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Torbay tenant secures award nomination for work in the community

14 February 2017
Amanda Martin with her nomination certificate

A Torbay volunteer has been recognised for her inspiring work in the community after being nominated for a regional award.

Amanda Martin, a tenant of Sanctuary Housing, successfully made the shortlist for the Tenant of the Year category of the TPAS Southern Region awards.

She was put forward for the honour by Sanctuary to mark her efforts in establishing a variety of community activities in her neighbourhood despite suffering from ill health and being unable to work full-time.

Amanda has been instrumental in starting a parent and toddler group and community café, as well as Zumba and football sessions at the St Peter’s Centre in Chelston.

In addition to this, she has helped tackle antisocial behaviour by launching a gardening project aimed at uniting the community by encouraging residents to take pride in their homes.

For the past two years she has also worked with the Purple Angel Dementia Awareness Campaign to organise a Christmas Day meal for around 50 lonely and vulnerable people.

Her determination to bring projects to fruition has seen Amanda, who is a founding member and chair of community organisation Chelston Action Group, secure in excess of £10,000 in funding to support her work.

Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s Neighbourhood Partnerships Manager, said: “Amanda has always been determined to make a positive difference to her community and this nomination is testament to her hard work.

“Her will to improve the lives of the people she meets is an inspiration not only to me but the many volunteers and residents she works with.”

Colleen Eccles, Director of Neighbourhoods at Sanctuary, commented: “We are delighted that Amanda has been recognised for her efforts and we thank her for the work she does.

“These activities have helped to forge lasting relationships within the local community and it has been rewarding to see her inspire others through her actions.”