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Merseyside Women Of the Year – Lifetime Achievement Award

At a beautiful ceremony on the 28 June, well deserved finalists and their supporters gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool for the prestigious Merseyside Women of the Year awards.  One of those worthy women was Forum’s President Chris Allen, BEM.

The Merseyside Women of the Year event aims to find and reward the unsung heroines of Merseyside, for their passion, determination and dedication to their varied causes and communities.

Winners and runners up were announced for 12 categories with one overall “Merseyside Woman of the Year” voted for by members of the general public.

We are overjoyed that Chris’ enduring enthusiasm and tireless determination to transform lives was recognised in her receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Jake Mills of Chasing The Stigma, a Merseyside based national mental health charity and sponsor of the award.

Debbie Thompson, Chief Executive at Forum was delighted to hear the news ‘I would like to congratulate Chris on this prestigious award, it is very well deserved!


Merseyside Women of the Year Awards

At a glamorous ceremony on the 22 June, well deserved finalists and their supporters gathered at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Liverpool for the prestigious Merseyside Women of the Year awards.  One of those worthy women was Forum’s own Amy Butterworth.

The Merseyside Women of the Year event aims to find and reward the unsung heroines of Merseyside, for their achievements in just doing what they do best, changing lives and giving extra meaning to people’s lives across Merseyside.

Winners and runners up were announced for 12 categories with one overall “Merseyside Woman of the Year” voted for by members of the general public.

We were delighted that Amy’s enduring enthusiasm and determination to make a difference for others were recognised in her nomination, and overjoyed that she went on to win the Merseyside Women of the Year, Community Change Award, sponsored by Neo Community and ADDvanced Solutions.

Amy has received many congratulations from all the team including Debbie Thompson, Chief Executive’s own commendation “Amy’s award is a result of her focussed effort, passion, and commitment to improve the lives of the people in the community.”

Reflecting on the event Amy commented:

“I was in the best atmosphere at the Crowne Plaza at such a touching and emotional event, having the privilege to meet some of the most incredible women who work tirelessly day in and day out for their cause and communities.   

I was so shocked to not only be recognised but then to go on and win the 2018 Community Change category.  I feel this is a reflection to the community we work within and the fun we have. 

Thank you so much.” 

For more information on the award and other winners please go to:


Amy announced as Finalist in 2015 Young Leaders Award

Congratulations to Amy Butterworth, Service Manager at Market Wells Foyer who is a finalist of the 2015 Young Leaders Award.

The final 30 hugely talented young people were announced along with the winner of the 2015 Young Leaders Award in this months 24housing magazine.  The special supplement containing details of each finalist is available here with Amy at number 14, page 29.

Amy commented…

“To be short listed for a national award was such an overwhelming experience not only to know my colleagues expressed my many achievements over the years in a submission, but for their ongoing care and support  towards the radical ideas created.  None of which would have happened if it was not for the many young people who not only instigated them but brought them to life through their commitment and hard work.  I am very privileged and proud to do what I love and empower those who I get to spend so much inspirational time around. “



Amy Wins Future Leaders Award

Congratulations to our Market Wells Foyer Service Manager, Amy, who won the prestigious ‘Future Leaders Award’ at the Wirral CVS Third Sector Business Awards in June.

The Event, which took place at Leverhulme Hotel in Port Sunlight, brought together charities, social enterprises and community businesses operating in Wirral celebrating the significant impact the Third Sector has on the Wirral economy.

Here at Forum we are  incredibly proud of Amy for winning this award.  Amy has worked at Forum Housing Association since the age of 16 when she began her career as a Resident Representative.  Amy has continued to campaign for better opportunities for young people, and always goes the extra mile for her team and young residents.

Amy commented…

“I am overwhelmed to have received the award for the work I do, which I love to do and will continue to work hard to do more of.  My colleagues and young people who I am very appreciative of, keep my passion alive!”


Forum secures place on the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For list

Sunday Times Best Company 2015     Best Company 2015

We are delighted to announce that Forum has scooped the prestigious Sunday Times award by achieving 21st place, nationally, in the ‘Top 100 Not for Profit Companies’ category.

Employees surveyed said that Forum is a great company to work for and the results overall revealed a very happy and motivated workforce.

Employees, half of whom have been on the payroll for at least a decade, always go the extra mile for our young residents and fellow team members.  Staff are rewarded for their length of service and hard work through extra holidays and an annual awards dinner at which staff receive awards for their hard work and dedication.

Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services Debbie Thompson commented:

“We are delighted to win this award, we feel that it is a wonderful achievement and reflects the dedication of our staff and volunteers, who work in a really challenging environment, supporting homeless young people.  It reflects our ambition to make Forum a great place to work and rewards the hard work we have put into developing our staff which we believe is our greatest asset.  Congratulations to all Organisations on this year’s list too, you have set a benchmark of which we are proud of”

One delighted colleague, 20 year old Mike Hardman, also commented…

“Forum Housing is a truly amazing company to work for and I am so proud we have won this award. I came to Forum two years ago as part of a youth contract, which led onto an apprenticeship.  

The opportunities, experience and training I have gained has been invaluable and I can’t thank Forum enough as they really have supported me in developing my career.  My Manager’s door is always open and all the staff at Forum feel respected and valued.  I feel proud to work for a company that not only cares about its customers but its people too.”

Further detail on our results can be found on the Best Company website



Healthy Update

We have been facilitating a football and physical health program over the past 9 months for all young people across the Association.  The program is funded by the Foyer Federation Healthy Conversations.

The main aim of the program is to give young people a chance to play sport and have a positive impact on all aspects of health and well being, physical, mental and emotional.  Young people can play every week at Shaftsbury Youth Club, and access information advice and guidance from the Health Engagement Team around; nutrition, smoking cessation, low mood, budgeting and other factors impacting young people’s health and well being.

As well as this weekly session the young people play in competitions.  Each month two Teams; Forum Birkenhead FC and The SEAD FC, travel to the Pits in Liverpool and play against 14 other services and agencies.  The season ended with Forum Birkenhead as champions of the Liverpool Homeless League having not been beaten all season, 38 games.  The SEAD also went from strength to strength picking up important wins towards the end of the season to finish mid table.

Both Teams went on to enter the Liverpool Homeless FC Knock Out Cup, where the season was celebrated, and the young people met John Bishop, Comedian and Chris Foy, Premier League Referee.  Unfortunately the teams were drawn against each other, with Forum Birkenhead proceeding through and knocking out several teams to make the Final.  Liverpool YMCA won 2-1 in the tense Final, Forum Birkenhead defeated on penalties.  Both teams have made Forum Housing proud all season, winning, supporting peers, showing excellent sportsmanship and improving communication skills and team play.

After the homeless league both sides entered the DAWN Alcohol Recovery Tournament.  This time the teams were drawn in separate groups and both the Forum Birkenhead and The SEAD topped their groups respectively.

Both went onto be victorious in their semi final and played each other in the final.  The support and camaraderie between the two teams was again top class.  Forum Birkenhead eventually ran out 2-1 winners in yet another tight Final.

In addition to the group training and competitions, 3 young people and 1 Association volunteer travelled to Old Trafford for a 5 week coaching program with the Homeless FA.  Here they accessed a coaching qualification, and if successful in other tasks could represent Homeless England FC in the 2015 Homeless World Cup in Chile – they’ll find out in July.

Congratulations to all the young people who attended Wednesday and the Leagues and Cup. The training will continue through the summer and roll on next season.


High Sheriff Recognises Forum as a Hidden Gem

The High Sheriff of Merseyside Mr Ian Meadows OBE DL visited Forum’s Head Office in April to present our Chief Executive Chris with the ‘Hidden Gems’ award.

The award has been presented around the county to a variety of organisations and individuals that go the extra mile to enrich the lives of other people and make Merseyside a better place to live for everybody.

Forum is honoured to be recognised by the High Sheriff as one of Merseyside’s ‘Hidden Gems’ for the support and care we provide to young people.


Forum is Presented with Diversity Network Accreditation

On Thursday 18th July, Forum Housing Association was presented by the Housing Diversity Network (HDN) with the Diversity Network Accreditation Award (DNA).

This award represents the excellent practice Forum delivers in relation to Equality and Diversity.

A review was undertaken by an assessor from the HDN on a number of documents the Association uses to promote, monitor and evaluate Equality and Diversity within the organisation.  After this, the assessor arranged for a site visit and carried out a number of one-to-one interviews with staff and two focus groups, the purpose of this, to assess fully the Association’s commitment to Equality and Diversity.

Business Development Manager, Andrew Petrie from HDN commented

“This Diversity Network Accreditation is recognition of some of the great work that Forum is doing.  The assessor from Housing Diversity Network was very impressed overall with the Forum approach to equality and diversity and the way that there was such a visible culture of diversity in the organisation with strong leadership and structures in place to support it.  This focus ensured it filtered throughout the organisation and brought to life the mission and values of Forum Housing Association.”

Not only have Forum achieved this accreditation but have passed with flying colours and have received distinctions in the following eight areas of work Coaching, Charity Shop, Engaging with Young People, Equality and Diversity Training Booklet, Identification of Mental Health Needs, Learning Programme, Managing Money Booklet and Working with Shareholders on Equalities.

This is a fantastic achievement for Forum and demonstrates just how committed to Equality and Diversity they are, not only have they received distinctions but have also been recommended to be used as a ‘best practice organisation’ with HDN .

Chairman for Forum Housing Association, Mrs Sue Elliott commented

I am so delighted that Forum’s commitment to Equality and Diversity has been recognised with such a prestigious award. It has also been an excellent experience working alongside the Equality and Diversity Network.  Our total commitment to inclusion is embedded throughout every aspect of our work and we are proud to receive eight distinctions which also demonstrates our continuing Mission ‘It’s All About You’ – the residents, the staff, the stakeholders, the community.”



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