Residents ‘Just go for it’ at our summer event

24 June 2014

The sun was shining on our ‘Just go for it’ event on Saturday 21 June at Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton.

The event offered a free, fun, family day out, and was well attended by over 90 residents and members of the local community. The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Councillor Dave Durdan attended along with the Lady Mayoress. Knightstone Directors and Board member, Jacqui Cross were also there to meet and talk to residents.

The event gave residents the opportunity to meet the team who work in Taunton and Wellington, find out what services we provide and how they can access them, including housing and benefit advice.

Money and energy saving advice was provided by the Centre for Sustainable Energy and Barclays Bank. Companies including St Loye’s Foundation, Reform Training and Skills, Somerset Skills and Learning, and Somerset College offered guidance on courses available to those wanting to get into work or volunteering.

The event was supported by our contractors Anglian windows and Mi-Space. Both organisations have recently been awarded contracts to deliver our planned maintenance service in the Taunton area of Somerset over the next five years.

Visitors were kept busy with circus skills, cake decorating and crafts, and were encouraged to collect stamps from the stalls to be entered into a prize draw to win High Street vouchers. Our very own Knightstone band provided toe-tapping live music throughout the day.

Dave Durdan, Mayor of Taunton Deane said “It’s great to see Knightstone holding an event like this, not only for their residents, but for the whole community. You can see all the hard work and care that’s gone into making it a success. I particularly enjoyed pedalling myself a smoothie on the bike!”

Mark Beard, Director of Customer and Community Operations added “We’re happy to see so many of our residents and the community coming along today to get involved. We wanted to showcase the services we offer, as well as those provided by other organisations in a fun, friendly environment. It’s given us the opportunity to engage with residents and people from across Taunton.  It is great to see so many local organisations here who can offer advice to our residents.”

One resident who attended the event said, “I’ve had such a good day and learnt a lot about the services Knightstone provide. I also talked to companies that can help me get back into work and volunteering. I’m definitely keen to get more involved with Knightstone.”

The event follows the launch of our Resident Involvement film, also entitled ‘Just go for it’. The film captures the stories and experiences of the residents and staff who work together to shape the services that we provides for our customers. You can see the film here: www.knightstone.co.uk/your-knightstone/get-involved

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