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Orbit triumphs with housing awards shortlist trio

Recognised for its community initiatives, digital innovation, and high-quality developments, 39,000-home housing association Orbit has been shortlisted for a number of awards celebrating the best the sector has to offer across the Midlands.

Orbit features in three categories of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) West Midlands Awards shortlists, including Development of the Year, Excellence in use of Technology and Excellence in Community Action.

tithe lodge cafeNominated for Development of the Year, Orbit’s Tithe Lodge (left) offers independent living housing and communal facilities in the heart of Southam, Warwickshire. Celebrating its first year this week, the 75-apartment development has already become a community centre-piece for the town and made a profound difference to the lives of its older residents.

Providing a wide range of services to its 100,000 customers, Orbit is also recognised for its commitment to building communities and empowering people through improved technology.

Orbit Move, a sector-leading e-tenancy sign-up service, was shortlisted for Excellence in use of Technology. Thanks to the new responsive website and mobile app, over 90% of Orbit’s tenancy applications have been completed online through its five simple steps following its launch in January.

Orbit’s Way Ahead project in partnership with the Salvation Army has been shortlisted for Excellence in Community Action. Supporting vulnerable people living in the Warwick district, the project is expected to help over 450 people overcome addiction and mental health issues and sustain employment over the next two years.

Paul Richards, Orbit’s executive director of customer services, said: “To be shortlisted for any award is a fantastic achievement, but to be nominated for three is one that we are incredibly proud of. Being shortlisted across a range of categories showcases the diversity in our offer to customers and demonstrates that we are far more than just a housing provider.”

The winners of the CIH Midlands awards will be announced at a prestigious ceremony sponsored by Service Matters on Thursday 10 November at the Ricoh arena in Coventry.