WCHG Tenants Conference 2018

WCHG’s Annual Tenants’ Conference took place at Wythenshawe Forum on Thursday 8th November and was a huge success.

218 people attended the event and enjoyed a packed agenda with special guests Alison Inman from former Chartered Institue of Housing (CIH) President who put the spotlight on ‘Domestic Violence’ and recently launched the #makeastand campaign in June 2018 to tackle the issues surrounding domestic abuse.

Other special guests Sally Trueman & Ann Harris from the ‘A Voice for Tenants  (AV4T) who have formed a constructive relationship with the government, gave a presentation highlighting the impressive numbers of volunteer hours tenants are donating nationally and played an important role in launching the recent Green Paper.

Local Councillor Glynn Evans, Master of Ceremonies on the day, hosted this years “Question Time”, giving attendees the opportunity to speak directly to representatives from WCHG’s senior management team, Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe & Sale East and Alison Iman and a record number of 18 questions were asked, providing a unique opportunity for local tenants to get answers to the questions that mean most to them.

The event also saw the presentation of WCHG’s Annual Community Awards and the winners were

  • Good Neighbour Award - Mrs Jean Poole / Mr Eric Booth
  • Young Person Award - Macey Stewart / Wiktoria Pustelnick
  • Involvement Champion Award - Mr John Paul Coe
  • Community Group Award - Grand Day Out
  • Paul Goggins Life Time Achievement Award - Mrs Jo Hastings

WCHG Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “This is always one of the highlights of the calendar and a great community event that celebrates and champions involvement here in Wythenshawe and this year was no exception! It also was a very special event for me being my last one as Chief Executive of WCHG and demonstrates how far we’ve come. I would personally like to thank all the involved tenants, volunteers and colleagues who made it such a success”

Mike Kane MP said, “The tenant conference is always well attended by Wythenshawe Residents. It gives them the opportunity every year to hear about the great things going on in the constituency and to ask any questions about the area where they live.It is an excellent event and one I have attended every year since I was elected the MP for Wythenshawe & Sale East.”

Chair of the Tenant Committee Janet Papworth said, “It was a great event and I would like to thank all the involved volunteers who helped make the day such a success. It was a fitting tribute to Nigel and everything he has done for Wythenshawe and on behalf of all the tenants we wish him all the best for the future. If you would like to become an involved tenant at WCHG then get in touch to find out more.

Alison Inman, former CIH President said, “It was a real honour to be asked to speak at the WCHG Annual Tenants Conference about the CIH, ‘Make A Stand’ campaign against domestic abuse. For too many people in our communities home is not the safe place it should be and it is great to see WCHG taking a lead in trying to change this.

If you would like to get involved with WCHG or find out more about the range of ways that you can get help, please don’t hesitate to contact the Involvement team for a chat on 0300 111 0000 or 0800 633 5500 or email getinvolved@wchg.org.uk