How you can get involved

We have lots of ways that you can get involved. We appreciate any amount of time and effort you give to taking part and we'll give you a very warm welcome.

To apply, please call your local community development officer, or complete the form below and we'll call you.

Tenant Advisers

 We have several Tenant Advisers who work closely with staff to ensure the decisions we make are in the best interest of all of our tenants. Tenant Advisers attend management meetings, help us select contractors, and assist with complaints.

Scrutiny panels

We have four scrutiny panels - one each for the West Midlands, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. They are made up of ‘resident inspectors’ who work with us to examine and test our services. They hold us to account if we are not giving you value for money. 

The scrutiny panels have helped us to improve our customer service standards in many areas. 

If you join a scrutiny panel, we will give you training and reward you for your time and effort. All you need is a desire to be part of a team championing residents’ interests to make real improvements.

Mystery shoppers

Mystery shoppers test our service quality by contacting us by telephone or email. They then fill in a simple form to tell us how we are performing and help us to make improvements. all expenses are covered and Mystery shoppers are rewarded for their time. This is an ideal way to get involved if you do not want to commit to regular meetings.

Tenant Inspectors

Tenant Inspectors assist us by checking properties before they are let. As a Tenant Inspector you will be expected to travel to different properties and spend roughly 30 minutes to an hour inspecting the property.

The amount of properties you will inspect will vary depending on where we are letting homes at the time, but it will not usually be more than one a month.

Tenant representatives

Tenant representatives work closely with their Housing Officer on local issues that affect their community. A Tenant rep can accompany housing officers on site inspections, help tackle anti-social behaviour or assist with any issues affecting your neighbourhood.

Being a Tenant rep is not time consuming, you won't need to commit to regular meetings and is ideal for residents passionate about their local community

Residents' associations

We have a number of residents' associations across our areas which we support in making a positive contribution to their communities. Each association is an independent group and what they do and how often they meet differs from group to group.

Activities can include campaigning for environmental improvements, building community spirit through social activities and working together to make your community a safer, more pleasant place to live.

Waterloo Residents' Association (WRA), for example, is a well-established group operating in the West Midlands. They oversee grants for initiatives such as replanting shrubs, putting in extra security lighting and running play activities for children.

Surveys

If there are particular issues which affect all our residents, we send out reply-paid surveys asking for your views in the post. We regularly survey a large number of residents to find out what your overall views are about our services (sometimes we also email residents with online surveys). All your views count, so please make sure you have your say by completing and returning any survey(s) you may receive.

Focus groups

These are one-off meetings where you can express your views on a particular topic.  For example, a group of residents met to share their views on our annual report and helped us to improve it. 

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Get involved

Call your local community engagement officer: 

  • Leicestershire and Rutland
    0121 788 7585
  • West Midlands
    0121 788 7789
  • Lincolnshire
    0121 788 7757 or 0121 788 7758
  • Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire
    01858 414519