Eastbourne Homes has teamed up with South East Training Uniting People (SETUP) to host a local conference.
SETUP provides low cost training and networking opportunities for residents whose landlords are members.
Residents from across the region attended the conference at The William and Patricia Venton Centre in Junction Road. Eastbourne Homes has recently become a member of SETUP and was keen to involve its residents.
The session’s speakers included Tony Thompson from Community Computing who spoke about how to avoid falling victim to scams and Lisa Gillette from Age UK Eastbourne regarding services provided in the centre and the community.
Gary Pelling from Mears talked about the new training they will be offering via SETUP and Oscar Plumley from The Shed introduced the work that they do. Amanda Allen from the Citizens Advice Bureau in Hastings also offered tips on how to look for new energy suppliers.
Sarah Roberts, an Eastbourne Homes Neighbourhood Caseworker, said, “This event proved to be really useful for our residents, who said it was very informative, and we plan to run more in the future.”
Angela Sharman, SETUP Chair and Resident Involvement Officer for AmicusHorizon said, “The sessions offered an opportunity to share ideas between different landlords and residents. It’s been a really successful event, with lots of new ideas being generated and new friends being made.”
The most popular reason residents want to take part in SETUP events is because of the networking opportunities, idea sharing and chance to get feedback from initiatives carried out elsewhere. SETUP members are invited to showcase their projects to other residents and act as mentors, if they wish to implement similar schemes.