ETF Committee Members

ETF Success at TPAS Awards 2017

ETF is delighted to announce that we were successful at the recent Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) Scottish National Good Practice Awards 2017. We won the ‘Outstanding Organisation’ Award for ETF and the ‘Outstanding Individual’ Award for our very own Justine Bradd.

Betty Stevenson, Convenor of ETF commented, “What an achievement for ETF to scoop these two fantastic awards for outstanding work in tenant participation in Scotland. I’m proud beyond words for everyone in the Federation.”

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convenor of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Housing and Economy Committee commented, “On behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, I would like to offer hearty congratulations to Justine on her outstanding officer award and to the Federation for their award of outstanding organisation.  It is immensely pleasing to see both an individual and an organisation that we work with and support receiving such worthy accolades.”

Tony Kelly, TPAS Scotland commented “Why were TPAS Scotland so pleased to announce Justine Bradd from the Edinburgh Tenants Federation as the winner of this year’s Outstanding Officer of the Year for 2017? Well, Justine impressed the judging team of tenants and workers with her willingness to go that extra mile to support tenants and how this is recognised not only in Edinburgh but throughout Scotland and beyond made her a great role model for others. Justine is key to the great work of ETF. The importance of her skills, commitment, patience, caring personality and ability to be assertive when necessary, cannot be overstated.”

“It was great to be able to present the winner’s trophy for TPAS National Good Practice Tenant Participation Champion for an Organisation, at our awards evening in St Andrews, to Edinburgh Tenant Federation. ETF are front runners in trying new approaches and this is making them outstanding, they listens to tenants’ concerns, are innovative, take risks and develop creative new ways to tackle problems. They way ETF sought out new partnerships to lever in resources and technical expertise to support tenants was a key factor in the judge’s decision but I suppose the fact that the lessons learned by ETF can be used and are being shared throughout the country saw them crowned winner of the 2017 TPAS National Good Practice Tenant Participation Champion for an Organisation.”

During the TPAS conference Clare McGillivray Development Coordinator, gave a keynote speech about our housing rights in practice work and highlighted the importance of housing and its challenges as a human rights issue. It was an exciting and informative weekend and the awards truly highlight the hard work and commitment ETF put into support of Edinburgh’s tenants’ organisations.