Maurice is up for an award

Council bosses are celebrating after being shortlisted for four housing accolades.

North Tyneside Council’s housing service, North Tyneside Homes, are hoping for success at the Housing Excellence Awards next week.

The scheme to support older tenants live independently is shortlisted in the Best Tenant Care Programme and Best Partnering Scheme.

Also nominated in the Best Partnering Scheme is ‘Working Roots’, a project with Kier North Tyneside and Justice Prince to provide more help to young people aged 16 to 18 land a job.

And Maurice Goodwin, 80, a resident of Wallsend, is hoping to grab the title of Tenant of the Year after being nominated by the council.

Maurice, an ex-serviceman, has been a council tenant for nine years and gives up his time to help North Tyneside Homes. He also works with Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association (SSAFA).

Ian Conway, head of North Tyneside Homes, said: “The council is thrilled to be shortlisted in so many categories, which in itself is a great achievement.

“We are committed to providing an excellent service to our tenants, be it to support them to live independently, providing training and development opportunities or involving them in developing the service, and being nominated in categories which highlight this work is fantastic.”

He added: “Maurice has been nominated for being such an inspiration to others, both young and old. Aged 77, he decided to join a course offered to adults by the council and with the support of his tutor and lots of hard work, he passed levels 1 and 2 of a literacy programme.

“He also works tirelessly through our tenant involvement groups to make North Tyneside a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and we wish him lots of luck – he’s a very worthy winner.”