Blazing sun but lots of fun

On Saturday 7 July we held our 19th Funday, an event which allows us to meet and interact with our customers in a relaxed, informal way.

Once again held at the Maybridge Keystone Club we were delighted to be joined by the Mayor Cllr Paul Baker, Mayoress Sandra Baker, and the youth Mayor Katie Waters with deputy youth Mayor Jimi Taylor.

Despite the intense heat and an England football game we welcomed 517 people to the event.

The day had the usual mix of fun and education with games and activities such as welly throwing, coconut shy, milk the cow and a surf simulator, along with face painting, nail painting and an under 5’s bouncy castle and play area. In the main hall we had an art zone and our grounds team were helping children to create butterflies and caterpillars.

In keeping with our company ethos of sustainable futures our financial inclusion team were on hand to offer advice on Universal Credit and to get the young adults thinking about their financial future. The Green Gym, which is a scheme which inspires you to improve both your health and the environment at the same time, were on hand to encourage people to join up; and our own sustainability co-coordinator was there to give customers energy saving advice and making butterfly seed bombs – a cheap and fun way to make your own wildflower garden.

Simon Anderson, Head of customer services said: “It was great to see so many people on the day, especially with an England match on and the intense heat. Each year we try to ensure there are more activities for customers with a good mix of fun and educational ones for customers to enjoy. We hope that by mixing with our staff in such an informal way will help customers to see that we are approachable, here to help them and support them.”