Sentinel Residents' Week to set the standard
Published by Steve Murphy for Sentinel Housing Association Ltd in Housing and also in Communities
SENTINEL HOUSING Association has launched a week of free activities so residents can have their say on how the not-for-profit landlord is run.
SHARE 2010 - Sentinel Housing and Resident Engagement - has been set up to lay on free events, including a cinema night, 1940s-era party, a 10-pin bowling night, and coach trips to Paultons Park and London’s museums, in return for customer opinion on new minimum standards due to come into force next year across Hampshire.
SHARE 2010 will run from 1st to 4th June 2010, as the latest in a series of ‘conversations’ with residents to rewrite how Sentinel works.
Assistant Director Kari Tourle said: “After a decade of record investment in home improvements, community regeneration, and reorganising our basic services, we’re asking residents to tell us what they think about how we’re run and what our priorities should be for the next decade.
“We want to be a great landlord, and SHARE is all part of a better deal for housing association residents that we’re aiming to deliver. Even if residents can’t attend, this is a great opportunity for them to tell us what they think of what we do.”
Around 700 places are available during the week, and any residents interested can pick up a programme at Sentinel reception and local community centres, from their housing officer, or via Sentinel’s main repair contractor MITIE.
Sentinel is north Hampshire’s biggest landlord* with a portfolio of 7800 homes, and also provides related services to thousands more. The consultation covers everything from lettings to rent and repairs, and the new standards are expected to be approved by the housing regulator – the Tenant Services Authority – in October 2010 and will come into force from April 2011.
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* Made up of Basingstoke, Hart and Rushmoor districts.