Wakefield and District Housing’s (WDH) first ever major stakeholder event – ‘Writing Our Own Future’ – has encouraged partners to help shape the way the landlord provides it services over the coming years.
The event, at the recently-refurbished Unity Works in Wakefield city centre, attracted representatives from nearly 80 partner organisations, who discussed the different issues affecting Wakefield’s communities and how they can work together to improve life for tenants and residents.
The event was opened by WDH Chief Executive, Kevin Dodd, who introduced the four key themes of the day: opportunities for all, building better places, a digital future and health and wellbeing.
Keynote speeches were then presented by Paul Reid - Managing Director at Reid Aviation Solutions, Dylan Chipp - co-founder of Voluntas MRS Limited, Daniel Klemm - National Housing Federation Manager in the Yorkshire and Humber and Jo Webster and Dr Phil Earnshaw of the NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, who looked at the four themes in more detail.
Following a brief question and answer session, attendees took part in hour-long group discussions around the four themes about how they can work with WDH to tackle issues affecting the district and debated whether the ambitions are challenging enough and how they can be delivered.
The event was extremely successful, and WDH will be using ideas and feedback from the day to shape the landlord does business over the coming years as it progresses towards its Vision to 2020 and create confident communities.
Kevin said: “Stakeholder engagement is more crucial than ever before because of the new and emerging challenges our business face.
“By working in partnership we can meet these challenges for the benefits of our tenants and the wider communities. Our discussions were extremely positive and constructive, and we are already using the feedback to build our plans for the future.”
WDH’s stakeholder event is part of a wider journey which involve working with employees, Board members, Neighbourhood Panels, elected members and many more people and groups who have a key interest in the business and the Wakefield district.
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