Martin Chung, member of Liverpool Chee Kung Tong, Liverpool Chinese Business Association and valued member of Pine Court Housing Association’s Customer Empowerment Panel and Chairman of its Resident’s Association, has been named Tenant of the Year at the Northern Housing Awards following a nomination from his landlord for his work in the community.

Martin regularly volunteers his time to make a positive impact and is a well-known figure in Liverpool’s Chinese community. The prestigious award celebrates Martin’s dedication to creating a better future for his neighbours and the wider community.

In addition to arranging customer gatherings and recreational activities for his neighbours, the retiree dedicates his time to supporting the local community across a range of initiatives.

Championing equality for elderly Chinese residents, Martin helps the community access funding and services, regardless of language or physical barriers. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Martin helped keep the local community safe by providing support to the Pagoda Chinese Community and Youth Centre during pop-up vaccine clinics.

With the oldest Chinese community in Europe, Liverpool has a long tradition of celebrating Lunar New Year with spectacular performances, bringing an explosion of culture to Liverpool. Martin plays a key role in the city’s celebrations each year.

The judges at Northern Housing Awards said: “Martin is going above and beyond to build a better future, create opportunities and changes lives for thriving and inclusive communities across the Liverpool City Region. His extreme kindness, selflessness, and commitment make Martin a worthy winner of Tenant of the Year.”

David Brown, Director at Pine Court said: “We are thrilled that Martin has been recognised for the valuable work he does across our communities, creating an inclusive environment for, and celebrating, our diverse customers. An incredible accolade for an incredible man who represents our [The Sovini] Group’s vision of a better future. Well done, Martin!”

Pine Court Housing Association, member of The Sovini Group, were also celebrated for their approach to diversity and inclusion at the awards ceremony.