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Tai Pawb Open Doors project scoops top housing award

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

A project that was set up to promote equality and diversity in the Welsh PRS, that is being run in partnership with the RLA has scooped a top housing award.

The Open Doors project, which is being run by charity Tai Pawb, won the ‘New Ideas and Approaches Award’ at the Chartered Institute of Housing Awards at the Welsh Housing Awards 2018.

The project is a two year scheme that was set up in August 2017, and it aims to provide landlords and letting agents in the PRS as well as tenants from minority groups, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to prevents and also reduce discrimination.

It is run in partnership with the RLA, with our role includes working with private landlords and letting agents to improve their capacity to deal with issues related to equality and diversity and helping the Open Doors team engage with those renting out homes.

Since its launch, over 90 landlords have said that they felt ‘more confident’ following attending events run by Open Doors, with more than 500 landlords accessing information on their rights and responsibilities in the Open Doors online hub.

Speaking about the win, project leader Sarah Vining said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. The coming together of the third sector and private sector with Tai Pawb and the RLA working in partnership to deliver Open Doors was a real innovation, and this joint working approach has helped to make the project the success that it is.

“It is wonderful to have our hard work recognised by CIH, and we would like to thank everyone involved, especially our landlord and tenant champions. Special thanks to the Big Lottery Fund for believing in and supporting our project – we couldn’t have done this without you!”

The Open Doors team will be exhibiting at our Future Renting Wales conference in Cardiff this Thursday. Come and say hi and meet the team! Check out tickets and view the full agenda here.

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About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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