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Howdens Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards

Introduction

The Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Awards are intended to provide a method for showcasing exemplary contributions to the field of private sector empty homes work in Scotland.  

The awards are open to practitioners, campaigners, community groups and elected members who raise the profile of private sector empty homes issues in Scotland. Self-nomination is encouraged! Closing date for entries is midnight on 6th October 2017.  

There are several categories in which you can nominate a person, organisation or group that you feel deserves recognition.

Outstanding Project

The Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for this category will be given to a project that has been completed over the past year.  This could be any kind of property, including commercial, provided that the end result contains residential housing.  Elements such as innovation, replicability, and promotion of the outcomes of the project will be part of the judging criteria.

Outstanding Service

The Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for this category will be given to a service that over the past year has, in the view of the judging panel, best engaged in activity to bring private empty homes back into use.  Elements such as creativity, replicability, and commitment to best practice sharing as well as outputs and outcomes will be part of the judging criteria.

Outstanding Individual

The Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for this category will be given to an individual who over the past year has, in the view of the judging panel, best engaged in activity to bring private empty homes back into use.  

This individual can be but doesn’t need to be an empty homes practitioner, for example the individual could also be an elected member, Housing Association partner, or a community member who has made an impact on empty homes in their area.  This award is for an individual who has gone above and beyond the day job to promote and champion empty homes work in Scotland.

Best Use of the Media

A well timed press release or visually arresting photo call can draw much needed attention to your empty homes project or service.  The Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for this category will be given to an organization, group or individual, who over the past year has, in the view of the judging panel, best used the media to further their objectives to bring private sector empty homes back into use.

Best Before & After Photo

Every picture tells a story – the Howdens’ Scottish Empty Homes Champion of the Year Award for this category will be given to an individual or organisation who, in the view of the judging panel, has submitted the best before and after photo of an empty property brought back into use. This can be a single before and after photo or a series of photos.  (Nomination hint:  the impact is always greatest when the before and after photos are taken from the same angle & distance)

Nominations

For all of the categories the panel will only judge from those submitted to them – so don’t be shy to nominate yourself – we know those in the Empty Homes field often work on their own and may not have colleagues to put them forward.

Nominations will be accepted from the 11th September until midnight on the 6th October.

Information to be included:

  • The name of person/organisation/group you are nominating (this can include yourself or your own organisation)which category you would like the nomination to be considered under
  • The nature of the contribution to private sector empty homes work
  • any other supporting information you wish to provide [for the use of media category this should include copies of the news story or descriptions of media coverage (i.e. TV/Radio) achieved; for best before and after photo we require photos in jpeg format)

Nominations should be sent to emptyhomes@shelter.org.uk

Decision committee:

The decision committee consisting of the award sponsor, Howdens Joinery, and the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership Advisory Group who will meet in October 2017 to agree on the winners.  The winners will be announced at the Scottish Empty Homes Conference 2017.

Have a look at previous winners to inspire your application.

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