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Sanctuary wins award in Dudley

14 December 2014
Kate Harris, Rob Smith, Marketa Brown and Debbie Fitzgerald recieve the Chief Superintendent’s Thank You award from West Midlands Police

A team of four from Sanctuary Housing have been presented with a prestigious award from West Midlands Police.

Thank You Award

Kate Harris, Rob Smith, Marketa Brown and Debbie Fitzgerald were given the Chief Superintendent’s Thank You Award for their work in making the Dudley community they serve a safer place to live.

Making Dudley a safer and cleaner place to live

The team of housing and maintenance staff have worked hard to support West Midlands Police by engaging with residents across a Lower Gornal estate. 

Over the last year, the neighbourhood, which is made up of 145 sheltered properties, has been transformed into a safer and cleaner place to live. Their success is an example of partnership working and making a real difference for local residents.

Award Winner

Kate, 31, who has worked at the national housing provider for over 12 years, said: “I was delighted to receive recognition from West Midlands Police, as it shows the strong relationships we have in the neighbourhood supports local families in a substantial way.

“We liaise with the police, local authorities, third parties and residents on a daily basis and it’s very rewarding to be acknowledged for our efforts.”

Nominated by PCSO, Richard Plumb

Police community support officer, Richard Plumb, added: “The team has carried out a great service to help make the community safer and truly deserved the recognition. I have seen all members step forward to take on difficult issues and I have been impressed by their level of professionalism and dedication – they all genuinely care about the welfare of the community and are a real credit to Sanctuary.”

Sanctuary in Dudley

Sanctuary’s area manager for housing, Michael Darby, continued: “Well done Kate, Rob, Marketa and Debbie. Everyone in the team work extremely hard and it’s great to see their continuous commitment has been acknowledged in such a rewarding way.”

Sanctuary manage over 10,000 properties in Midlands, including accommodation for families, single and older people, leasehold, sheltered housing and shared ownership. For more news in the Midlands follow @hellosanctuary on Twitter.