Posted by Sofi Mogensen, on 10 Apr 2017
Back in February, Amy joined Red Kite as an Engagement and
Events Co-ordinator and thought it would be a great idea to put together a
regular blog to update all of our volunteers and members about what the
Community Investment team has been up to. For those who don’t know, Red Kite’s
Community Investment team is dedicated to managing our volunteers and
supporting our communities by creating new and exciting opportunities for
involving tenants and leaseholders to learn new skills, improve their CVs and future
Read Amy’s blog below and remember to check back for
the latest updates and ways in which you can get involved.
It's now been over a month since I started my role here at Red Kite, and time has really flown! The team here have all been so welcoming and have really helped me to settle in.
Since starting, I have been involved in a lot of the regular
groups that our volunteers attend, which has not only given me a great insight
into how Red Kite works, but has also allowed me to meet some of our amazing
volunteers in person and see the difference they make in influencing our
organisation across all areas of the business.
Recently, I went out with the Property team and Margaret
(one of our volunteers on the Major Works group) to see two local blocks of
flats which are having a well-needed facelift. The work being done was
fantastic and you could really see how it would improve our customers' enjoyment of their homes and communities. It would be great to have more
volunteers come along to see the work they have helped influence, so if anyone
is interested in joining the Major Works group, please get in touch.
I also got the chance to go along to the Compliance group which
was the perfect opportunity to familiarise myself with the different
contractors at Red Kite and see how they work and carry out repairs.
It would be fantastic to get some more volunteers on board for future meetings
as it gives tenants the opportunity to hear about the contractors’ work, raise any
issues they may be having, give feedback on their own experience, as well as
challenge and hold contractors to account where necessary.
Additionally, I’ve been very busy organising our Community Morning
for the 26th April. I’ve met with all the organisations we will be
working with on the day to find out more about the types of things our staff
and volunteers will be doing. From clearing scrubland with Chiltern Rangers to
helping at local dementia charity Safe Haven, there is lots to get involved
Nahida, Rachel and I have been busy leafleting for our
Business Start-Up Course which begins on 25th April. We’ve been out
talking with local businesses about advertising our course, which is free to
anyone who lives in the Wycombe district. We spoke to lots of people who were
interested in coming along to our taster session to find out more. If you would
like to hear more about the course, please get in touch.
I have plenty of exciting things planned for this month that
I will keep you updated on, from going out on visits with the repairs team, to assisting
with plans for Dementia Awareness week and helping out at our jobs fair at
Bucks New University.
Thanks for reading!