Good neighbour awards for community spirit


Two Derwent Living residents have been recognised at a national awards ceremony, for their community spirit.

Nora Sanders from Allestree, was nominated for her Good Neighbour Award for helping out at social events at the Derwent Living housing scheme where she lives. Her neighbours describe her as a kind-hearted person who will provide a helping hand whenever it is needed.

Nora received her award at an annual event hosted by property and leisure management, development and regeneration company, Places for People – of which Derwent Living is a part.

The awards celebrate the commitment and positive impact that residents have on their local community and neighbours’ daily lives. The award is a display of gratitude towards Nora for the little things she does which make a big difference.

Nora is among 40 customers who received Good Neighbour Awards for assisting fellow residents at a special lunch held in York. Brenda Tipper from Mickelover was also presented with a Good Neighbour Award. Brenda was nominated for the support she’s provided to an ill neighbour, running regular errands for her and visiting often to keep her company.

Nora said: “It was a real surprise to be recognised with an award, but I must say it feels very nice to be appreciated. I just try my best to look out for other people in my building, and make sure everyone has help when they need it. “It was very inspiring to hear some of the incredible stories across the country at the event, I hope it encourages more people to take pride in their own communities.”

David Cowans, Group Chief Executive of Places for People who presented the winners with their awards, said: “We look forward to the Good Neighbour Awards each year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the inspiring acts and positive behaviour of individuals in our neighbourhoods, which may otherwise go unnoticed.

“They may not know it, but these people are making real differences to their communities and neighbours’ lives. They are our everyday heroes and are truly deserving of the recognition.”