Recognition for Melv at national awards
Melv's outstanding commitment praised at top
Affinity Sutton resident Melv Chislett has been
recognised for his outstanding commitment after being shortlisted
at this year’s HCA Awards on behalf of the Homes and Communities
Barne Barton resident Melv, chairman of the Sutton Association
of Barne Barton Residents (SABBR), was one of just three
shortlisted finalists at the national awards ceremony at the
Roundhouse, on Chalk Farm Road, in London on 23 September.
Melv, who has been an Affinity Sutton resident
for 14 years, was shortlisted for the award for his crucial role in
establishing and running a flagship outreach centre on the Barne
Barton estate and inspiring other residents to get involved.
The Barne Barton Estate is situated by the
River Tamar and was once the largest Naval estate in Britain.
The estate is geographically isolated and known locally as the
At the community outreach centre local people
can be signposted and directly access a range of services from an
office staffed by other local residents.
Lewin Dumper, Head of Housing in the South
West, praised Melv’s hardwork and dedication.
He said: “I have known Melv for four
years and clearly remember all of the hard work and time he put in
to getting the community flat allocated to the residents as drop in
“The centre has made a huge difference to
local residents, which means that services that are now being
delivered in their area when previously they had to travel
across Plymouth for the information, advice and support that is now
being delivered on their doorstep.
“Melv's commitment, enthusiasm and passion for
his community has acted as an inspiration for others and the
outreach centre has totally transformed the neighbourhood - giving
it a real sense of community. People have been empowered to
help each other and ultimately help themselves.”