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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Best in housing celebrated at annual awards night


Housing professionals and organisations are recognised at awards ceremony for their contributions to local communities.

Winners of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Housing Awards 2016 were announced on Friday 4 March at Belfast City Hall. The awards aim to showcase excellence and recognise the people making a difference in communities across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The event, now in its seventh year, was sponsored by Choice Housing. Award categories included promoting integration, housing hero and raising standards in the private rented sector. The winners were chosen by an independent panel of expert judges except for best housing story which was decided by public vote.

Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland said: "These awards exhibit the excellent work being done by organisations and individuals to support people in housing need in our communities. This year the standard was extremely high and we have been impressed by the innovation shown by the housing industry in what is very challenging times. I am confident that the achievements of the winners and finalists will inspire others to deliver the best possible services for tenants and communities."

Congratulating the winners Social Development Lord Morrow MLA said: "These awards recognise the broader role that housing plays in building and sustaining communities, and celebrate the fantastic work being carried out by housing professionals across Northern Ireland. My congratulations to all the award winners, you have all made a significant contribution to improving the lives of our social housing tenants."

CIH would also like to thank the individual sponsors and supporters of the awards: Fold Housing Association, Irish Council for Social Housing, Supporting Communities, Helm Housing, Sunbeam House Services, Clanmil Housing Group, Lagan Group, Habinteg, TDS Northern Ireland, Saliis, and the Housing Executive.


For more information please contact Justin Cartwright, CIH Northern Ireland policy and public affairs manager on +44 28 9077 8222, +44 7824 304 351 or

Notes to editors:

1. List of winners:

Working together award jointly sponsored by Irish Council for Social Housing and Supporting Communities
Apex Housing – Rossorry House

More than bricks and mortar award sponsored by Helm Housing
Housing Executive – oil buying scheme

Excellence in developing skills and capacity award
Fold Housing – Fold skills and capacity training programme

Excellence in customer service award sponsored by Sunbeam House Services
TDS Northern Ireland – tenancy deposit scheme

Promoting integration award sponsored by Clanmil Housing
Choice Housing – Root Soup

Sustainable development award sponsored by Lagan Group
Choice Housing – Killynure Green Carryduff

Housing hero sponsored by Habinteg
Cecil Lemon – Highfield Residents’ Society

Raising standards in the private rented sector sponsored by TDS Northern Ireland
Rea Estate Agents – A blueprint for the future PRS

Best housing story sponsored by Saliis
Apex Housing – Ardavon

Special recognition award
Túath Housing – Clare Village

Chairman’s award
Helm Housing – dementia friendly

CIH undergraduate student of the year
Bronagh Delargy

Postgraduate of the year
Laura Moore

Young professional of the year sponsored by the Housing Executive
Fearghal Burke – Fold Housing

CIH professional of the year
Laura O’Dowd – Supporting Communities

2. The 2016 judging panel:

David McCallum FCIH, chairman of the judging panel
Dan Corr, CIH Northern Ireland board
Mark Gilmore, Chartered Institute of Building
Dr Jenny Muir, housing policy consultant
John O’Connor CIHCM, Housing Agency
Faith Westwood, Housing Rights

3. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at:

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