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​Hundreds of tenants turn out for fun day

More than 700 people attended Tai Calon Community Housing’s third tenant funday. Tai Fest which was held at it’s office in Blaina on Saturday broke all previous attendance records.Kelsey Watkins, Community Investment and Involvement Officer, was delighted by the turnout. “Tai Fest was another great, free, family day out. The clouds meant it wasn’t too hot and every one had a fabulous time. And we know tenants enjoyed it because of all the lovely compliments on Saturday and afterwards on our Facebook.”

Tenants, who had free transport to Tai Fest, were able to enjoy a wide range of activities from jewellery making to crazy golf. There was live entertainment and the day was compered by BRfm.

The event was paid for by Keepmoat, one of the contractors working with Tai Calon to bring all its homes up to Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

Jen Barfoot, Chief Executive, said: “We are very grateful to Keepmoat for its sponsorship. The money we had set aside to pay for Tai Fest can now be used for other things to benefit tenants.”

Speaking about the day itself, she added: “It was lovely to meet and chat to tenants. Two friends admitted that they hadn’t expected much when they’d booked their free tickets. However, far from the day being boring they were delighted by everything they saw and did.

They were particularly pleased by all the information and help we could give them about budgeting their money and Welfare Reform.”

However, the day was tinged with sadness. Philip Crozier, who has been Chair of Tai Calon, stood down at the end of the Annual General Meeting, which was held during Tai Fest.

Philip Crozier was Chair of the Shadow Board for 18 months, before taking over as Chair of Tai Calon which celebrates its third birthday this Friday (26 July).

“I am very sad in lots of ways about standing down,” said Philip Crozier. “However, I am very proud of everything that the Board and Tai Calon has achieved.

“The one thing I have learnt is the importance of good housing. It makes a real difference to people’s lives. It improves their health, their quality of life, it means children have a nice place to study increasing their chances of educational success. It really does mean so much to so many people. It has been a real eye opener for me.”

Mr Crozier also praised staff at Tai Calon for their commitment and dedication.

“The Board could not have moved things forward without the hard work of every member of staff. It was fantastic to see so many of them at Tai Fest making sure everything ran smoothly. And from talking to tenants it is clear that they do appreciate what staff do for them.”

The appointment of the new Chair will be confirmed at the next Board Meeting later this month.

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