Healthy lifestyle project for kids in Shefford wins community award

Gideon Tester receives his award for Best Community Project from Aragon's Steve Hill, at Shefford.
Gideon Tester receives his award for Best Community Project from Aragon's Steve Hill, at Shefford.

Outstanding residents have been recognised in a star award scheme.

Local housing provider Aragon Housing Association has honoured some of its residents for outstanding work in their communities in its Stars of Aragon awards.

Held at Shefford Sports Club, the annual awards ceremony saw people picking up prizes in eight categories such as young person of the year, involved customer of the year and best neighbour.

Gideon Tester picked up the award for best community project for Kids Run Free, which promotes an active and healthy lifestyle for children.

Gideon said: “Kids Run Free is a simple initiative to get children aged two and over running outside and it doesn’t involve any money. It’s only been in operation in Shefford since May so I’m really pleased to receive an award on behalf of the project.”

Steve Hill, Aragon’s head of resident involvement and customer service, said: “We wanted to say thank you to some of our customers who do so much to help their communities and to ensure they’re great places for residents to live.

“We offer so many services beyond simply a roof over residents’ heads, to improve the quality of life for our customers and this is one way we can reward those residents who make their vital contribution.”

Prizes also included best environmental idea, best kept area or street, best volunteer and personal journey award.

Aragon Housing Association is one of the largest providers of affordable housing and related services in Bedfordshire and the surrounding counties, managing 7,000 properties.

The association is part of Grand Union Housing Group together (GUHG) with two other partner organisations - South Northants Homes, which is a provider of affordable housing and related services in the South Northamptonshire area, managing 3,000 properties and MacIntyre Housing Association, which provides specialist accommodation and support to people with learning disabilities.