A day celebrating volunteering, the Living Wage, and 157 BHT tenants

Yesterday was not an ordinary day. Actually, there is no such thing as an ordinary day at BHT. Yesterday was a day of celebrations (and not just the 90th birthday of a certain regal person).

I started early in the office, trying to tackle 268 emails that required an answer. Emails are the Bain of my life.

Cllr Emma Daniel, Sally Polanski, and Chief Supt Nev Kemp

Cllr Emma Daniel, Sally Polanski, and Chief Supt Nev Kemp

Then at 8.30am it was off to the Community Works celebration on volunteering where the new vision and volunteering strategy for the city was launched. It was inspiring to hear from people who have volunteered and the contribution that they make to the city.

 

Andy Winter, Sarah Springford, and Bill Randall

Andy Winter, Sarah Springford, and Bill Randall

At 10.30am, it was the celebration of the Living Wage Campaign in Brighton and Hove. Now in its fourth year, BHT was proud to have been one of the original organisations to sign up to the campaign. We heard from Sarah Springford, Director the the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce (the only Chamber in the country that is actually leading a Living Wage Campaign). We heard also from the Leader of the City Council, Cllr. Warren Morgan, who paid generous tribute to one of his predecessors, Bill Randall, who set Brighton and Hove on the road to becoming the city with the most Living Wage employers in the country.

Welcoming tenants back to BHT

Welcoming tenants back to BHT

At 12.30pm there was a celebration to welcome 157 new tenants to BHT. A number of years ago we leased a number of properties to the Affinity Sutton group. They returned to BHT on 4th April and the event was a celebration that these tenants are, once again, BHT tenants.

The day wasn’t totally taken up with celebrations. There were other meetings and I did get the email mountain down to 200 (this is the most emails I have had unanswered for about two years).

All in all it was a good day, but there was another celebration I forgot about, much to the horror of some colleagues. Fortunately, I wasn’t alone in forgetting it. So did my wife. It was our wedding anniversary …..

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