We’re shouting from the rooftops about another Magical Mackem this October…

Let’s hear it for Brenda Naisby, has won a national award for her work in the local community and has been an oustanding voice against domestic abuse.


An inspirational resident from Sunderland who became a domestic abuse champion in her local community after she was helped to escape an abusive marriage herself at the age of 74, has won a national award for her efforts as an involved tenant with her social landlord.

Brenda Naisby, from Washington, has been crowned ‘Tenant of the Year’ at the national Tpas Awards, for the influential role she has played in helping other residents in Sunderland.




Working alongside our friends at Gentoo, Brenda has played an active role in her local community for more than five years, giving something back to the organisation that supported her and provided her with a home safe from abuse.

Starting with a lunch club in her hometown Brenda, alongside Gentoo employees, Brenda prepared home-cooked meals in the local community centre for residents to alleviate social isolation and bring a smile to faces.

From here she then volunteered as part of our befriending service, offering a vital lifeline to some of the loneliest people in the city.

Brenda has continued to learn and develop new skills, most recently as the Chair of our Local Community Engagement Forum.

The forum, which comprises of local tenants and residents, meet to consider local issues and to work with us to suggest areas where attention could be focused, and services improved for the local communities.

Also an avid supporter of continued learning, Benda has assisted a number of university undergraduates with their studies around domestic abuse.

Tpas are leading tenant engagement experts who promote, support and champion tenant involvement and empowerment in social housing across England.

Their annual awards aim to recognise and celebrate the role residents play in their communities across the UK.


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