Council’s housing team has Christmas all wrapped up for tenants

20 Dec 2016

Lucky Northumberland County Council tenants received a Christmas surprise this week when they were given a gift hamper full of local produce.

Eleven tenants were nominated by their housing officer for the good deeds they have done for neighbours, or for overcoming difficulties in their own life during the past year.  Out of the 11, one was then chosen to receive an additional gift of pantomime tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at the Tyne Theatre and Opera House in Newcastle.   

The “12 Deeds of Christmas” initiative was introduced by the council’s Resident Involvement team as a way of celebrating the efforts of tenants.

Lilian McElfatrick, of Newsham, was one of the lucky recipients. Her home was badly damaged in a fire and all of her personal possessions were destroyed. Despite this she has remained positive and is simply grateful she was not injured.  

Another, Barbara Thomas of Blyth was praised for the help she offers elderly neighbours, doing their shopping and keeping their gardens tidy.

Mandy Mason, Resident Involvement Manager at the council, said: “As part of their role, our  housing officers spend a lot of time getting to know their tenants, helping and supporting them in their tenancies. Often, the good deeds our tenants do go unnoticed. We wanted to recognise this by giving them a Christmas gift for going the extra mile for others or by overcoming challenging circumstances.”

The hampers included produce from around the county and were put together by members of the Resident Involvement Service Development Group.