects - from anti-social behaviour initiatives to support for older people - run by housing associations. The SAFE project has been shortlisted in the ‘Safer Streets’ category by a panel of tenant judges. The best in category and overall regional winner will be announced on 24th October at the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle.
Gentoo worked in partnership with Sunderland City Council, Northumbria Police and the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to deliver the ‘SAFE’ project. This prevention project was developed to educate children on personal safety and TO raise awareness of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB). A total of 956 pupils from local schools took part in the project and received interactive awareness training on fire safety, consequences of crime, internet safety, ASB and first aid.
Michelle Meldrum, Deputy Director, Gentoo Living said: “We’re delighted to have been selected for the next stage of the Community Impact Awards. It’s even more special to be chosen by a panel of residents living in social housing – they know first-hand the difference housing associations can make.
At Gentoo we are committed to reducing anti-social behaviour (ASB) so that all of our customers can feel safe in their communities. The SAFE project has successfully raised awareness around personal safety, crime prevention and ASB. This project is a outstanding example of local agencies working together to achieve a common goal. The national winner of the Community Impact Awards, which are sponsored by Morrison and 24housing magazine, will be announced early next year.
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