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Sarah’s Story…

“I’m the proud mum of four daughters aged from 19 to eight, and I live with my partner, Gary, who people might know as the MC at the last two Bournville Christmas Festivals.

I’ve been a Bournville tenant for six years and my parents were one of the first married couples to move onto the new Oak Farm estate.

I think of myself as a “Bournvillian” as I’ve been connected to this area all of my life. Even my professional life has been connected to the area as I worked at Rowheath Pavilion, as an operations manager, and I now work for a global organisation in HR.

I have recently volunteered with Bournville Village Council, helping out as the Secretary to the Committee and at their Festivals and events.

Before I became a Bournville Village Trust (BVT) tenant I was renting privately but it was insecure as we never knew when the landlord might want us to move on. We were only ever given a 12 month tenancy. We liked the area, our kids were happy at the schools and we needed stability.

A social housing tenancy with BVT offered us the security we needed when we were bringing up our young family. With both of us in full time work and a busy home life, with four kids and their clubs and activities, it’s great to know that if there’s a major problem, like a leaking roof or a boiler breakdown, then this will be sorted for us and covered by our rent.

We are proud to be BVT social housing tenants.”

Know a tenant who deserves to be recognised and has a great story to share? Please contact Jess Allan by emailing jessicaallan@bvt.org.uk or call 0300 333 6540 (Birmingham) or Fleur Hemmings by emailing fleurhemmings@bvt.org.uk or call 01952 567417 (Telford).


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