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Jackie McGrew nominated as Tenant of the Year

Jackie McGrew nominated as Tenant of the Year

Together Housing tenant Jackie McGrew has volunteered in her local community for 21 years, turning life around for residents in Whitebirk. Jackie, now the proud Chair of Whitebirk and Intack Tenants and Residents Association, has dedicated a generous amount of time and commitment to the Whitebirk 2000 Community Centre and transforming her local community.

Jackie’s journey began in 1997 when she realised that the estate that she was once proud of, was now falling apart. After attending a meeting at her local church with Together Housing staff, Jackie volunteered to help turn things around: “We couldn’t have gone any further down than we’d already gone, we were desperate for help. From there, I met staff who stood by us and soon after we got the Whitebirk 2000 Centre.”

Jackie’s commitment and passion was recognised by the local community and she soon became Chair of the Residents Association.  No day is ever the same for Jackie, she offers a lifeline of support to the local community at the Whitebirk 2000 Centre and holds a number of exciting events which grow more and more each year – her favourite being the yearly carnival.

Seeing how the community centre impacts lives day to day inspires Jackie to do more: “I love meeting people and I love being able to achieve such fantastic things – we were able to raise £10,000 last year for the community centre. I absolutely love it. It gives me something to get up for in a morning.”

Together Housing staff have supported Jackie’s hard work over the years and recently nominated her for the Tenant of the Year Award with Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS). Jackie has been shortlisted as a finalist and will attend the Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Manchester on 16th March alongside nine other nominees. 

Jackie said: “I was so shocked – I couldn’t believe it. It is such a huge achievement to even be stood on stage beside nine other people who have done an awful lot of work. To be nominated, and even shortlisted for this award, is just marvellous.”

Jackie says that volunteering in your local community is one of the best things you can do: “If each volunteer gave up just 10 minutes of their time to do something for somebody else, it would be an achievement. What better is there to do than go out there and see what’s wanted? Community centres will always welcome volunteers.

“It’s great to look back at where we came from and now where we are today. There is always a challenge out there and something you can do for somebody else.”


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