Well there you are pictures, taken at the Tenants conference on Saturday last .I was collected in a taxi at nine fifteen ,we picked up three more people as we got nearer the venue which I explained was at the National Centre for DeafBlindness,at Hampton ,in Peterborough ,and what an amazing place that is rooms and corridors ,all with signs in braille ,..different textures to guide the way ,and the centre of which is a sensurary garden.
The meeting was opened by Karen who is the Tenant Involvement Manager ,she was pleased to welcome so many tenants representing ,from the different categories of people housed by the association..ie Sheltered housing,supported housing ,even some residents from the extra care scheme were present,as well as people from general housing ,many staff were present to deal with any questions .....Stuart.... Housing Services director,then explained the results of a Status survey.He then introduced the guest speaker ,a gentleman called Rafael Runco from the 'Independant housing Ombudsman Service 'who explained the purpose and value of this service
After coffee and a chat with our friends ,in my case some of my residents from before I retired,we were all delighted to see each other again .......We all went our way to the different work shops ,I had chosen to go to one on recycling ,and very interesting Ifound it to ,and sice it is a topical subject at the moment I think it merits an entry of its own another time.... By now it was lunch time ,we all enjoyed a wide selection of buffet food and more networking .
After lunch Maurice had turned up (he had worked the night before ) many residents were pleased to see him too. He joined me in the work shop I had chosen for the afternoon ,'Best Value' bit heavy this one explaining how the company spent and planned to spend their money, but none the less quite interesting , We were then entertained by the Peterborough Youth Theatre , with their 'Hate Crime ' production ,very well done and thought provoking ,we had another comfort break before question time ,and then the presentation of awards for the best garden /patio/tub section and a photo competition,as well as the painting competition ,the artist who painted the picture of David Jason a very worthy winner ,where the standards were very high ...We all left feeling we had learned quite alot ,Karen came to me as we were leaving to remind me we need to have another news letter meeting soon ,but I have already submitted my account of our day in London ,so look forward to that meeting .
Before we came home we called in to see Jean abnd Pete ,andthen onto Maurices brother and his wife Mike and Jackie ,and their son who was visiting from London to mark his fortieth birthday ,Before making our way home .........
Have Good Day Every One ...with love