Last week residents of Sutton came together to celebrate recognition for community
champions and unsung heroes, who go above and beyond to make a real difference in
The Sutton’s Stars Awards, was the first of its kind held by Sutton Housing Partnership
(SHP). Over the last few weeks SHP has been looking for local heroes, often working
quietly and tirelessly for the good of the community and often without recognition.
The event, held at the Salvation Army was also dedicated to celebrate SHP’s 10 year
anniversary, with significance on improved housing services in the borough during this
time. This has been evidently aided by residents’ commitments to improving their
neighbourhoods through various groups and forums, community events and Residents’
SFTRA (Sutton Federation of Tenant and Resident Associations) and the SLA (Sutton
Leaseholders Association) were also commended on their 20 years in service. SFTRA has
supported tenants, leaseholders and residents associations through many different
avenues, giving advice and support to existing Residents’ Associations and encouraging the
establishment of new associations in the borough.
As part of the evening, the winners of the Sutton’s Stars competition were announced.
Over 50 nominations were submitted for the below categories:
Community Champion – Someone who has shown themselves to be someone
special, who works quietly and tirelessly for the good of the community.
Good Neighbour – With no fuss or expectation of reward, will go out of their way to
help a neighbour, giving support above and beyond what might be expected.
Residents’ Association of the Year – The outstanding group that does more than
expected to support and help all those in the community.
Service Provider of the Year – Awarded to an external provider who gives best
service to residents throughout the year.
SHP Employee of the Year – Recognition for services to residents above and
beyond that normally expected.
Over 100 Tenants, leaseholders, Councillors and The Mayor of Sutton – Councillor
Richard Clifton came together to honour achievements of local people who have made a
real difference in the Sutton community.
The Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Richard Clifton said, “I would personally like to thank all
tenants and leaseholders for their committed involvement over the last decade, which has helped
to improve housing standards in Sutton. It was overwhelming to see
so many residents in
attendance and a privilege to witness those receiving recognition for bringing positivity and lasting
impact to the borough.“
The Judging Panel consisted of SHP’s CEO, Andrew Taylor, Dawn Eustace (Head of
Tenancy Sustainment and Income at SHP), Councillor Jayne McCoy, SHP Board Member
Gary Miles and SHP resident and SFTRA member Terry Haswell.
Among the winners was Sheila Young, who won the “Community Champion” Category.
Sheila was selected for this award as she is quietly supportive and actively involved with
older people’s services such as organising events and initiatives within her sheltered
housing scheme, which has helped reduce social exclusion and loneliness in many of her
Jill Eldridge and Malcolm and Mandy Carter were joint winners for the “Good Neighbour”
category. Jill received six separate nominations for her constant support to her
neighbours. Mandy and Malcolm have helped create gardens from overgrown bushes and
have made a big difference in making their estate feel like a community.
Shanklin Residents’ Association picked up the “Residents’ Association of the Year” award,
which recognised the group’s work, which has benefitted tenants and leaseholders on the
estate, aiming to resolve local issues to benefit the wider community.
The “Service Provider of the Year” category was awarded to Smith & Byford, who have
shown high standards of service and are always on hand to help with community events
and safety awareness activities. Smith & Byford have selected to donate their prize money
to the Carl Burrows Trust.
Caretaker Patrik O’Riley and winner of “SHP Employee of the year” received three
nominations. Patrik was commended for going out of his way to help residents and staff
and being a hardworking, cheerful asset to SHP.
Each award for those selected as the Highly Commended and overall Winner received a
certificate and High Street shopping vouchers, presented by Joanne Cambra (Executive
Director of Neighbourhoods) and Councillor Jayne McCoy (lead Councillor for housing in
Sutton and Chair of the Housing, Economy & Business Committee).
Councillor Jayne McCoy said, “It has been rewarding to be involved in the Sutton’s Stars
Awards and recognising the people who make a real difference to the lives of others in our
borough. Hearing how so many local residents go above and beyond shows what a strong sense
of community there is in Sutton. I hope Sutton’s Stars Awards become an annual occasion so we
can continue to honour our local heroes.”
The Sutton’s Stars also recognised a Highly Commended award in each category. The
runners up are:
Community Champion – Highly Commended – Arrieanne Bolt
Good Neighbour – Highly Commended – Devina Ballantyne
Residents’ Association of the Year – Highly Commended – Clockhouse Residents’
SHP Employee of the Year – Highly Commended – Annie Moral
Chief Executive of SHP, Andrew Taylor commented: “We were really pleased to hold this
event, which has celebrated significant anniversaries. In 2006, our services looked very different,
often underperforming. In the last 10 years we have placed a huge importance on working to
improve across all areas, which wouldn’t have been possible without the involvement of our
tenants and leaseholders. We are looking forward to the future and continued progression.”