A TEACHING Assistant says she enjoys living on her sociable Muir estate after being one of the first people to move in 11 years ago.
The paint on the walls at the Cambridgeshire property had barely gone dry when Kim Hayward moved into the then newly-built house in Hinchingbrooke with her four daughters in 2006.
Kim likes the sense of community spirit she says exists amongst her fellow Muir neighbours at The Shrubbery, and says she can relax to read one of her favourite books in peace, knowing that she always gets the support she requires from Muir, when and if ever she needs it.
“I love reading true crime stories,” Kim said. “I’m fascinated by them.
“It’s nice here and it’s a good place for us as a family.
“People are nice and sociable, and the homes here are nice and a good size for families.
“Everyone looks out for each other and it is generally very quiet.”
Kim has been working as a teaching assistant for ten years, and previously worked in a bank.
She says she has confidence that Muir will always respond to her needs if she ever gets in touch.
“Things are always resolved,” said Kim, who is originally from nearby Huntingdon. “I feel that I am listened to.
“I always feel that my Tenancy Services Officer supports me and never feel like I am any source of frustration.
“Any repairs are always completed in a timescale I think is appropriate, and whenever I need help or money advice, I have been given it.”
Kim’s interest in true crime has rubbed off on her second eldest daughter, who at 19 has just started to study Forensic Biology at university.
Her eldest, 24-year-old daughter is now married with a home of her own, while her 17 and 15-year-old daughters are currently studying for A-Levels and GCSEs respectively.
“When I’m not working or reading I like to go running in the country park nearby, but most of all I love being with my family – we like to camp each summer on the Norfolk coast,” said Kim.
“I would recommend Muir to anyone in my experience”, she added.
“I can’t fault them with anything. They really are a lovely housing association who do look after you.”