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Residents' Day 2011
Some 76 residents and 30 children came together for Hexagon’s fifth annual Residents Day event which took place on Saturday 24th September. For this years event we found ourselves at Goldsmiths University in New Cross for a fun-filled an informative day for the whole family.
The event was chaired by Val Oldfield, a resident from Nunhead, and in keeping with previous year’s events, this year a range of different activities for our younger residents was provided, including a DJ and mixing session (provided by Positive Youth Experience (PYE) and for the under 13’s a story-telling and puppet making workshop (provided by Jactito Theatre Company).
There were a range of displays at the event, with Hexagon contractors and community groups being on hand to answer questions and provide valuable information to residents.
Residents enjoyed a buffet lunch before taking part in one of four workshops which were on the repairs service, “Love Food Hate Waste”, “Starting a Social Enterprise” and the government’s reform of social housing and welfare benefits. The workshop on the Government's proposed changes to social housing and welfare proved a particuarly 'lively' session and we have made the presentation slides from that session available here.
As in previous years the ever popular Question & Answer session took place where residents put their questions directly to a panel comprising of Chris Melville (Operations Director), Tom Harding (Housing Services Manager) and Dawn Johns (Responsive Repairs Manager) on a wide range of issues. Tom McCormack (Chief Executive) then drew the event to a close with an address which focused on the government’s changes to social housing and the challenges which lie ahead for Hexagon.
The day was rounded off with a presentation from the children of the puppets that they had made, before concluding with a fantastic prize draw for residents. All prizes where donated by our contractors and 7 prizes were awarded to the lucky recipients.
The feedback received from residents about the day was very positive, with 95% of residents rating the event as either “excellent” or “good”.