Tenant Involvement

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Tenant and leaseholder involvement

At South Cambridgeshire District Council, we are committed to working with our tenants to make sure our services are the best for you.

If you are a tenant or leaseholder you can get involved to help shape the service you receive from us. 

We are committed to including and listening to our tenants to make sure our services are the best and we will strive for improvement if they are not.

There are a range of different ways for you to get involved, all of which hold different levels of involvement. You can learn new skills, meet new people and make a positive impact on our services.

Regardless of age, disability, gender or gender identity, race, religion or faith, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status. We are very keen to hear from you!

The Housing department now has Facebook page. Visit In South Cambs to be kept up to date with information, updates on services and have your say on a range of subjects. We are also going to use this as another avenue for you to contact us.

If you are interested in any involvement opportunities, please contact the Resident Involvement team on 03450450051 or Resident.Involvement@scambs.gov.uk

The Tenant & Leaseholder News page contains all editions of In South Cambs, our monthly e-newsletter for people in South Cambs housing. If you would like to receive these newsletters, please contact us.

We also publish a directory in November containing useful information about your housing service and contact numbers for tenants. 

Tenant sponsored community grants are available to all South Cambridgeshire tenants and leaseholders.

You can bid for up to £1,000. We are looking for small projects, such as landscaping of communal areas, siting of a bench, artwork, children’s activity area, communal vegetable garden. Whatever you think everyone might enjoy.

Fill in a simple form, explain what you want to do, and how much money you might need and a panel of elected tenants from your Tenant Participation Group will decide on your grant application.

If you are worried the work might be too large – we are able to work with our contractors who have agreed to assist with one or two larger projects.

Apply online

Guidance notes for applicants

How much can I apply for?

The maximum you can apply for is £1000.

What do I need to include with the application?

A clear description of what the grant is for, a photo of the area, plan or sketch of what you want to do, a quote/costings for materials and who will carry out the work.

Consultation with local residents

It is your responsibility to consult with local residents and get support for your project. The panel will need to see evidence of this support.

How will the project benefit the residents of the area?

Explain as simply as possible the benefits of the project to South Cambs Tenants & Leaseholders of the local area.

How will it be maintained and what will it cost?

Decide how the maintenance will be carried out and by whom. If the project is planting are there sufficient volunteers to maintain? If it is seating or a shed for communal gardening what will happen if it is damaged. Please consult with your housing officer to make sure the council as landlord is aware of your plans.

The Tenant Participation Group (TPG) is a friendly group of 15 elected members who are the voice of all our tenants.
The TPG is responsible for monitoring and developing tenant participation and getting more involved in the decisions, contributing to our new Strategies and Policies. 

Elections for TPG members are held every 5 years.
The Disability Forum has now merged with the Tenant Participation Group.
There is a running agenda item and usually a representative from our Council will be there to assist in any queries.

TPG members meet monthly:

  • Usually the first Monday of the month
  • from 6pm to 8pm
  • held at the Communal Room, Denson Close, Waterbeach, CB25 9RN

Meetings in 2020:

Meetings have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic until further notice.

Minutes of the previous meetings:

September estate inspections will be happening in Cottenham and Foxton. The inspections will be carried out with trained volunteers and our housing officers. If you have any issues you would like to raise about these areas you can let us know through our estate inspection form.

 

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