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Orbit’s unsung hero awards open for public votes

Community champions are being applauded in the annual Orbit Thriving Communities Awards and for the first time, the public is being asked to decide the winners.

The Thriving Communities Awards celebrate Orbit customers and partners who go the extra mile to make a contribution to their local area or who have made a positive impact on their own lives. Orbit is one of the largest housing groups in the country and manages more than 45,000 homes in the Midlands, East and South and works with charities and social enterprises to improve local communities. Last year, Orbit invested £5.7m into communities and supported over 3,000 customers through its Better Days programme.

There are awards in three separate categories, including ‘The Brian Griffiths Award’, named in memory of the late Brian Griffiths, a former Orbit Board member and Chartered Institute of Housing President, who dedicated his life to helping others.

The public has until Sunday 26 July to cast their vote and details of the shortlisted nominees can be found at https://betterdays.orbit.org.uk/orbit-community-heroes.

Mark Hoyland, Group Chief Executive at Orbit, said: “While many award schemes have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we felt it more important than ever to put our customers first and to recognise our community heroes. Orbit leads in building thriving communities and we are delighted to share these inspirational stories and to ask the public to vote for their favourites.

“The situations and stories from our communities are often extraordinary and not told. The positive influence our nominees have; the difficulties they have overcome; and most of all the outstanding achievements and difference they have made; not just to themselves but to those around them.

“We want to shine the spotlight on the amazing people, charities, social enterprises, and businesses that share our values and make the world a better place, especially in current circumstances. We are always looking at ways to increase our impact on communities and these awards are to say well done and thank you. I wish the best of luck to all of our shortlisted nominees.”

There are 14 nominees who have been short-listed for the awards and the public is now voting to determine who will be crowned champion of the following categories:

The Brian Griffiths’ Award - Orbit customers who have overcome significant social barriers and have transformed their lives. Named in memory of the late Brian Griffiths, the winner will receive funding to support further learning experiences, self-employment plans or other personal development opportunities.

Better Days Award - Orbit customers or groups who have made a positive contribution to their community. The winner will receive funding to support the continuation of their positive work.

Stronger Together Award - Orbit supply chain partners who have made a positive contribution to the community. The winner will be crowned Orbit’s supply chain partner of the year and receive a deluxe hamper.

Details of the shortlisted nominees for the Orbit Thriving Communities Awards can be found online at https://betterdays.orbit.org.uk/orbit-community-heroes. Take the opportunity to say thank you to these amazing community champions and vote now. Votes close on Sunday 26 July 2020, with winners announced on Friday, 14 August 2020.