Each year a group of East Devon District Council tenants arrange a tenant’s conference. They decide on the theme, speakers and venue.
This year on 25 May, 41 tenants and 31 staff, councillors and contractors descended on the Broadhembury Memorial Hall, Broadhembury.
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Reducing Isolation in Your Community’.
Peter Sullivan, a tenant from Sidmouth, did an excellent job of chairing the day.
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.
Vincent Willson from Teignbridge Citizen Advice Bureau spoke about Universal Credit and how this is likely to affect tenants and leaseholders in East Devon and what help is available.
After a delicious two course lunch supplied by LAP Foods based in Payhembury, we presented the results from the isolation and travel questionnaire that tenants and leaseholders were able to complete prior to the conference.
Councillor Jill Elson also gave a presentation regarding what community transport is available in East Devon for residents to use.
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.
For the first time this year there was a youth award for a young person who helps others or makes your community a better place to be.
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 Penny Hartnell (Community Development Officer). See picture of Penny receiving her award from John Golding.
The winner of the tenant award for Outstanding Service to Your Community is Gary Wakeham (Honiton). See picture of Gary receiving his award from Cllr Andrew Moulding, Chairman of EDDC.
The winner of the youth award was Jack Bennett (Axminster). See picture of Jack receiving his award from Cllr Andrew Moulding.
There was a free raffle with many of the prizes donated by the Conference Committee.
The overall assessment of the day was excellent.