Chris Thacker, Mears Partnership Manager, presenting the trophy to Seb Bowley at the TPAS Awards Friday 6 March
Wednesday, ?11 March 2015
Hereford resident, 23-year-old Seb Bowley, was crowned Young Tenant of the Year for the Central Region for his voluntary work with Herefordshire’s Supported Housing for Young People Project, SHYPP.
He was awarded the accolade at the prestigious TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) Awards on Friday 6 March held to recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations from Central England, who have made a significant impact on their communities.
Seb Bowley said: “I really enjoy the work I do with SHYPP because we get to make a genuine difference in people’s lives and help to promote a positive image of young people.
“Being a volunteer has given me so many skills and experiences. I wouldn’t be where I am today without SHYPP’s support.
Seb Bowley will now go forward to the national finals to be held on 9 July at Chesford Grange, Warwickshire.
SHYPP helped Mr Bowley to find accommodation and also encouraged him to become involved in a variety of projects which promote the wellbeing of young people.
Mr Bowley has spoken at the Youth Homeless Parliament at Westminster, presenting his recommendations about what can be done to prevent young people having to live on the streets. He is also an ambassador for the Foyer Federations Healthy Hub, helping other young people to look after both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Rosie Webley, Young Person’s Worker at Shypp said: “Seb is an inspiring individual who has come really far. When he came here he was living in his car, now he has a job and a home of his own.
“When I started working with him, I soon realized that Seb was very capable, he just needed stability in order to shine. Every goal I’ve set him he has smashed.
“Seb is really dedicated and gets involved wherever he can. He never says no, he’s always helping and he is fantastic to work with.”
SHYPP works with 16-25 year-olds, offering emergency accommodation in supported housing projects, providing outreach support to young people and young parents, and delivering a 'Nightstop' emergency accommodation project.
It supports around 200 young people every week, including those who need extra help to manage their tenancies, access accommodation or gain employment or training.