LIVE - The magazine for Optivo residents Winter 2017 - Page 11

Door knocks Under 24? We’d love our younger residents to help shape the future of our housing services. We’re looking for Optivo residents aged 16-24 to join our Kent Youth Forum. You’ll have a chance to talk about the challenges facing younger people moving into their own housing, and help us design solutions to these challenges. Please contact Lewis Kinch, Resident Involvement Officer on 01795 434665 or lewis.kinch@optivo.org.uk to find out more. We’ll be out and about in the Kent region this December, chatting to residents about our services and helping you get signed up for MyAccount. Look out for a text with details of when we’re in your area. Remember all Optivo staff and contractors carry identification (ID). Always ask to see ID before you let us into your home. Don’t feel embarrassed to do this. It’s your home and you have a right to check. If you’re unsure, give us a call! Furniture needed! If you’re buying new furniture before Christmas or in the January sales, please consider donating your old furniture to our Neighbourhood Furniture Store. Call them today on 01795 478550 or visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nfskent Representing you At Optivo we want our services to meet the needs of all our residents. The Kent Equality & Diversity Forum is currently looking for new members to help us do this. The Forum is working on a project to ensure residents with mental health needs are listened to and supported. We’ve also worked to look at how we can support residents with eating disorders, physical disabilities, and men’s health. If you’re interested in any of these topics or would like to suggest a new area for us to explore, please contact: Lewis Kinch on 01795 434665, or email: lewis.kinch@optivo.org.uk Atlas and Rogallo Our two new extra care schemes in Medway are well on their way to completion and will bring over 120 new homes for older residents. Extra care gives the perfect balance of independent living and support when it’s needed. To find out more, watch our short video at: www.optivo.org.uk/ExtraCare or register your interest with our Extra Care Team on 0800 121 60 60. 11