Winchester's tenants get involved

Sixteen Winchester City Council tenants have taken part in a Hampshire conference to find out more about how they can get involved in tenant participation and help to improve housing services in the district.

The seminar, called Getting it together - raising the standard was organised by Hampshire Training Group (HTG), and was designed specially for residents from local authorities and housing associations across the county.

Guest speakers included Pete Wellock, of Irwell Valley Housing Association Greater Manchester, who spoke about his organisation’s Gold Star service, which offers incentives to residents who pay their rent on time or who are good neighbours. Sharon Mitchell of Atlantic Housing Group and Eastleigh Housing Association tenant Barbara Lee focused on how tenants can help to drive improvements to their housing service by becoming involved in their landlord’s decision-making processes.

Attending her first conference was Lisa Leedell-Clarke who has just joined the newly-formed Colden Common & Twyford Tenants Association. "This was my first HTG Conference and I really enjoyed the day. I found it very educational and I hope that we will be able to use some of these ideas in my own Tenants Association," she said.

Glynis Cole, Winchester City Council’s Tenant Participation Manager and HTG member, said "We were delighted that residents from eight local authorities and housing associations attended the conference and judging from their reaction, they will be taking back lots of good ideas on how they can work with their landlords to improve housing services in their area."

For further information please contact Glynis Cole, Winchester City Council Tenant Participation Manager, on 01962 848204.