10 May 2019
Food brings people together
Over the summer months, OCHT set out on a mission to hold morning teas and BBQs in many of our OCHT housing complexes. With more than 1,700 sausages cooked, 110 loaves of sliced bread buttered and at least eight batches of delicious scones consumed – we are proud to say the events were a huge success.
Created to give OCHT tenants a sense of community and to help our OCHT team get to know our tenants a little better, a total of 56 BBQ/morning teas were held over a seven-month period. On average twelve tenants attended each event. They were treated to a delicious snack, along with the opportunity to hear guest speakers from Neighbourhood Support, Community Energy Action, Smokefree NZ, Pegasus Health, Christchurch City Council Graffiti Co-ordinators, NZ Police and the Christchurch City Council Wheelie Bins team.
OCHT Community Development Coordinator, Rick Fraser, says the events were a real success.
“We wanted to bring people together so we could increase social connections and provide OCHT with an opportunity to talk to tenants about their needs in an informal setting over food and a cup of tea. The guest speakers were a fantastic addition. We saw an increase in the number of tenants sign up to neighbourhood support and tenants benefited from learning better ways to heat their home, be prepared in case of disaster and making sure they access available health care.”
OCHT are always looking for ways to connect and create community with tenants. If you are a tenant and have an idea for an event, please contact Rick or Jane from the Community Development Team on 0800 624 456.