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Residents’ group helping to change lives

JOINT EFFORT ... Durham Court Residents Association chairman Charlie Docherty, centre, with committee members and residents, nominated for Community Group of the year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014.

JOINT EFFORT ... Durham Court Residents Association chairman Charlie Docherty, centre, with committee members and residents, nominated for Community Group of the year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014.

A GROUP of residents got together to make the changes they wanted to see in their homes.

Durham Court Residents’ Association have fought for a more comfortable living environment at the Hebburn block of flats.

Now, they’ve been nominated for Community Group of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.

The group was put forward for the accolade by Emma Leggott, of South Tyneside Homes, which sponsors the award.

She said: “As a community group, the Durham Court residents have achieved excellence in getting results, not only for the residents of Durham Court – in successfully campaigning for the age limit to be raised, improving security of the building and securing everyone a new internal door.

“Their community work reaches out to older people in the area, as they have held many successful social events for the people of Durham Court and Lincoln Court.

“Their community spirit has helped bring people together and reduce social isolation.”

The group’s chairman, Charlie Docherty, said: “It started off as a means to get all these people living in a block of flats to come together and to try to improve the environment we were all living in. It was also a way to give everyone a voice, so the residents could say what they wanted.

“When the council took away our status of sheltered accommodation it meant they could lower the age limit for residents, and they did, to 50.

“We had some problems with people who moved in, and we fought to have it put back up. We wanted 60, but managed to get it to 55, and things are a lot better now.

“We’ve also been involved in getting a new front door installed, having the parking area outside properly marked off, and there are still things on the go.

“These things would never have been done if it wasn’t for the residents’ association, and everyone will be over the moon about being put forward for this award.

“It shows that what we do as a group, is being recognised by people other than the residents.”

Entries for the awards are now now closed.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Quality Hotel in Witney Way, Boldon Colliery, on the evening of Thursday, June 12.

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