Progress Housing Group’s young tenant, Lauren Buchanon, won the Young Inspiring Tenant award at this year’s Northern Silver Screen Awards held at the Northern Housing Consortium’s Resident Involvement Conference in Blackpool on Thursday, 9th June 2016.  

Lauren, now aged 20, became a community volunteer at the age of 16 after attending her local youth club in Penwortham.  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.

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

Progress Housing Group was also shortlisted for the Building Healthy Communities category for their Walton’s Parade project in Preston.  This was an initiative to promote healthy eating and wellbeing amongst its supported living scheme tenants with enduring mental health needs by building 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.

Sian Coulton, Senior Community Involvement Manager at Progress Housing Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Lauren has been recognised for her work in the community.  She is a truly ‘inspiring young tenant’ and role model for other young people.  Both of our shortlisted awards have given us the opportunity to showcase the ways in which we can make a real difference to the lives of people living in our communities.”