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Cranbrook residents awarded for their positive impact on the community

Cranbrook residents awarded for their positive impact on the community?

Two residents of the new community of Cranbrook  and a man who has transformed the gardens at an older persons’ housing scheme in Plymouth have been recognised at an award ceremony organised by a leading local housing association.

Sovereign Housing Association’s first ever Community Awards took place at Newbury College on Friday 24 October. The awards celebrate the positive impact that individuals, charities and community groups have had on Sovereign residents.

In total 19 prizes were handed out to recipient across Sovereign’s operating area, three of them from Devon: ?

Natalie Cann – Natalie does a huge amount of voluntary work at the new community of Cranbrook, including organising community events and helping new residents to settle in. ?

Natalie Cann receiving her Sovereign community award














Natalie Cann from Cranbrook with her Sovereign Community Award 


Junior Allen – Junior has transformed the garden at New Friars Court, Plymouth, from a derelict state into an award-winning garden that the 33 older people who live there can enjoy. ?

Elly Reed – Elly set up the Cornerstone toddler group at Cranbrook which became an important focal point for the new community. Up to 60 parents attend the group’s sessions.

The winners were given their awards by Sovereign Chief Executive Ann Santry and the Chairman of Sovereign’s Residents’ Council, Simon Byng.

"As an organisation, we aim to work with residents and local groups to build strong communities and change lives," said Ann Santry. "It’s been fantastic, therefore, to recognise a host of people from across our regions this evening who have made a real difference to our residents’ lives - ?their achievements were inspirational."

Natalie Cann said: "I often work with new residents who have moved into the area with little things like where the local amenities are, what’s on, how they can get about and general Cranbrook information. I have been in a situation where I moved into an area I didn’t know and found it quite difficult, therefore, wanted to make it a bit easier for everyone – to get recognition for helping people for something I enjoy is really great.

"I have been petrified for weeks. I don’t do what I do for things like this; I do it because I like doing it. I was very surprised to receive something like this."

In April, Sovereign residents and employees, and the general public were asked to nominate Sovereign residents, community groups and charities in their local area that had made a real difference to people’s lives.

Sovereign received more than 100 nominations from across its operating area and these were judged regionally; three winners were named in Devon.

"We want to celebrate these community stars who have helped to improve the lives of not just our residents but the wider community," said Nicky Mason, Sovereign’s Community Investment Manager.

"Our philosophy is that it isn’t just the homes that make a community; more than anything, it’s the people. Those that have received these awards put a huge amount of effort into improving their communities and?helping their neighbours. This is an opportunity to let them know how much they are appreciated."

Issued by Sovereign - 28 October 2014