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Southwark’s Housing Heroes honoured by council

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People and organisations who have gone above the call of duty to make Southwark's housing estates and sheltered housing better places to live have been recognised at the borough's annual Housing Heroes awards.

Housing Heroes winners with the Mayor and council
Southwark’s Housing Heroes honoured by council
Lucy Brown House residents gathered in the garden to congratulate Richard Geary on his award

The winners received their awards from Mayor of Southwark Charlie Smith in a ceremony at the council's Tooley Street headquarters last week.

"We are the largest social housing landlord in London with around 54,000 homes," said Cllr Stephanie Cryan, cabinet member for housing.

"Managing these and making sure they are good places to live would be much harder without the hard work and goodwill of a wide range of people.

"These homes are not just bricks and mortar but vibrant and diverse communities and the contribution our housing heroes make is immeasurable. These awards are our way of saying thank you."

Winners from SE1 included Fola Ogunkola of the Decima Street Tenants' and Residents' Association who was named 'neighbour of the year'.

The City of London Corporation won the 'good landlord' category for its stewardship of the Avondale Square Estate.

Richard Geary, sheltered housing officer at Lucy Brown House in Park Street, Bankside, won the customer service category.

Richard has been working at Lucy Brown House since 2013.

His energy, persistence and attention to detail mean that residents have felt more secure in their homes.

He has built up relationships with local firms whose employees help with IT problems, gardening and participate in games night challenges.

Residents made a surprise presentation in the Lucy Brown Garden to thank Richard for all his work.

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