Community Gateway Group

Community Gateway Group

A Community Gateway is an innovative way of running social housing, meaning true tenant and leaseholder involvement in decision-making about homes and services.

Join our Community Gateway Group (CGG)

We actively encourage our residents to get involved with Greenfields and joining our Community Gateway Group (CGG) is one way to do this. As an elected member of the CGG you would:

  • Ensuring that the Board is aware of the views of its tenants and leaseholders when making decisions
  • Approving recommendations to our services
  • Ensuring that all tenants and leaseholders are able to access our involvement opportunities
  • Helping to recruit staff.

Greenfields Community Housing has always held great pride in welcoming tenants into the “Greenfields Family”. Our core objective is to improve lives and without the input from our tenants this is simply not achievable.

Our Community Gateway Group ultimately holds our board to account and they play a crucial role in making sure the right services are being delivered in the right way at the right time. It’s a very rewarding role and is key in making sure Greenfields succeed in improving people’s lives.  To find out more about what Community Gateway means at Greenfields, click on the statement link in the supporting documents section.

Along the way you can pick up key skills that may well benefit you in your everyday lives, these can include;

  • Working as one team
  • Project managing
  • Public speaking
  • Positive challenge

Championing the tenant’s voice is a key factor in these voluntary roles and we cannot wait to hear from you.  For more information on how to become a member of the CGG, please contact us.

To find out more about the CGG monthly meetings, download the CGG Minutes in the ‘Supporting documents’ box on the right.

Local Offers

Greenfields consults with its tenants via the Greenfields Resident Groups and CGG to establish what they feel we should be provided in terms of service standards. A list of Local Offers is drawn up which sit under the 4 main themes People, Home, Service & Community. Local Offers are fundamental in making sure Greenfields stay focused on what’s important to our tenants, this is why it is key that the offers are set and monitored by our tenants.

Home

  • We will report on a quarterly basis the amount of new homes currently being built and the stage of development
  • We will report on a quarterly basis the amount of new homes currently being built and the stage of development

Service

  • We will produce video tutorials on our website and social media to educate tenants in the key services we offer
  • We will produce video tutorials on our website and social media to educate tenants in the key services we offer
  • We will always provide our tenants with a definitive cost for the repair when logging the job
  • We will create a “live chat” function on our website to help and assist tenants via an alternative medium

People

  • We will create a “live chat” function on our website to help and assist tenants via an alternative medium
  • We will make sure that all staff members are provided with dedicated training on the importance and value of Community Gateway

Community

  • We will commit to providing four clean up days across the district per year including all staff
  • We will look to inform residents when inspections will be completed by email, due to this being a more realistic, workable approach.

Co-op and mutual housing associations top the list of best social landlords

Greenfields has featured in a positive report on the value of mutuality in housing associations.  To find out more about how mutualist organisations operate and the value their mutuality delivers please download the Mutuality & Accountability in the Housing Association Sector from the ‘supporting documents’ box on the right.

 

Ken Davies

Ken Davies (Chair)

Ken is Chairman of the Humber Road Estate Community Initiative and Treasurer of the Witham Tree Group. He taught Accountancy, Business Education and Mathematics for 25 years until retirement. He feels that the “Gateway model for Greenfields is an excellent one.”

Antony Jones (Vice Chair)

Antony is originally from the North East of England and has been living in Essex for the last 10-11 years. He has spent most of his working life with the NHS. He has now left the NHS and would like to put forward a voice from Greenfields tenants to make sure that Greenfield’s tenants and leaseholders continue to have a partnership of harmony.

Sue Green

Sue Green

Sue has been a secretary on the Humber Road Committee, and an involved resident since 2007, including being a member of the Witham Area Forum and a Greenfields Board member.

Jane Hayward

Jane is a single mum with two teenagers. She has been part of Greenfields’ Resident Inspector Team, and a member of the Value for Money Steering Group and Customer Experience Group.

She wants to ensure that Greenfields will keep their promises to residents.

Grahaem Ball

Grahaem has lived in Witham for over 26 years and has been a resident leaseholder for seven. He currently works as an engineer. He believes in bringing a fair representation of leaseholders’ views and requirements to the Community Gateway Group.

Cliff Livermore

Cliff Livermore

Cliff has been a member of Hatfield Peverel Parish Council, Vice Chair and a member of the CA Executive Committee, and also a GMT Chairman for British Rail. He is married with four children.

Ann Woods

Ann Woods

Ann has been an involved resident since before transfer from Braintree District Council, and was Chair of the Braintree Area Forum for the eight years. She previously worked as a Childcare Officer, and spent 25 years as a Civil Servant.

Mo Martin

Maureen Martin is known to everyone as Mo.  Mo has been involved with the Greenfields Resident Group (Mid) for the past 18 months.

She also hosted the volunteers day last December.  Mo qualified as a midwife at the age of 60 years and worked in the maternity unit at St John’s Hospital and Broomfield Hospital until retiring in September 2016. 

Mo’s interests are walking, reading, knitting and crocheting. 

 

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Sean Collyer, Greenfields Residents Group South Representative

Sean has previously worked as a tyre and exhaust fitter, a security guard and a care assistant. He has been an involved resident since 2011 when he joined as a Forum Committee Member in Witham. He has been vice-chairperson for the residents group since 2014 and has recently been elected as Chairperson since August 2017.

Moia Thorogood, Greenfields Residents Group Mid Representative

Moia is a working  mum of 4, and has lived in Essex all her life.  Moia has been a part of Greenfields since before the transfer and enjoys being a volunteer within the community.

Steve Blows – Greenfields Residents Group North Representative

Steve has been an involved resident for the past 6 years, including Chair of the Halstead Forum and a forum representative on the CGG.  Steve specialises in older persons housing, and will always try to find ways to improve fellow residents lives.

Supporting documents

CGG Meeting Minutes

 

 

 

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about getting involved, please get in touch:

Text us

07860 024511

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Call us on 01376 535400 ext 4269 or visit our social media pages by clicking on the buttons below.

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