Each year a group of East Devon District Council tenants arrange a tenant’s conference. The theme, speakers and venue are by the group.

A conference by tenants for tenants.

 This year on 11th July 39 tenants and a 35 staff, councillors and contractors descended on the Baptist Church Hall, The Beacon, Whitford Road, Kilmington.

 The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Healthy Living and Wellbeing’.

 Peter Sullivan a tenant from Sidmouth did an excellent job of chairing the day.

 Tiggy Parry and Hannah Smart from Health & Local Food for Families (HALFF) spoke about how HALFF can help you with healthy cooking and wellbeing courses.

 Aaron Clark and Penny Hartnell from Community Development spoke about helping to reduce isolation in the community and growing your own food

Tenants had extra time this year for the ‘meet and greet’ session where they met staff, contractors, councillors and stall holders who answered questions directly from tenants. Once again this was a big success. Those attending enjoyed being able to speak with and question staff members face to face about their area of this service.

 After a delicious two course lunch supplied by LAP Foods based in Payhembury, there were cooking demonstrations by HALFF on healthy meals. Aaron Clark and Margaret Whitehouse, Mobile Support Officer provided demonstrations on chair exercises and using the Xbox for indoor bowling.

 Again this year there was an award for an East Devon District Council tenant who deserves the thanks of the community, who works for the good of others. 

 There was also a staff award to someone who can be relied upon to be helpful, friendly and give excellent customer service.

Tenants and housing staff were asked to put forward their nominations and the awards were presented at the tenant conference.

 The winner of the staff award for Excellent Customer Service is Margaret Whitehouse (Mobile Support Officer). See attached picture of Margaret receiving her award from John Golding.

 The winner of the tenant award for Outstanding Service to Your Community is Janet Sullivan (Lymebourne Park, Sidmouth). See attached picture of Janet receiving her award from John Golding.

 There was a free raffle with many of the prizes donated by local businesses, the Conference Committee and staff.

 The overall assessment of the day was excellent.