Alison Thain, Chief Executive of Tees Valley Housing Group, said: “The whole housing sector has recognised that we need to look again at the situation regarding housing provision in the 21st century. There is a general recognition that we cannot carry on building homes the way we have done over the past 20 years. What we are doing now is all about creating mixed communities that can create more sustainable neighbourhoods and ensuring that people like Iris and Vaughan can find suitable homes.
Housing Group has awarded a “Certificate of Achievement and Inspiration” to one of their residents in recognition of his sporting prowess. Martin Rowe, who is a tenant of Tees Valley Housing Group at High Street, Loftus, was a member of the 5-a-side football squad, which won bronze at the National Special Olympics, for people with learning disabilities, in Cardiff last month. He was also part of the squad that brought home a bronze medal from Holland in a similar European event.
In 1999 Martin won a gold medal for doubles and individual silver in the National Special Olympics ten-pin bowling event. An all-round sportsman, he has also participated in athletics and swimming events and will be travelling to Ireland next year for the 5-a-side European Championships. Phil Irvine, Supported Housing Officer forTees Valley Housing Group said: “We are all very proud of Martin and his sporting achievements. He has demonstrated just what can be achieved through hard work and determination.”
Martin said: “I enjoy taking part in all sorts of different sports and I was very pleased to win a football medal at the Special Olympics. I am looking forward to going to Ireland next year for the European Championships and hope I can keep playing for a few years yet.
Tees Valley Housing Group has found a new way to communicate with its partners by issuing its Annual Report on CDrom for the first time. The innovative move comes as TVHG is looking to move beyond its traditional role as a housing provider to develop a wider function as a community investment agency. The CDrom will be used as a new way of sending out TVHG’s messages about its work to its partners and stakeholders across the country, as well as key funding bodies like the Housing Corporation. The past year has seen TVHG re-awarded with two prestigious Charter Mark awards, and it has also been one of the driving forces behind the innovative Helping Hand Saving and Loan Scheme.