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Local Resident Receives National Tenant Award

Nikki PlummerNikki Plummer, one of our Lewes tenants, was recently nominated for the ARCH tenant of the year award for her enormous contribution in promoting Credit Union in the Lewes District.

This accolade is awarded by the Association of Retained Council Housing, representing 56 members, who collectively own half the council stock in England. 

Nikki was chosen as the unanimous winner by a panel of three judges for her outstanding contribution to improving the lives of tenants on her own estate, and also for her commitment to benefiting tenants across the whole of the Lewes District.

The result was announced at the annual ARCH conference on 19 May 2011 and the award is being forwarded to our Tenant Participation Manager; Ruth Tahsin, who will hand it over to our well deserved winner at our Tenants Of Lewes District meeting on 26 June 2011.

Nikki is a mum to two young children and lives on the Demontfort estate, Lewes. The estate consists of high density housing, mainly flats, and there are a high proportion of single parents on low incomes. She was instrumental in her voluntary role, campaigning for, setting up and helping to run a Credit Union/Debt Advice Surgery on the Demontfort estate.

In September 2010 the Credit Union established a surgery at the community flat on the estate. Nikki helped to advertise the scheme locally by delivering flyers, publishing articles in newsletters and spreading the word to her neighbours. She also then went on to train as a volunteer Credit Union advisor.

She is now concentrating on helping to expand the Credit Union service to other parts of the Lewes District. Her dedication has led to Nikki being offered a part-time paid position by the Credit Union.

As well as her role in promoting Credit Union, Nikki is Chair of the Demontfort Improvement Group. She has been actively involved in campaigning for numerous physical improvements to the area as well as fundraising to lay on summer fun days, play schemes and youth activities. She is also actively involved in developing co-regulation in the Lewes District and is a member of the Tenant Scrutiny Panel.

Ron Maskell, Lead Councillor for Housing said: “This type of initiative can only work if there is a team or an individual who really believes in what they are trying to achieve. Nikki who has dedicated herself on behalf of the community in making this a successful venture can be very proud having received this award from an association of over 200 councils”.

Ruth Tahsin, Tenant Participation Manager for Lewes District Council said: ”We feel Nikki’s achievement serves as an inspiration for other tenants, proving that getting involved can make a huge difference to the community and can also bring benefits on a personal level”.

Published: 06 June 2011