Salix Homes scoops national award for improving Salford neighbourhood

Salix Homes is celebrating after winning national recognition for its work to improve a Salford neighbourhood.

The housing association has scooped a Platinum Neighbourhood Award from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, in recognition of its efforts to transform the Spike Island area in Lower Broughton.

The prestigious award is based on four key areas of management of the neighbourhood, including aims and plans, community involvement, partnerships and impact.

Judges were impressed by Salix Homes’ efforts to make the neighbourhood cleaner, safer and greener with regular litter picks, clean-ups and community events to encourage residents to take pride in their communities.

Each year Salix Homes runs its Love Your Neighbourhood campaign, which sees the community join forces to celebrate the area where they live. It has also recruited a network of volunteer Community Connectors to share their knowledge of the neighbourhood and highlight the most important issues for people in the area.

Sue Sutton, executive director of operations at Salix Homes, said:

“Salix Homes is passionate about building safe, clean, green and happy communities where our residents can be proud to live and work, so we are delighted to win this award in recognition of our efforts.”

“We are dedicated to ensuring that residents are at the heart of our decisions, and one of the key reasons for the success at Spike Island is down to the partnership between residents and our partners, and this award is testament to everyone’s hard work.”

“There is a real sense of togetherness at Spike Island and people have really bought into the ethos of  ‘loving their neighbourhood’, which helps create real and lasting benefits to the community.”

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive said:

“We believe everyone deserves to live somewhere they can be proud of. If people care for the environment on their own doorstep – beginning with the street where they live – then the environment, the community and the individual will all benefit.”

“With Salix Homes sharing our aims for cleaner, safer and greener neighbourhoods, we are delighted to award the Spike Island neighbourhood and Salix Homes with our Platinum Neighbourhood Award.”

“We know achieving the high standards of this award is a real team effort – with Salix Homes, local residents and other partners working together to achieve fantastic things. Our congratulations go to everyone involved in achieving the Platinum Neighbourhood Award.”