BHP tenant shares his story at special photography exhibition
Peter Nugent, an inspirational young Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) tenant alongside other dynamic tenants and residents from across England will be attending the formal opening of the ‘Ordinary People: Extraordinary Lives’ photography exhibition at the Houses of Parliament at Westminster.
The event on Monday 10 October was hosted by Lady Victoria Borwick and the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA) exhibition celebrates the lives of tenants and residents living within social housing. Each person featured within the exhibition makes a really positive and meaningful contribution within their neighbourhoods and communities, and each has an extraordinary story to share.
Challenging the unpleasant and sensationalist stereotyping of social housing tenants portrayed by some media in recent years, the NFA launched its portrait photography competition to tell our tenants stories. The exhibition, initially sponsored by Resource, shows that even in what may seem like the most ordinary of streets, in the most unassuming of houses, the most inspirational of stories can be found.
Sue Roberts MBE, NFA Tenant Board Member added:“We are absolutely delighted to be invited to exhibit our photographs at the Palace of Westminster and share our stories. We know we are not going to be able to change perceptions overnight but we are making a start. Tenants are good, decent people, with hopes and aspirations for themselves and their families. Sharing these stories through photography is the inspiration for this exhibition.”
At the opening event tenants Peter Nugent from BHP, and Alvine Dongmu-Noumey, Wolverhampton Homes, shared their stories with MPs and Peers. Each of the tenants who attended had the opportunity to chat to their own constituency MP about their experiences of living within social housing.
Peter Nugent was brought up in St Raphael’s Estate in Stonebridge and is now working as a Bridge Engineer after graduating with an MEng from Imperial College London. He got involved with BHP through the BHP Youth Editorial Board and is now a BHP Board Member. He said: “It’s a huge honour to be included in this exhibition alongside so many great people. I’ve always tried to give back to my community in a positive way and it’s great to see how others are contributing across the country in so many different ways.”