Celebrating resident empowerment on #housingday

Celebrating resident empowerment on #housingday
18th September 2017 James Calnan
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Empowerment poster

Today is #housingday, which celebrates the positive impact of social housing on so many people across the UK.

As a Community Gateway Association, residents are heavily involved in how Greenfields operates.

With our Annual General Meeting taking place next week, now is a good time to look at how residents, including our Community Gateway Group, Area Forum members, Community Voices, DigiPals and Virtual Voices, have been empowered to shape Greenfields.

Jane Hayward, chair of the Community Gateway Group (CGG), which represents residents and ensures the Board hears their voice when making decisions, believes the last financial year has been of great change.

The group spent 2016/17 scrutinising, challenging and approving major changes to the structure of the Board, the forthcoming over 85’s outreach support service, anti-social behaviour policy, and so much more.

The CGG voted against a proposal for Fixed Term Tenancies, influenced the future of services including housing-related support and backed the introduction of Task and Finish Groups and our Virtual Voices.

In all, we held 144 events over the year and Jane said community events and local action plans will continue in the years to come.

Jane said: “This is a huge amount that has been achieved and a lot to be proud of, as without all of us working together it simply could not happen.

“I want to congratulate all volunteers, including Area Forum members and all of our Community Voices, who work endlessly in making sure community improvements are targeted at those areas in most need.

“We will endeavour to be the voice of our tenants and we will pursue our vision of improving lives, something which I am very passionate about.”

To find out about getting involved with Greenfields, visit www.greenfieldsch.org.uk/get-involved

Gold and Silver members are invited to our AGM at Greenfields House on Thursday, 28 September. See www.greenfieldsch.org.uk/annual-general-meeting-2017