CityWest Homes celebrated a first at the prestigious TPAS Awards this month. At a ceremony on 14 February 2014, Grand Connaught Rooms, London, we scooped the ‘excellence in youth involvement’ award for a project which has engaged young people across the borough.
Known as the CityWest Factor, the project provided over £10,000 of funding for young people in Westminster to use on community projects. Aged 8 – 19 years old, they learned how to build a business plan and present their ideas to a panel of local resident representative judges. From group presentations to solo endeavours, young people have been learning how to make their case across the borough. The money has since been spent on a variety of sports and arts projects, as well as homework equipment.
Angela Ravenscroft, special projects manager, CityWest Homes, has been the driving force behind the projects. She said: “We have a very diverse community in Westminster and we’re always developing new ways to engage them. The CityWest Factor has done just that. We want to empower young people with ways to get involved in their neighbourhood.”
CityWest Homes was also shortlisted for our single equalities scheme in the ‘excellence in equality and diversity’ award category. As part of the scheme, equality and diversity training was delivered to both staff and residents.
Over the coming months, we will be discussing future projects with young people and plan to run the CityWest Factor again in 2014.
Photograph caption: The CityWest Homes team collect their award. From right: Clare Maslin, service improvement and corporate communications manager, Lorna Whitehorn, resident engagement and opportunities manager, Annabel Scott, executive assistant and events coordinator, Darren Levy, director of customer services, Angela Ravenscroft, special projects manager and Henning Riedel, youth project manager.