St Leger Homes have won the Frontline Team of the Year Award at the Housing Heroes Awards for its response in helping people whose homes in Doncaster were tragically flooded last November.
The local housing provider, which manages over 20,000 properties on behalf of Doncaster Council, secured the prestigious national award for the work of its Emergency Flood Response Team at a virtual ceremony this afternoon.
This team has been the focal point for St Leger Homes’ work in relation to the floods, assisting and advising tenants, ensuring they get the help they need so they can return to their properties as quickly as possible.
Paul Tanney, Chief Executive of St Leger Homes, said:
“The floods in November 2019 were an unprecedented major incident for communities in Doncaster and we are pleased that we were able to work swiftly with our partners, such as Doncaster Council and the emergency services, to ensure everyone got the help they needed as events unfolded.
“Unfortunately as a result of Covid 19, we recognise that many people are still struggling after the floods and we will continue to support everyone who has been affected – and we thank them for their continued understanding and patience.
“Our Emergency Flood Response Team keyworkers were pulled from a number of teams across the business at short notice and adapted quickly showing their expertise to help tackle a number of complex and sensitive issues from day one. We are very proud of their work and this award is a testament to their commitment and professionalism.
“The floods themselves highlight the need for us all to address climate change locally and nationally. We support Ros Jones, the Mayor of Doncaster, for her climate change declaration and are looking at how we work in a more environmentally friendly way to minimise the impact of further long-term climate change.”