Friendships blossom at ‘getting to know you’ event

By Craig Bradshaw 2 years ago
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A special event to allow neighbours from a new development in Hamsteels, Esh Winning make new friendships, has proved to be a huge success.

Attended by around 50 residents from the whole community, where karbon Homes has recently completed its ‘The Heathers’ development, the gathering was organised by tenancy services officer Lee Dobson, to offer new neighbours the chance to become acquainted over drinks, nibbles and a delicious celebratory cake.

Lee got to know the new residents when supporting them through the application process for the 31 new bungalows - built on the site that was formerly occupied by Hamsteels Primary School.

The homes were made available for affordable rent to older people and those with mobility problems and although many moved only a short distance to their new properties, Lee understands the importance of having friendly faces around to say hello to.

He said:

"Delivering much needed, high quality homes for the older generation is vitally important but being part of building and fostering a strong community spirit, is something Karbon Homes is equally passionate about.

“Hamsteels is home to a terrific group of people and I knew they would get along famously - It just needed something to get the ball rolling.

“The event at the village hall went really well – and long into the night! It could well be the start of a great partnership between Karbon Homes, residents and the Hamsteels community group, with key figures keen to host follow up events and at least one person expressing an interest in volunteering at the community centre.
“It was also a great opportunity to promote other services that Karbon Homes is able to offer to residents.

“There are certainly some green fingered people in this community with the gardens around here already looking terrific. There was much horticulture chit-chat and even a suggestion that the area should enter a competition to pit itself against other equally colourful and leafy villages – Hamsteels in Bloom perhaps!

“However, it isn’t just the begonias and buddleias that are blossoming, as I witnessed the start of many new friendships that I’m sure will grow to last a lifetime. Being part of these kind of initiatives has to be the best part of my job.”

Brenda McLeod, 67, originally form Catchgate, attended the evening with her two sisters. She said:

"“The event was absolutely marvellous. We had a nice meal and I got to meet some fantastic people. It’s great to now recognise people around the doors and it’s excellent to know that I’m close to such lovely neighbours."

Lee has been so supportive and has helped me at a very difficult time - following the death of my husband Matty, after 48 years together. It was Matty’s wish that I be able to move closer to my sisters Linda and Barbara and Lee has helped this dream to become a reality, with us now living just a stone’s throw apart.

"My new bungalow is beautiful and I can already tell that this is going to be a wonderful place to live."

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