Spectrum Housing Group residents in Hookes Way, Newport have come together as a community with the help of Spectrum’s Neighbourhood Housing Officer fund.
Earlier this year, Stephen Dickins, the local Neighbourhood Housing Officer donated £500 to organising a shopping trip for the Hookes Way Residents’ Association. The group met early in the morning and made way to the beautiful city of Winchester.
The first stop was at the markets where the residents were able to browse through all of the stalls enjoying warm mince pies, mulled wine and choosing lots of gifts. After wandering around the cobbled streets of Winchester the group were able to take a tour of the majestic Cathedral before retiring in a local café.
The residents indulged in delicious lunches and hot chocolates with whipped cream, sharing stories of the day. Feeling relaxed and full, the residents made their way back to their homes in Hookes Way.
The trip united a community and brought together people that wouldn’t normally cross paths. The group had a wonderful day out together and resident, Angie Baily, said;
“What a great day we had! Everybody enjoyed it and, as well as the fantastic shopping experience, we got to meet neighbours in and around Hookes Way who we didn’t already know.”
Bad neighbours are more common than not in tightknit communities so it is rare to see such a variety of people getting along. This is a great use of the Neighbourhood Housing fund donated by Spectrum Housing. Spectrum’s Resident Involvement Officer concludes;
“This was the fourth event that the Hookes Way Residents’ Association has organised this past year. They are a hardworking and energetic group and we hope to continue working with them throughout 2016.”