Lancashire-based Progress Housing Group has been shortlisted in two categories for the Northern Silver Screen awards.

The awards, now in their 8th year, aim to showcase and celebrate some of the most innovative and life-transforming work carried out by northern housing associations within the communities they serve.

Two projects run by Progress Housing Group have both made it on the prestigious awards shortlist. Progress Housing Group’s Walton’s Parade project has been shortlisted in the Building Healthy Communities category and a member of the housing group’s Youth Forum, Lauren Buchanan, aged 20, is a finalist in the Inspiring Young Tenant category.

The housing group’s Walton’s Parade project was part of an initiative to promote healthy eating and wellbeing amongst its tenants. Staff from the housing group worked with residents from a supported living scheme in Preston, which provides short-term accommodation and support for people with enduring mental health needs who have recently been discharged from hospital or have left the prison system, to build a community garden and vegetable patch. The project proved to be a great success in getting the tenants to become more active, take notice of the world around them, learn new skills and give them a sense of achievement.

Lauren Buchanan from Penwortham became a community volunteer at the age of 16 after attending her local youth club. Lauren, who has recently had a little girl, now devotes hours every week to her community and is heavily involved in Progress Housing Group’s Youth Forum, inspiring other young people to get involved in community projects and have their say on what matters to them.

“By reaching this stage of the Northern Silver Screen awards, we have been able to showcase the ways in which we can make a real difference to the lives of people living in our communities.” Sian Coulton, Senior Community Involvement Manager

Kate Maughan, Head of Member Relations and Events at the Northern Housing Consortium, said: “The Northern Housing Consortium hosts its Silver Screen Awards annually and we’re delighted to showcase our members’ innovative work across a range of areas. We wish all the shortlisted entrants the very best of luck and look forward to meeting them at the awards dinner, which takes place on 23 November on the first evening of the Northern Housing Summit in Manchester.” 

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