South Lanarkshire Council employee recognised with top award
A council manager has been recognised at a national awards ceremony for his work to help make a Gypsy/Traveller site in South Lanarkshire one of the best of its kind in Scotland.
Roy Overend has been the site manager at Shawlands Park, Larkhall, since 2003, during which time he has built up an excellent relationship with the residents and has helped the site to be recognised across the country as a shining example of good practice.
Working closely with partners both locally and throughout Scotland, he constantly aims to help improve services for Gypsy/Travellers.
And at this year’s TPAS (Tenant Participation Advisory Service) National Good Practice Awards, his dedication and achievements were recognised when he won the Best Practice for Involving All: Equality & Diversity category.
The awards are run annually to recognise truly outstanding work by those who are making a difference in their communities and the housing sector. Held in association with the Scottish Government, they were sponsored this year by Fife Council.
Annette Finnan, head of area services at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “We were delighted when Roy was recognised for this top award, because his commitment and hard work have played a fundamental role in ensuring a continued focus on providing high-quality services to Gypsy/Travellers at our sites in South Lanarkshire.
“We have long been aware of the importance and quality of Roy’s work, as have the people using the service he manages, so it is well-deserved for it to be recognised in this way at a national level.”