Well as we come to the end of a very strange year where a virus plunged us all into the unknown and where had to adjust our whole way of socialising, shopping, working etc.
When it was announced that Tenant Involvement was going digital and that the Tenant Involvement Team would be working from home and that Ambassadors would no longer be able to meet in groups face to face but do everything on line I thought this isn't going to work for me so should I carry on with Tenant Involvement, being a Technophobe I was cynical as to whether I would get the hang of Zoom, Jitsi and all the other platforms of communication, yes I have a laptop, an Ipad and a mobile phone but to say I am competent in using them would be a lie! I still cannot do things like view more than one screen at a time and have several tabs open at one time, save things on memory sticks etc, I am indebted to my great friend and fellow Ambassador Tony Buchanan who has had the patience of a saint in trying to get me more computer literate, we used to meet every Wednesday at the Social at the Westgate Centre and Tony would guide me through various things and down load those apps I needed like Zoom and Jitsi so that I didn't have to Google them to get on line everytime while he was with me it was great, but by the time I got back home I had forgotten what he had said!!!!!
I have mastered enough to keep me iinvolved and have been introduced to new groups such as the Oxford Influence Group (where Tony and I have collaborated on some great pieces of work), I am now involved on the Great Estates Projects having joined the group that chooses sites to be improved for residents. (If you want to see the latest news on Great Estates Projects go to the File Upload section on the Portal) I recently along with Dave ( The Parrot Man) was involved in the interviews for a new Leaseholder Management Officer ( for those of you that don't know OCC has 704 Leaseholders of which 35o are absent Leaseholders and I am the only Leaseholder who participates in Tenant Involvement) an appointment has been made and I look forward to working with the new incumbent.
On a sad note we have lost a few Ambassadors over the year for various reasons all of whom added value to the the Tenant Involvement Process, we have welcomed new Ambassadors who have bought new enthusiasm to Tenant Involvement and have been made most welcome. I hope somehow we can get in touch with those who have left and try to encourage them to return to our family ( to me that is what Tenant Involvement is)
We have some exciting projects coming up, the White Paper for example being one of them.
So in closing I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to the Tenant Involvement Team and my Fellow Ambassadors who have offered support and encouragement to each other in what has been a difficult and sometimes stressful year, we have more challenges to face now we have been plunged into Tier 4 as from Boxing Day but if we all stay strong we will come through this.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a brighter New Year for those of you separated from loved ones keep cheerful and don't give up hope of getting back to normality, for any of you have lost family or friends to the Pandemic I send my condolences to you.
Stay Safe, Stay Local and above all Take Care of yourselves.
Ps I am always available for a chat either on the phone or via Jitsi ( if I knew how to do it )