Trident residents tooled up for management role
Published by Dawn Prentice for Dawn Prentice Communications in Communities and also in Care and Support, Education, Environment, Health, Housing
Trident Residents Panel
Eight Trident residents completed their formal induction training earlier today, to enable them to steer the group’s procurement practice worth £9M each year.
The Residents Procurement Panel will work with officers from Trident when carrying out their role and will be involved in the selection process for new contracts including partner providers. This will require residents to review specifications of tender documents, attend meetings with contractors and other continuous improvement meetings, including repairs and maintenance services. The panel will also be involved in the testing of any new products Trident installs in its homes.
Procurement is an important part of any business and the Procurement Panel will be fair and transparent when carrying out its procurement activities with the support and guidance of Trident’s senior staff. As a social investment group, it is important to have a procurement strategy in place that is reviewed every year to enable the group to achieve value for money, be customer focused and raise standards, whilst being consistent and creating opportunities in the communities which Trident serves.
The procurement of goods and services is regulated by European Union Directives, Public Contract regulations and the Financial Policies and Code of Governance of Trident Social Investment Group.
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.
Tony Clark, Trident’s Housing Director said: ‘We decided to create the Residents Procurement Panel because we believe that our residents are best placed to tell us what they need and by enabling and supporting residents, helps us to ensure that their different needs are taken into consideration as part of the specification and selection process. This panel will provide feedback on existing services, improve understanding, build trust and help to shape new services provided to all of Trident’s residents.’
Abigail Robson, Chair of Trident Housing said: ‘Resident involvement is a crucial component of good governance and integral to the implementation of Trident’s social investment strategy. Working closely with our residents, enables us to be more cost effective in delivering services that are tailored to the needs of our communities. As well as influencing decision making processes, the experience gained by residents contributes towards their personal development and significantly increases the social capital created.’
Kim Cartwright, Trident resident said: ‘I was a bit nervous at first, but I’ve really enjoyed the training and I am looking forward to being a part of deciding what’s best for residents.’