Annual conference for residents

Helen Powell and Hannah Ketch
Helen Powell and Hannah Ketch

EASTBOURNE Homes’ residents saw their ideas come to life at their annual conference.

Tenants and leaseholders of Eastbourne Homes had been asked for their input into what they would like the conference to offer, and although Eastbourne Homes helped organise the event, residents took the lead.

More than 70 people attended the conference at the Eastbourne Centre, and the theme of the day was Our Communities, ur Neighbourhood and our Service.

The conference opened with presentations from key people involved with the organisation, including Eastbourne Homes’ Chair, Gordon Sims, members of the Scrutiny Panel and Chief Executive, Jo Ellis.

Sue Parsons, Resident Board Member, said, “I’ve had lots of positive feedback from the residents I’ve spoken to, with them all saying they enjoyed the conference. It was good to welcome so many new faces, as that’s the aim of the event. New people were recruited to our various panels too, and I’m pleased that everyone’s hard work paid off.”

Jo Ellis said, “I’m delighted that the conference was such a success. I must pass my congratulations to all the residents who took the time to put forward their ideas before the big day, and also thank those who attended - the day is for them and about them. I’m also very grateful to our partner organisations who were happy to join in.”

Residents were encouraged to attend the various information workshops which were on offer during the day, including nuisance and anti-social behaviour, repairs and maintenance, and neighbourhood management.

The conference provided an ideal networking opportunity, and information stalls were manned by Eastbourne Homes’ partner organisations including Eastbourne Borough Council, Age Concern, Credit Union, Neighbourhood Watch, as well as the police and fire service.