A GREENOCK housing provider organised an informal event to help social housing tenants learn more about issues important to them. 

The team at Oak Tree Housing Association hosted a consultation cafe to encourage discussion on the customer care charter and the fuel support fund. 

Oak Tree received around £16,000 funding from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, and used the money to buy items like air fryers, electric blankets, duvets, and heated throws. 

At the cafe, tenants who hadn't managed to tap into that resource yet got the chance to find out more about it. 

Greenock Telegraph:
Attendees also got the chance to learn about herb planting with the housing provider's landscaping and maintenance team. 

Robert Dowds, who manages the landscaping and maintenance team, helped tenants learn about how to break up plants and prune, and everyone got to the chance to take a plant home. 

Plants were donated by the team at In-Work Enterprises. 

Robert is heading up a pilot project with Oak Tree which has employed four people and taken on two modern apprentices through Inveclyde Council. 

He said: "It's been a fabulous day, we had a wee laugh and it's been really good."

Greenock Telegraph:
Senior compliance and governance officer Kirsty Davis said the event was a great success. 

She said: "There was a fantastic turnout.

"We host quarterly cafes and different topics are up for discussion each time. 

"We encourage tenants to let us know what they want to talk about. 

"The cafes are a great opportunity for us to meet our tenants."