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Two up for Housing

Heroes awards

Two committed and

hardworking emh homes

residents have been

shortlisted for the

national Housing Heroes

awards, which celebrate

the unsung heroes of the

housing world.

Colin Norman has been

nominated for the


Lifetime Contribution


Colin is an emh group Board

member, but many of you in the

Blaby area will remember him

as the Chair of Three Oaks

Homes and, before that, the

Blaby District Tenants

Federation. Colin has been a

committed champion of

tenants for over 15 years, not

just at emh group, but also at

various other housing

organisations across the East

Midlands. He recently


Reach for the

Stars: My Journey in Social


, the story of his time

as a tenant representative from

2001 to the present and his

views on the many changes

that have taken place over the

last fifteen years.

“Being nominated makes me

feel proud for all the

people who have helped

and supported me over the

last 15 years. The tenants

who worked so hard at the

Blaby DC transfer, the

emh group staff who have

always supported me,

my colleagues and friends

at Blaby DC - particularly

Sandra Whiles, the Chief

Executive - my special

colleagues and friends at

emh group - Chan Kataria

and Joanne Tilley - and the

emh group Board who

even in these challenging

times always keep to our

ethos no matter what. A big

thank you to them all.”

Colin Norman

Our second nominee is

Anne-Marie Higton from

Ilkeston in Derbyshire,

who has been shortlisted

for the


Tenant / Resident of the



Anne-Marie has really shone

over the past year. She is

a founder member and

co-creator of Erewash Voice –

a group to help residents

contribute to service

improvements in an informal,

practical and local way.

The success of Erewash

Voice means that a similar

model will soon be trialled in

other areas, to offer emh

homes customers a new way

to make their views known

and heard.