Housing Heroes Recognised

Friday 21 June 2019 Housing Heroes Recognised


Two Ashfield District Council employees have been shortlisted as finalists for the Housing Heroes Awards 2019.

The Housing Heroes Awards this year at Manchester Central on Monday 24th June celebrate the unsung heroes that make housing great.

Michael Chaplin and Caleb Hamilton-Parkin have both excelled in the housing sector and are making a real difference in their roles.

Michael Chaplin, Plumbing & Heating Chargehand, has been nominated for the coveted Mentor of the Year Award. Michael has been shortlisted for not only assisting the organisation in achieving its aims and objectives but for assisting others to reach their goals.

Michael’s own transition from full time education to the workplace was gaining a position as an apprentice plumber thirteen years ago. Michael appreciates what it takes to get through an apprenticeship and now uses that experience to develop others on a daily basis.

Caleb Hamilton-Parkin, Welfare Reform Apprentice, is a finalist for the Apprentice of the Year Award. Caleb has shown drive and dedication in his role in the Income Recovery and Support Team, with an interest in his own personal development and a thirst for learning.

Caleb was instrumental in the organisation and co-ordination of a number of Universal Credit Roadshows, which were educational events for tenants prior to the roll out of Universal Credit full service.

Councillor Kier Barsby, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “To see our housing employees being recognised at these prestigious awards is an accolade to them as individuals and also the entire housing service here at Ashfield District Council.

“Michael’s journey from apprentice to mentor is inspiring and Caleb’s enthusiasm is extremely refreshing. Both of them should be very proud of their achievements.”