Spirit of Housing 21

The Spirit of Housing 21 awards celebrate the achievements of our customers, and encourage people to live a great later life and enjoy older age.  This year's ceremony took place during our annual conference and focused on five main categories that can help people stay switched on and active in later life. The awards were presented by Dominic Rothwell, Director of Business Development.

Live Active

An example of a lively court, where there are opportunities to take part in a variety of activities in the court or in the local community.



Attley Court, Wellingborough - for their fantastic and varied range of activities, both within the court and in the local community.

  • 52 games afternoons
  • 52 bingo sessions
  • 52 Age Concern tea-timers clubs
  • 12 fish teas
  • 208 Wii fitness sessions
  • Entering a float into the local carnival
  • Raising money for a young local leukaemia sufferer, as well as many trips and outings.

Rita Welsh and Mary Rose Verstraeten accepted the award on behalf of the court.

Runners up

  • Harvey Longworth Court, Rossendale
  • Trinity House, Oldham


Be Inspired

Someone who has undertaken a challenge over and above the norm, done something exceptional, or achieved something challenging.



Gertie Painter, Randall Schofield Court, Crawley. Gertie had, at 96 years old, completed eight abseils raising over £10,000 for Clic Sargent, a cancer charity. Gertie sadly passed away recently doing the thing she loved most – abseiling. She was a true inspiration to all who knew her. The award was presented to her niece Sonia Apted and the prize will be given to her favourite charities.

Runners up

  • Trevor Beech, Lido House, Oldham
  • Janet Coppard, Lea Court, Madeley


Get Connected

The best example of how the use of digital media has made a difference to life on court



Hancock Court Residents’ Association who successfully applied to the National Lottery to fund the Young at Heart project. They received a PC with disabled friendly equipment, laptops and a digital camera. Joseph Doyle and Margaret Kelly from Hancock Court accepted the award.

Runners up

  • Harvey Longworth Court, Rossendale,
  • Residents and Eddie Walker, Lea Court, Madeley


Working Together

The best example of staff, customers and the community working in partnership on joint projects to achieve a common goal.



Mrs Iris Ellis and Mrs June Thompson of Turnbull Court, Leeds, who both worked non-stop to prepare a wonderful selection of food at the recent Winter Warmer Event at the court. The event aimed to give vulnerable local people from the area access to important information on how to save money but keep warm in winter, and was a prime example of joint working, with Age UK, three local courts and Housing 21 staff working together. Iris and June were at the conference to accept the award.

Runners up

  • Frank Howe Court, Milton Keynes
  • Madeley Centre volunteers and Lea Court committee, Madeley


Good Neighbours

Someone who has done something really special in going that extra mile to help either individuals or the court as a whole.



Neil Skerrit, Henry Vernone Court, Hull, for his work around the court, from running errands for neighbours to making the unwelcoming and dark communal lounge into a bright modern space, and acting as entertainer at the Christmas part. Neil is a tremendous help to all his neighbours, running people to hospital appointments and doing odd jobs. Neil attended the evening dinner at the conference to accept his award.

Runners up

  • Jean Blowes, Ebbage Court, Woking
  • Sidney Jennings, Queen Mother Court, Rochester