Resident participationLast updated: 30 August 2013 14:41 UK
Giving Portsmouth council residents and leaseholders a say in the decisions that affect them, their home and community.
How resident participation can help
Portsmouth City Council's friendly resident participation team will work with residents to develop ideas and ensure they play an active role in developing and changing the council's housing services to make improvements to neighbourhoods and communities.
We also provide money to help with activities like outings, improvements to gardens and communal areas, and training and equipment for our younger residents through Funds4U and Youth Aspirations, which part-funded a circus skills workshop for pupils from a local school. Among many other projects, Funds4U has:
- supported 28 garden improvement schemes
- funded 16 trips
- bought Wii Sport equipment and flat screen TV for Age Concern’s day services
- spent over £11,000 on training residents in subjects such as committee skills, nutrition and first aid.
What resident participation offers
- advice, support and training
- chance to develop ideas for your community
- access to meeting rooms and equipment
- encouragement to write and contribute ideas for your magazine, House Talk
- use of a fully equipped IT suite
- support with childcare, travel and administration expenses while you take part in activities.
You can get involved
- residents' consortium - ensure your voice is heard in creating the council’s housing strategy, policies and practices
- consortium link group formed of annually elected residents representing particular groups, to support their needs and interests - more information below
- creation of resident associations, and street and housing block representatives
- range of training courses and special conferences for personal development opportunities
- navigators resource centre which provides meeting rooms, IT facilities and access to the internet
- applying for funding for community events and improvement projects through Funds4U
- encouraging young residents' personal development by funding equipment or training through Youth Aspirations.
To get involved in resident participation or to find out more about Funds4U!, phone free on 0800 032 1531, email email@example.com, or drop in to see us at the Navigators resource centre, Isambard Brunel Road, PO1 2DP.
Consortium group link
The consortium link group are an elected group of residents who play a vital role in influencing housing issues by:
- working closely with the resident participation team to improve services
- getting involved in national issues like rent increases
- championing residents' rights and empowering residents to help themselves.
We represent residents and leaseholders from all Portsmouth City Council-owned housing areas, and particular groups of residents, including young people, residents with disabilities and those in sheltered housing.
We are looking for residents to join the Consortium Link Group. The group meets monthly and you can give as little or as much time as you like. For more information on the Consortium Link Group email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Navigators resource centre - details above.
Why we were set up
Resident participation emerged from a recommendation from the the social landlord regulator, the Tenant Services Authority, to develop a new way of tailoring council services to what is important to you, for example how we consult with you, or manage your neighbourhoods or estates.