Congratulations to Charlotte Wright, Housing and Community Strategy Officer, for winning the Mo Slade Rising Star Award at the Essex Housing Awards 2023.
Essex Housing Awards
The Essex Housing Awards took place on Thursday 2 November at Greenwoods Hotel & Spa, Ingatestone.
This year Epping Forest District Council’s (EFDC) housing team and officers were shortlisted in 3 categories.
Well done to officers Holly McCauley, Senior Rehousing Officer who was also shortlisted for the Mo Slade Rising Star Award and to Leanne Turner, shortlisted for the Housing & Development Professional of the Year. EFDC’s independent living scheme was nominated for the Medium Housing Scheme award.
Mo Slade Rising Star Award
This award is for a young person or apprentice who has become a rising star within their organisation, and who make a significant contribution to a housing project or service.
Charlotte was 1 of 9 shortlisted for the award and was thrilled to be recognised for her contribution to various housing projects since joining as an apprentice in November 2020.
As part of her apprenticeship, Charlotte worked in Rehousing, Homelessness, and Temporary Accommodation dealing with high levels of demand and pressure.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Charlotte consistently showed compassion, respect and maturity while working on a project to interview residents about their experiences. She was also instrumental in setting up an exhibition on homelessness in Epping Forest District Museum, designed to open people’s eyes to the issues of homelessness.
This year, Charlotte has helped EFDC to deliver its Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Delivery Plan and Housing Strategy.
Charlotte is continuing her development and is studying for her Chartered Institute of Housing Level 4 Certificate.
Cllr Holly Whitbread, Cabinet Member for Housing and Strategic Health Partnerships said:
Congratulations Charlotte! And a huge well done to all those who were nominated. All your hard work is very much appreciated.
Awards like this show how much talent, hard work, compassion, and drive there is within housing teams across the county.
EFDC recognises the value of apprenticeships and providing opportunities for young people in the district. I am so proud of the work our housing team does. Not only in looking after our residents, but working together and with colleagues, across the organisation, to help nurture young people at the start of their careers.
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