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  • 1. Benefits of Residents GroupsJane Eyles, TPAS

2. TPAS and ME! based right next to Non profit making Formed 1988 after enquiryinto British riots Aims to empower housingassociation and counciltenants to have more say intheir communities and homes Me community worker/housing background Worked with over 100 tenantsgroups 3. Resident Groups/TenantsAssociations Long history through 20thCentury Rent strikes Squatters movements Grew with social housing Federations National & regionalgroups 4. So what are tenants associations? Collective Can be formal or informal Try and involve everybody from oneparticular estate/area/site Try and represent everybody Work together with the landlordfor positive change Usually run by a core group 5. So what do they do?? Improving housing services or the neighbourhood Dealing with concerns that affect some groups orall residents Campaigning for improvements or on localissues, changing the stigma joining larger forums Consultation landlord & other agencies Planning Improvements - design housing orenvironmental improvements. Training or information sessions for theirmembers on interesting subjects 6. So what do they do?? Social activities - street parties, youth clubs,discos, coffee mornings, bingo or whist drives. Community facilities - summer play schemes,credit unions, food co-ops, neighbourhood watchschemes, and community centres. Monitoring service delivery standards -perhaps as part of a formal estate agreement withtheir landlord, or maybe on an informal basis.Associations are often involved in estateinspections or walkabouts with housing officerswhere improvements are planned in partnership. 7. Case study - Town Farm Large & unpopular estate problems with anti-social behaviour, crime, litter & rubbish, lack ofinvestment, community cohesion Council not listening Residents association formed & youth committee Neighbourhood agreement with monitoredtargets for the Council, Town Council & police toimprove in every area Police much more active and funding initiatives Regular walkabouts, free skip weekends Reaching out to other communities 8. TOWN FARMAllotment Youth club 9. TOWN FARMFundraising for skate park Won the Peoples Millions on ITV to fund playpark 10. Case studies Kingsmere RA Sunday morning pictures Neighbourhood agreement Campaign to change the estate andits services Annual fun day Youth clubs Camera club 259K lottery grant to develop park Training 11. Case studiesBristol Estate TA, Brighton & Hove Allotment food co-op Toddler group Sewing club Use community payback to do up estate Communities against drugs campaign Looked at setting up a Tenant ManagementOrganisation Fun day Food evenings Health authority 12. Guinness Partnership The Squirrels, Croydon Gardening 9 year party to Sheltered schemecelebrate campaignnewsletterfor yellow lines 3 year survey door Clean up daysknocked to get views Silver surfers Fish and chipssuppers Trips out 13. The benefits of resident involvement in housingBenefits to the landlord Services improve Landlords become better Contractors performance improves too Better public relations Saves money Staff find the job easier Residents respect staff who show a willingness to listen Consultation now saves hassle later Residents understand the reality less unrealisticexpectations Manages risk 14. The benefits of resident involvementBenefits to residents Benefits to the Taken seriously community Stabilising and More cloutsustaining communities Fun Offer activities that may Better services not have been on offerbefore Being involved in their Community spiritcommunity Social life Capacity building Pride in an areaenhanced skills Better relationships withconfidenceoutside and agencies Feel valued and listened Decrease the stigmato 15. Thank you and finally..

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