Our Caretaker and Involvement Teams teamed up recently for a successful coffee morning at South Hey, one of our independent living schemes for tenants aged 55 and over, where they also gave the scheme's outside area a spruce-up!

Coffee mornings at our independent living schemes, where tenants can come together to socialise in the communal areas, have always been a great way for tenants to get to know each other, enjoy a hot drink and a bacon butty and keep up to date with any news from Progress Housing Group.

After the COVID-19 lockdowns, Danni Shaw, our Progress Involvement Activities Co-Ordinator, has been slowly re-introducing the coffee mornings to as many schemes as possible to try and encourage people to start using the communal lounges again.

Danni tells us more: "I've been excited to get the coffee mornings going again. It's a great friendly and informal way for us to keep involved with our tenants.
"Our South Hey coffee morning was a little bit different as it was more of a 'coffee and caretaker' morning, where our Caretaker Team also spruced up the gardens with some lovely flowers!"
Everyone was really happy and the sun was shining. We couldn't have asked for a nicer Friday morning!
Danni continues: "The planting for this particular scheme was our Caretaker Team Leader Rob Knowles' idea. If he or any of his team are at a scheme and think it needs sprucing up, together we'll arrange an event where our teams and our tenants can all get involved in the work and have fun!
"At South Hey, we made bacon and sausage butties and hot and cold drinks. The Caretaker Team, along with some of our Kickstart recruits, and some of the tenants from South Hey, Gisburn and Ilkley Avenue, planted flowers outside, cleaned up the outdoor area, and made the outside look really lovely. Everyone was really happy and the sun was shining. We couldn't have asked for a nicer Friday morning!"

Are you a Progress Housing Group tenant who would like to request a coffee morning or an outdoor area 'spruce-up'?

If you are living in one of our independent living schemes and feel that your outdoor communal areas could do with a little 'sprucing up', then you can contact Danni, our Involvement Activities Co-ordinator at community@progressgroup.org.uk or call 03333 204 555. Danni's contact details will also be on a poster in your scheme.