Smart Communities win Best Practice in Digital Involvement Award

Smart Communities

Thenue Housing has celebrated winning another award – just months after becoming ‘Housing Association of the Year’. The Association has won the Award for Best Practice in Digital Involvement at the Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) Good Practice Awards in St Andrews.

The award was given for its ‘Smart Communities’ initiative which helps people get to grips with technology, computers and tablets and provides free help in learning how to use the internet. Thenue said it has been an “outstanding success” in the three years it has been running and has helped hundreds of people.

Lawrence McCabe, community regeneration manager at Thenue Housing, said: “This is great news for Thenue and our customers. Helping people in our communities is one of our key objectives as a housing association.

“It is also a brilliant result for the staff who have worked so hard to make Smart Communities a success.”

In presenting the award, the host for the evening Sean Batty, quoted one of the project’s participants, Graeme, who said “The project has helped me become more confident which has helped me make new friends. It has broken my isolation of being in the house all the time and got me out through the week. Being involved in the project has given me more confidence using a computer because before I had never used one because I was scared of them.”

TPAS Scotland’s National Good Practice Awards, sponsored by Fife Council and supported by the Scottish Government, were awarded at a celebration gala dinner.Almost 400 tenants, staff and
board members from the entire length and breadth of Scotland cheered, applauded and congratulated the winners and runners up which stretched from Orkney to the Borders.

Calum MacKay, TPAS Scotland’s chairperson, said: “It’s fantastic that so much great work is going on throughout Scotland. I want to say well done to the winners, runners up and all those who do so much and give so much to improve housing services and communities.”

It was the first time the Best Practice in Digital Involvement Award was presented, and the staff are thrilled at being the first to receive the award.

TPAS Scotland said the project had scored great success in using digital services to enhance “real” lives.

This is great news for Thenue and our customers. Helping people in our communities is one of our key objectives as a housing association. It is also a brilliant result for the staff who have worked so hard to make Smart Communities a success.Lawrence McCabe, Community Regeneration Manager at Thenue Housing

Community Engagement Officer, Dawn McManus, Community Regeneration Manager, Lawrence McCabe, and Digital Inclusion Community Worker, Shay Anderson, proud to be winners of the TPAS Best Practice in Digital Involvement Award