It is with great pride that I inform you that Sunbeam House Services was awarded the first prize in Recognition of the Excellent Customer Service resulting in Positive Outcomes for People and Communities in the National Housing Awards in the category of Housing Management Initiatives for the work we have done in Lucinda Lodge, Vevay Road, Bray. The prize was presented to Aoife Flynn Kennedy and myself last night by Minister for Housing Jan O’Sullivan at the Irish Council for Social Housing Conference in Wexford.
This award is in recognition of the work done by Aoife, Catherine Elliot Lewis, Joe Tallon and Noeleen Chow in Housing, Development and Transport, Jenny Smyth and the Pathways Team and all the staff that have been involved in transitioning the new residents to their new apartments and the development of the Residents Association and the integration of the Residents from Sunbeam House Services and the Residents from Bray Town Council.
I would also like to give a special mention to John Giles, Company Secretary and Board Member, for the work done on making this project a reality. John and architect, Brian Doran, of Robson Meade Downes, designed the scheme many years ago. He had the persistence to see that it was developed in the ethos that reflected the approach taken by our founder Lucinda Sullivan back in 1874. John, with Aoife, ensured that it was built to the excellent standards that ensure integrated living within the community and a successful and enjoyable place to live.
This project could not have been undertaken without the significant support that was given by Bray Town Council. Triona Irving and Darragh Murphy were instrumental in us getting the funding for the project and ensuring that the funds kept flowing throughout the project. Triona and her team were also very involved in the selection of the Residents that live in Lucinda and that have made it such a welcoming place to be and visit. Their partnership with Sunbeam over the years has been instrumental in the development of our services and we are grateful to them for their continued support.
At the awards last night, Wicklow County Council also picked up an award for their project in Wicklow Town with Sonas Housing Association for the restoration of a housing scheme that is focused on the provision of services for families fleeing domestic violence. Wicklow was the only county to pick up two awards. It is an innovative place with great services.
This award for Sunbeam continues to affirm the work we do and the dedication of all the staff involved in the services and supports we provide to our clients and the wider community. It continues to show that despite the difficult times, reductions in funding, and challenges to the way we are moving our services, that we have and continue to deliver excellence on a daily basis.
My sincere thanks to all involved in this project and to all the staff of Sunbeam House Services for their dedication and care and for embracing the values that help us deliver on the excellence we have become known for.