Brian Matthews, Chair of Four Acres and Edinburgh Court Residents’ Association, is this year’s winner of the Maurice Hedden Tenant Participation Award in recognition of the outstanding contributions he has made to his local community at a ‘grass roots’ level.
Residents nominated ten tenants to be recognised by the award. The nomination panel consisted of residents, councillors and staff from Housing Services who faced a difficult challenge in selecting the winner.
At a ceremony on 15 September 2006, the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Geraldine Stanford, presented Brian Matthews with the Maurice Hedden Tenant Award and a £100 prize.
Brian has played a huge part in raising the awareness of resident involvement and how this can help improve the delivery of local services. He has worked tirelessly for the RA, by producing newsletters and recruiting others to help keep the estate clean, tidy and safe. Although he works full time, he has been a leading advocate in helping to promote a better sense of community spirit on the estate and improve the quality of life for many residents. His voluntary work on the estate over the past year has been an inspiration to others.
“One of the plus things in being involved with a residents’ association is the number of special people that you meet both on and off the estate and I have thoroughly enjoyed being useful.”
He also thanked all residents that nominated him for this award.
Councillor Geraldine Stanford, Mayor of Merton said:
“It is deeply encouraging when residents work for the good of the community and its environment.”