Ongo celebrates after awards success

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jan 2018

Social landlord Ongo is celebrating after recent awards success.

The housing association was announced as winners in the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) Grand Awards 2018 this month.

Ongo has also been shortlisted for three awards in the Tpas northern region awards.

In the NCFD awards, the social landlord was shortlisted in three categories - the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) Lead of the Year, UK's Most Inspiring Individual of the Year and UK Steering Group of the Year.

Ongo was crowned winner in the EDI Lead of the Year and Steering Group of the Year.

The NCFD awards aim to celebrate the passion, dedication and hard work of organisations to promote the importance of equality and diversity and ensure it is embedded within their own business.

Ongo is recognised as a leader in diversity and holds the accreditation for this from the National Centre for Diversity. It achieved this for its dedication and commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. They promote equality and diversity through quarterly meetings with staff and tenants, awareness days and events on different topics. Most recently, a refugee awareness event was held at the Ongo HQ.

Karen Cowan, head of customer service and support, said: "We're absolutely delighted to have been announced as the winners in two of the categories, especially with the high standard of other organisations that were also shortlisted.

"We take equality and diversity very seriously here at Ongo, and we work hard to make sure our staff, tenants and contractors share this same understanding. It is amazing to have been crowned winners in EDI Lead and for our Steering Group to be named group of the year. I’m so proud of all the staff involved."

In the Tpas awards, Ongo was shortlisted in the Excellence in Tenant Engagement, Excellence in Engagement in Supported Housing and Excellence in Annual Report categories. It is up against other northern based housing associations and local authorities.

The award ceremony will take place on Friday, March 16 in Manchester, where Ongo will find out if they're awarded as regional winners in the three categories they have been shortlisted in.

The Tpas awards recognise and celebrate the unsung heroes within local communities for the work they do to improve where they live. Tpas is England’s leading tenant engagement organisation, bringing landlords, tenants and contractors together to find solutions to improve services, save money and bring lasting change to communities.

The awards are in their 11 year and are highly recognised and regarded within the social housing sector.

Karen said: "We’re delighted to have been shortlisted in three categories in the Tpas awards this year. It’s a fantastic achievement for all the teams and tenants involved to have been shortlisted.

"We have so many staff and tenants that work extremely hard to make sure Ongo is giving the best possible service, so for them to be recognised in these awards is brilliant. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed on the day."

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