Trident‘s residents shape up community engagement
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Education, Environment, Health, Housing
Trident's Housing Director Tony Clark workshop with residents
As part of Trident’s commitment to increasing resident and community involvement, the Group held its first Community Engagement Conference earlier today, where residents were invited to inform the organisation’s Community Engagement Plan.
Over 40 residents attended the conference in Birmingham, all of whom played an active role in the day, with a view to on-going partnership working with Trident. Each made their own personal pledge, to spread the word amongst their neighbours and local communities, in a bid to recruit more residents keen to get involved in decision making that directly affects them.
Like many organisations, the Trident Social Investment Group is well versed in informing residents of its activities, goals and initiatives, through a variety of communication channels. Although Trident has a long history of consulting with residents through focus groups, scrutiny panels and surveys, the purpose of Trident’s Community Engagement Plan is to ensure that the Group moves a few rungs up the ladder of engagement.
This will be achieved by working closely with residents and the community, involving them in decision making, resulting in a collaborative approach that will ultimately lead to greater empowerment of individuals and the community.
Having recently renewed its commitment to resident and community involvement as well as mutualism, Trident appreciates that co-production and co-operation will lead to community cohesion, resulting in improved quality of life for residents and increase their life chances. By working in partnership with residents Trident will ensure the delivery a variety of support services that are not only value for money but tailored to meet the needs of residents and the community.
As well as providing homes to 6,000 people across the Midlands, many of whom are the most vulnerable, the recently transformed Trident Social Investment Group includes housing associations, charities and social enterprises, placing a social investment ethos and collaborative community working at its core.
John Morris, CEO of Trident Social Investment Group said:
‘The delivery of our Social Investment Strategy is reliant upon the adoption of ‘community gateway’ principles and the creation of tenant management organisations (TMOs), food co-ops and social enterprises. We can only achieve this through the support of our residents, as they will enable us to change attitudes and the culture of delivering neighbourhood services. By working together, we will maximise our social value, and in turn, have a major impact on local economies, communities and the environment.’
Tony Clark, Trident’s Housing Director said:
‘There is no better way to make informed decisions about resident and community engagement than to involve the people living in our communities. Our residents welcome our ‘5Fs’ strategy that focusses on Fuel, Food, Furniture, Finance and Futures, because it is a direct response to their needs and is crucial to their wellbeing. Today was just the start of a whole programme of activities that will enable us, in partnership with our residents and communities, to shape the future of Trident’s operations, which will benefit individuals and our neighbourhoods. Ultimately, this will lead to residents taking greater control of their communities.’
Trident resident Ann James said:
‘I have been involved with Trident for many years and I am proud to be an involved resident, today was well planned and very informative, it holds a lot of promise for the future for Trident’s residents and communities, and for anyone wanting to be involved in deciding the way forward.’