Hundreds of mince pies later: why community engagement brings cheer at Christmas

Community Engagement Manager, Marc Gomes shares his reasons as to why it’s good to give at Christmas.

At Christmas time, Rendall & Rittner like to enjoy the festivities. While many people think of managing agents as those responsible for service charge billing and signing for post, there’s much more to our work than that. For us, this time of year is an opportunity to prove that we are not all about managing the bricks and mortar, it is a perfect time of the year to show we are also about helping to develop communities that are self-sustainable and welcoming.

This month we have over 110 developments participating in Christmas events that we, together with our communities are hosting across the portfolio. This will include Christmas markets, Christmas Carols and Mulled wine, meet your neighbour events, decorate the Christmas tree and pub quizzes to name a few.

We envisage meeting more than 3,000 of our residents at Christmas Carols and Mulled wine events with around 50 developments taking part. At a recent event we managed to get through 180 mince pies and 120 cups of mulled wine and this is only the start of things to come; and will work with various carollers across London putting on their best singing voices for our guests.

Christmas may be synonymous with being a time for family and giving but for our staff at Rendall & Rittner and many of our residents, it is about getting up and working throughout the Christmas period. We work to understand the demographics of each development in order to hold the right event to match with our residents’ needs – a Christmas Arts & Crafts event works best at our larger developments that include families for example.

Encouraging neighbourly time for everyone, even if some may feel like they will be alone during the festive period, is very important to our work as managing agents. Throughout the month our team will work with many local businesses and schools from independent stall holders and street food traders to community groups and school choirs. Making it the best time to build community spirit.

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