WHA is delighted to announce a dedicated volunteer and resident has been shortlisted for a national Housing Heroes award

07 May 2019

Warrington Housing Association is delighted that our very own hero, volunteer and resident, Bernard Whitley, has been shortlisted for a national Housing Heroes award.

Bernard, who has been a resident for 7 years, and a board member at Warrington Housing Association for 4 years, has been nominated in the category for Tenant Lifetime Contribution.

As well as his service on the board, he also volunteers for the housing association’s LifeTime service, which supports people aged 50 and over to stay fit, active and connected, and he supports other residents where he lives at Lowry Close in Warrington with DIY projects, taking others shopping and for trips out, as well as organising a Christmas party for around 40 people in his building each year.

Bernard, who is married to Margaret and has two children and four grandchildren, said: “I feel very overwhelmed to be shortlisted for this award. It’s such a privilege – I never think about how much I do, you just do it, don’t you! It is important to help people out.”

The Housing Heroes Awards, which are jointly organised by Inside Housing and the Chartered Institute of Housing, will be held at Manchester Central on Monday, June 24.

David Cummins, chief executive of Warrington Housing Association, said: “The Housing Heroes Awards recognise the people that make housing great, and Bernard is certainly one of those people. He is most definitely a Warrington Housing Association hero, and we are delighted that he has been shortlisted for the award and that his hard work and dedication in helping people in Warrington live better lives is being recognised.”

For more information on the awards click here and for more information on Warrington Housing Association click here.


“We’re really grateful for the excellent service we received and the extra money has made a big difference, helping us hire a gardener and be able to go to LifeTime more often where we enjoy singing in the choir”

Mr & Mrs Holland – WHiA Customers

“I’m so grateful to Warrington Housing Association for reaching out to me to make sure I’m claiming my full benefit entitlements”

Ms Heseltine – WHA Resident

“We couldn’t have navigated the benefits system without the fantastic help we received from Warrington Housing Association’s Money Adviser”

Andrew & Eileen – WHA Residents

“I felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders and that I had somebody on my side”

Barbara, WHA resident

“Warrington Housing Association’s Whia service is great, as it helps people stay in their own home, and this is really complimented by the fact that you are then introduced to their other services like the LifeTime centre – which shows they really care for the community they work in.”

Barry and Lynn

Warrington Housing Association 

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