Capturing Creativity: Pat Chown Award

Seventeen years ago, Community Housing Cymru set up an Award scheme to recognise housing innovation in memory of a special person - Pat Chown. Pat gave a big part of her life to helping others and spent much of her working life in helping to meet people's housing needs in Wales.

The Award’s aim is to recognise innovation:

  • New ways of responding to day-to-day issues.
  • Genuinely new ideas about dealing with common problems.
  • A much easier way of tackling a long-standing issue.

The Award judges will be looking for entries which demonstrate that the project has been ground-breaking.

Projects established after 1st January 2013 are eligible for entry.

Here are some of our winners from previous years: 

  • Charter Housing
  • Cardiff YMCA
  • Cyrenians/Caer Las Cymru
  • Bron Afon Community Housing
  • GrEW

The winner receives an award, a £1,000 donation to a Wales-based charity of their choice, and will be announced at CHC’s One Big Housing Conference in October.

To enter this year's Award please complete and sign the entry form and send it to us by 9am Friday 8th September 2017.

To find out more about the award, go to Cartref to read a post by John Chown, member of the judging panel.


Many key faces in housing had a close friendship with Pat Chown and here they share their sentiments:

Antonia Forte - Cynon Taf Community Housing Group:
It is indicative of Pat’s enduring influence that, some 12 years after her death I only have to hear her name to instantly see and hear a laughing, moving image of her in my head. This is not to eulogise her – I’m sure she was as ratty, irritable and bad tempered on occasions as the rest of us: but the person I remember was fun loving, fun seeking, deeply committed and absolutely straight. She was extremely eloquent and spoke from the heart about the many things she felt passionate about – jazz, injustice, housing, her faith: I admired her greatly. But I also really liked her – she was a really good laugh and was very funny. She remains one of my heroes: I think about her frequently, feel privileged to have been able to count her among my friends – and am sorry for those who did not have the chance know her.


An update on previous years' winners

2015 Winners - Cardiff YMCA

2012 Winners - Bron Afon Community Housing

2011 Winners Update - GrEW

2010 Winners Update - Solas