NFA Awards 2014: Categories

1. Best new build scheme

This award is open to all ALMOs who have developed new homes for their local community, including social and or affordable housing. The winning development will demonstrate that:

  • The development has met specific housing need in the local area
  • Has incorporated high levels of design and sustainability
  • The scheme has made best use of available public assets
  • It has added value to the local economy, for example through job creation, and/or the delivery of apprenticeships/training to local people

For further information, download the entry pack.

2. Managing energy efficiency and fuel poverty

This award will showcase the great improvements that ALMOs have made to the energy efficiency of existing homes. The project will need to evidence how improvements are impacting positively on the quality of life for residents and/or helping to address fuel poverty. The winning award will demonstrate:

  • That the improvements made have helped make properties more energy efficient, and how improvement have been funded
  • The positive impact improvements have had on residents' quality of life
  • How the changes have helped tackle fuel poverty

For further information, download the entry pack.

3. Improving the Private Rented Sector offer

This award will celebrate the positive contribution ALMOs are making in improving the quality of homes, and/or tenancy conditions and/or the standard of management within the private rented sector (PRS). The winning scheme will demonstrate:

  • An effective partnership with one or more private rented sector landlord, that results in the availability of an additional valuable housing option to people on the housing register, and has helped meet local housing need
  • How the ALMO, landlord, and tenants are all benefiting from the arrangement

For further information, download the entry pack.

4. Integrating housing care and support

This award provides an excellent opportunity for ALMOs to showcase how they are helping councils provide suitable housing and support options for elderly and vulnerable residents who may need additional support or specialist accommodation. The winner will be able to demonstrate:

  • Integrated care and support within their housing offer for older people
  • The development of services to support the wellbeing of older residents and others in the local community (for example; developing hubs in specialist housing/outreach services into local communities)
  • Effective partnerships with other public services such as social care/health to tackle local challenges for health and wellbeing

For further information, download the entry pack.

5. Tackling worklessness

This award will celebrate where ALMOs are working with their tenants and communities to help reduce worklessness, addressing issues such as long term and youth unemployment. The winning award will be able to demonstrate:

  • How positive change has been embedded within the community to help tackle worklessness
  • How their approach has resulted into positive outcomes for both residents and the provider
  • Evidenced successful case studies of how tackle worklessness has impacted on the community and also the wider economy

For further information, download the entry pack.

6. Helping tenants prepare for Universal Credit through digital inclusion

This award will recognise a project or initiative designed to help tenants manage the impacts of welfare reform, and in particular prepare for the introduction of Universal Credit through digital inclusion. The winning initiative will:

  • Demonstrate value for money and innovative ways to help residents prepare for changes as a consequence of welfare reform, and the introduction of Universal Credit
  • Support the use of digital technology to access information and advice
  • Demonstrate effective partnerships with community groups and advice agencies to maximise local available resources and funding (where available)

For further information, download the entry pack.

7. Managing the impact of welfare reform through financial inclusion

This award will recognise a project or initiative designed to help tenants manage the impacts of welfare reform, and prepare for the introduction of Universal Credit through financial inclusion. The winning initiative will:

  • Demonstrate value for money and innovative ways to help residents prepare for changes to their finances, as a consequence of welfare reform and the introduction of Universal Credit
  • Support the delivery of advice and services to increase financial inclusion, and help residents better manage their money and finances to help cope with the impact of changes in benefit
  • Demonstrate effective partnerships with community groups and advice agencies to maximise local available resources and funding (where available)

For further information, download the entry pack.

8. Most innovative social enterprise partnership

This award will celebrate the successful partnership between an ALMO and a social enterprise organisation. It will demonstrate how investment by the ALMO has helped create or support a local social enterprise business to develop a sustainable business model and meets its social goals. The winner will:

  • Have developed an innovative social enterprise that meets meet the needs of the local community and enhanced people's life chances
  • Be able to demonstrate a sustainable business model
  • Be able to evidence a social return on investment, and positive outcomes for local people and communities

For further information, download the entry pack.

9. Most effective communication campaign

This award recognises the challenge of identifying and engaging with customers effectively, and celebrates a successful marketing or communications campaign using multi channel communications. The winner will:

  • Demonstrate that it has developed innovative strategic approaches to delivering key messages, and utilised a wide range of communication tools to engaging with customers
  • Have incorporated a range of communication methods/tools, including online and social media presence, to keep varied target groups well informed and mobilised
  • Be able to evidence the desired outcomes and influence of the campaign to show it was effective

For further information, download the entry pack.

10. Apprentice of the year

This award recognises the efforts of a young apprentice and how they have made a difference within the ALMO. The winner will:

  • Demonstrate commitment to their work and studies
  • Make a consistently positive impression on their team colleagues and the wider organisation

For further information, download the entry pack.