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Tenant and leaseholder involvement

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 group, search for In South Cambs. 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 want to help your community, meet new people and learn new skills then please let us know below.

Please choose the ways you would like to be involved (tick as many as appropriate)

If you are interested in any of the involvement opportunities below, please contact the Resident Involvement team on 03450 450 051 or Resident.Involvement@scambs.gov.uk

 

The Tenant & Leaseholder News page contains our monthly e-newsletters.  If you would like to receive these newsletters please fill in your details on the form above, providing us with your email address.

As well as our e-newsletters we have a tenant magazine that is produced twice a year and aims to provide information about your housing service, useful advice and interesting articles. 

It is produced by staff at South Cambridgeshire District Council, working with the Tenant Participation Group Editorial Panel. 

We are always looking for contributions from all our tenants and leaseholders and welcome any comments regarding the magazine.

If you have any comments, or would like to submit an article for the magazine, please email tlnews@scambs.gov.uk

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 new SCDC Strategies and Policies. 

Elections for TPG members are held every five years.
The Disability Forum has now merged with the Tenant Participation Group.
There is a running agenda item and usually a representative from SCDC 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:

  • Monday 6 April 2020 - Cancelled
  • Monday 4 May 2020 - Cancelled
  • Monday 1 June 2020

Minutes of the previous meetings:

The Sheltered Housing Forum is a group of sheltered housing tenants and leaseholders that meet to discuss all things related to Sheltered Housing.
The forum deals with issues directly affecting the sheltered housing service, from:
  • the way communal rooms are run
  • issues with service charges
  • adaptations etc. 

This forum is specifically designed to hear the thoughts and opinions of our Sheltered Housing Tenants, and to gain their input in our services.

The Sheltered Housing Forum can elect one member to represent their views at TPG meetings.


Meeting Dates for 2020

The forum meets four times a year at various locations around the district.

*Cancelled* Thursday 16 April 2020, 10am to 12pm at Wilford Furlong Willingham CB24 5JJ

Thursday 16 July 2020, 10am to 12pm at Elin Way Meldreth SG8 6LX

Thursday 15 October 2020, 10am to 12pm at Lacey’s Way Duxford CB22 4SE

 

Minutes of the previous meetings:

July 2019

April 2019

January 2019

October 2018

 

The Leaseholder Forum is for leaseholders (including equity share tenants) to meet with South Cambridgeshire District Council staff to discuss issues directly related to them. 

Members of staff from housing, finance, benefits etc. attend to answer any questions.
The aims of the group are to:
  • Promote membership to all people who are eligible to join the group
  • represent the majority view of leaseholders
  • contribute to the improvement of the housing service
  • identify and prioritise local housing and environmental issues
  • promote equal opportunities within the community
  • provide regular information to all members.

Members of the Leaseholder Forum can elect one member onto TPG to represent their views.

All meetings are held at: Council Chamber, South Cambs Offices, Cambourne, CB23 6EA, from 10:00am- 2:00pm.

July estate inspections will be happening in Linton and Duxford. 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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