Housing group praised by High Sheriff

St Helens Star: High Sheriff Ian Meadows sings Helena's praises High Sheriff Ian Meadows sings Helena's praises

A HOUSING association has been praised by the High Sheriff of Merseyside for the transformation of estates.

Ian Meadows said Helena Partnerships had made “a real difference” to the lives of people in the borough and rewarded its efforts to unite the community with a Hidden Gem Award.

He admired Helena’s continued commitment to supporting people into work and training and helping them to change lives.

“When I took on the role as High Sheriff of Merseyside, I knew little about Housing Associations. I quickly realised that Helena’s various partnerships constituted much more than being just a landlord,” said Mr Meadows.

“When visiting the Four Acre estate I saw for myself the enthusiastic partnership between local people, Helena and other organisations to reduce anti-social behaviour. I heard from 150 volunteers about how the estate had been transformed, and on a later visit, to the ‘Making a Difference’ Awards Ceremony, it fully confirmed to me that Helena Partnerships is a Hidden Gem for the rest of Merseyside.”

Helena Partnership’s chief executive Rob Young said the award was testimony to the many people who work to make St Helens a better place.

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