Meet and greet for SKDC sheltered housing tenants

A meet and greet event for South Kesteven District Council tenants has taken place at the Riverside sheltered housing complex on Welham Street, Grantham.

It is part of the council's commitment to work closely with the people who use its services.

As well as introducing housing officers to residents, the event also served to reinvigorate the communal areas after activities were curtailed during the pandemic.

SKDC tenancy staff, supported housing and maintenance teams were on hand at the informal session to answer questions and help tenants link names with faces.

Tenancy Services Manager Andre Ford-Hamilton said at the event: "We're interested in hearing the opinions of tenants, what they have to say. We are here to support them across the board and it's great news that we can all meet up face-to-face again."

Tenants were able to talk about litter picking and the outdoor greenery, maintenance staff and SKDC tradespeople were there to answer questions on upgrades and renovation, with the caretaker and other housing staff on hand to chat over tea, coffee and cakes. The event was rounded off with a prize quiz.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, Cllr Robert Reid, said: "The welfare of our tenants is one of our key priorities as a housing provider and we are keen to encourage more tenant involvement, particularly in our sheltered housing.

"It was a two-way process of giving information, inviting questions, offering surveys and providing support to some of our more vulnerable tenants. We're very much looking forward to getting out and about across the district in the months ahead, following on from the Big Listen Survey of our tenants and leaseholders. The Big Listen and the individual events will help the Council form its business plan for future improvements to the Housing Service."

Further events are planned for tenants of SKDC sheltered housing schemes in Manners Street, Grantham, and Manor Court in Bourne.

  • The Riverside complex was opened in 1980. There are 52 sheltered properties there, which are all one-bedroom flats with self-contained facilities and an emergency alarm system monitored 24/7.
  • The complex offers a communal lounge where tenants meet for tea/coffee and social events and there is also an on-site communal laundry for all sheltered tenants.
  • A specialist sheltered housing officer visits once each week but more often if required.
  • South Kesteven District council operates 30 sheltered schemes across the district, including in Grantham, Bourne, Stamford and the rural areas.