Derwent Living’s ‘Big Get Together’ is a big success

Created on Sunday, June 12th, 2011
by Michael Futers

Derwent Living held its’ ‘Big Get Together’ last week, and residents were out in force to let the housing provider know what they think of its services.

Over 150 people attended the company’s annual general meeting (AGM), which was held at The Quad in Derby, and gave residents the chance to meet the teams responsible for key service areas and also to meet with the directors and members of the Derwent Living board. In addition to those who attended, 30 people watched the get together on a live stream on the internet from their own homes.

Feedback at the event was a huge success with 147 consultation forms being completed by customers.

Derwent Living holds its’ AGM every year, but this year, the housing provider wanted to encourage residents and families to attend. The aim was to make it as fun and informal as possible, whilst giving people the chance to find out more about its services.

There was a range of craft activities to keep younger children entertained, as well as a masterclass for any wannabe DJ’s, led by a professional coach.

The event was a huge success and generated a positive response from Derwent Living residents. Maureen Corkery from Alvaston in Derby, said: “It was so good for customers and staff to be so involved together. The added bonus was being able to watch it from my home online.”

Josie Gadsby from Littleover in Derby, said: “It was a great evening, with lots of interesting things going on. A very big well done and thank you to all the staff for the time and effort put in.”


A big attraction at the event was the grand prize draw. Lucky winners on the night were John Nicholson from Cavendish Court in Derby, who won a garden makeover, Aulton Johnson, from Nottingham who won a room makeover for his home and Susan Sword, also from Cavendish Court, won a meal for two and overnight stay at The Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby.

Mitch Allseybrook, resident involvement manager at Derwent Living says: “At this year’s AGM we wanted to do something a little bit different. We wanted to make the event fairly light hearted, to encourage residents of all ages to come along and get involved. It was a real success, and in total we managed to attract over 180 people, which is more than even we envisaged. 147 of those who attended completed consultation forms, which means we can now use the feedback to further improve our services.”


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