SARH customer short-listed in national awards
A SINGLE mum who has dedicated herself to helping others in the community has made the regional shortlist for a national award.
Stafford and Rural Homes entered one of their customers, Denny Corbett, into the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Tenant of the Year award due to her commitment to helping others in Rising Brook.
“I’m absolutely amazed to be shortlisted for this award. The community has lots of people who do great work and I’m just one person doing my bit,” said Denny, 54.
“It is really important that we work together as a community to make where we live a better place for our children to grow up and to make sure we build stronger relations between the generations living in the area.”
SARH nominated Denny for the award because of her hard work and dedication to supporting others in her community.
Chris Plant, Customer Participation Manager for SARH, said: “Denny has a great understanding of her community’s needs and, as a result, is never far away when someone needs some neighbourly advice.”
Denny is the chair of Rising Brook South Tenants’ and Residents’ Association and has also served on the Executive Committee of SARH Tenants and Residents Association.
As if she was not busy enough, Denny also sits on the Rising Brook Baptist Church quarterly forum, is a Stafford and Rural Homes customer inspector, runs a youth forum and sits on various customer focus groups and joint consultation groups within SARH.
Denny is able to combine all this work with being a mum-of-three and serving as a school governor.
A long list of roles include working with Stafford Borough Council on public forum issues and a place on the Community Allotments Association.
Her people skills have allowed her to form links with local and county councillors as well as the police.
“Denny is proving an inspiration to other customers in how they communicate with us and other organisations. They really look up to her and have seen that her direct, but polite approach can lead to great results for the community,” said Chris Plant.
The TPAS Tenant of the Year award is initially contested in three regions; the North, Midlands and Southern.
Denny has been shortlisted in the Midlands regional finals and an awards dinner to announce the winner will take place at the St John’s Hotel Birmingham, in Solihull, on March 18, 2010.
The Midlands winner will then go forward to the national final, and the overall winner will be announced at the TPAS annual conference in August 2010.
Karen Armitage, Chief Executive of SARH, said: “We are delighted that Denny’s efforts in the local community have led her to be shortlisted in this prestigious award and everyone at SARH wishes her all the best in the regional finals.”