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A fang-tastically themed supported living feedback event for Zetetick tenants
Last Thursday, staff, supported living tenants and their care providers gathered at Hove Methodist Church Hall to celebrate our family at Zetetick Housing Charity and learn more about our tenants’ needs. We were absolutely thrilled by the number of guests who flew in on their brooms dressed in their favourite fancy dress for the occasion!
As part of our dedication to our BEDROCK values, we wanted to host an event that brought our learning disabled and/or autistic community together. It was a fabulous opportunity for tenants to provide feedback on their homes and it captured opportunities for improvements and many positive comments. Tenants conjured up written, verbal or even video feedback and we’re so happy they shared their valuable opinions with us. Using our pumpkin-themed, accessible feedback forms, tenants dropped them into our comment cauldrons which were filled to the brim by the end of the day!
Terrific teamwork makes the supported living dream work
Our supported living tenants came from all over the East Sussex area and staff from Croydon joined us to show their much welcomed support too. Zetetick’s founder and current trustee, Gary Scott, came along to speak with our tenants and partake in the Halloween fun with the rest of our Croydon and St Leonards team members. We were also joined by our newest prospective trustee, Debbie, who had a chance to see what our supported housing charity is all about.
A boo-tiful buffet had a spellbinding effect on our guests, served by the brilliant Hove Methodist Church staff. A huge thank you to Caroline and her catering team for the delicious lunch! For those brave enough to pick their poison, we also brought our own creepy cakes for each table and treat (no trick!) bowls full of various sweets and chocolates that tenants loved. Lunch was met with approval from everyone in attendance and we’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to donate our leftovers to Off The Fence – a local homeless charity.
We’re so happy to have also been joined by Parable Dance, an inclusive dance group that was led by Annie and supported by artists Max and Lily. They demonstrated their talents and kept the party alive, brewing a dance potion that had a number of our tenants, staff and volunteers get the dancing bug on the dance floor too!
Parable’s colourful ribbon streamers and sparkly tassels dazzled in DJ Chris’ amazing disco lights bringing joy and wonder to the whole room. Chris’ music included Halloween hits and classic party anthems that had even the shyest of Zetetick staff and tenants tapping their feet away.
An event to remind us why tenant engagement matters in supported living
A huge thanks goes out to our team of volunteers who graciously gifted us their time and support on the day. Aaron, a tenant of ours, and Florence helped us transform Hove Methodist Church Hall into a hex-tra special and spooky place. Freelance photographer, Dylan, also volunteered to capture some fantastic moments of staff and tenants coming together, giving us all a reminder of why we love the family we’ve created at Zetetick Housing Charity.
This is our second regional tenant engagement event this year and it has been a resounding success. Everybody who attended left on a happy note and were pleased to have met each other, have fun together, and share their thoughts and feelings in an open, caring and kind environment that was free of judgement.
At Zetetick, we are are passionate about evolving our engagement approach with our diverse and unique tenants. Events such as these are opportunities for us to actively listen to our tenants and hear what they value the most about the housing we provide. We will continue to involve our community in all conversations about the opportunities and issues that affect them, using feedback to shape and improve our supported housing services.
This article was adapted from our Autumn-Winter 2023 magazine issue. If you are interested in reading the whole issue, please contact [email protected] for a digital or physical copy.