Increases to energy bills and cost of living has had an impact on many of you. We held a special event on Thursday 16 November, to provide financial and wellbeing advice.
Our Tenancy Sustainment Team were on hand to support those struggling with their rent. Local nurses also carried out free blood pressure checks and South Central Ambulance Service completed lifesaving demonstrations on how to use a defibrillator and practice CPR effectively. Food donations were made by UK Harvest and Chichester District Foodbank also provided much-needed advice to those who may need access to foodbanks this winter.
Sue Cecil, our customer who lives in Chichester, attended the event and was thrilled to be able to speak to so many people. She said: “It was excellent, the first person I saw was a nurse adviser. I caught up with her so that we could review the progress I've made since the last time I saw her. Last year, I was quite down with my own disability, and it was nice to get the advice she gave me. It has made a huge difference in my life.”
Sue added: “There was also brilliant person I met too; she works in the support for families. Although my family didn't need support, I listened to her and took all her information, and I'm going to pass it on to the school that three of my grandchildren go to.
Jan Read, A2Dominion’s Senior Communities and Centres Partner in Chichester, said: “It good to see many local residents and partners come together in the community. Increases to cost of living has impacted many people and the upcoming festive season can cause increased anxiety for those already struggling. We hope this event has helped to alleviate some of those concerns and reassured them that there is help and support available.”
Gillian Keegan, Member of Parliament for Chichester and Secretary of State for Education, joined our colleagues and our partners to support local residents this winter and ahead of the festive season. She held a drop-in session at the centre and engaged with many local people. Local councillors and staff from the Department for Work and Pensions were there to answer any queries.
We manage more than 500 homes in Chichester. This latest event forms part of our commitment to providing community events, wellbeing programmes and services to help improve communities and people’s lives. Find out more.