This week (Monday 1 June) GreenSquare held its very first Angie Clapp Awards ceremony to recognise those individuals and groups who have worked to improve the lives of their fellow residents.
The awards have been set up in memory of Angie Clapp, a former Westlea and GreenSquare Board member and Chair of the Tenants Participation Advisory Service (TPAS), who sadly passed away in February 2014 (click here to find out more).
TPAS’ Chief Executive, Jenny Osbourne, who worked closely with Angie over the years, kindly agreed to judge the awards.
Jenny said: “Angie was a powerful and passionate advocate for residents and made a big difference to many people’s lives through her work in housing and in the community. It was great to see so many nominations for these awards and such an honour to be asked to judge the entries. Angie would have been so proud of the work everyone is doing.”
There are two winners – a group winner (£500 prize to be spent on group activities) and an individual winner (£250 prize). This year’s winners were announced at a tea party celebration event at GreenSquare's Swindon office, where Angie's daughter, Jo, presented the individual and group winners with their prizes.
GreenSquare resident Josie Owens won the individual award for her commitment to representing and supporting her fellow residents, and for her dedication and involvement with the organisation over the years. She said: “It was such a surprise to be nominated and I feel very privileged to be a winner at the first Angie Clapp Awards. Angie was a close friend and mentor of mine and she inspired me to take an interest in the way GreenSquare acts as a landlord and be a voice for my fellow residents.”
The winner of the group award was ‘Helping Victims of Domestic Violence’ (HVDV), which was set up in November 2014 by GreenSquare residents. The group is now a registered charity and has helped over 28 families in Wiltshire over the past six months. Kevin Thorne, one of the founders of the charity, said: “We are ecstatic to receive our first award. The prize money is great for the charity and will help lots of victims that have suffered domestic violence and the award itself means so much to us. It's great to receive an award in the memory of such an outstanding lady."