Community hero gets recognition

Stephen Stanners, 21, from Seaton Delaval.
Stephen Stanners, 21, from Seaton Delaval.

A RESIDENT has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to the community by being shortlisted for a national award.

Stephen Stanners, of Woodside Avenue, Seaton Delaval, was nominated by Homes for Northumberland for the Most Outstanding Young Person accolade in the fifth annual awards by the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA).

The awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the hard work and achievements of ALMO tenants and resident groups as well as honour the individuals and groups who improve the lives of their neighbours and the communities in which they live.

The 21-year-old commits around five days a week to his community and his achievements include the launch of an online community radio station, Seaton Valley Radio, and local website,

Stephen, pictured, also received an award earlier this year in the Young Tenant of the Year category in the 2011 Tenant Participation Advisory Service (TPAS) awards.

Ray Boycott, managing director at Homes for Northumberland, said: “Stephen is an outstanding resident who is enthusiastic about being involved in his housing company and I am delighted at the news he has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for the second time in just one year.

“The website and radio station are particularly ground breaking achievements and show Stephen’s commitment to his local community.

“I wish him the best of luck at the awards ceremony later this year.”

Three finalists were selected in each of the eight categories, except for Most Outstanding Young Person, which produced five finalists, from a total of 144 high quality entries.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday, July 12 as part of the NFA’s annual two-day conference.