A FATHER and daughter have brought together staff and residents at three separate housing associations to conduct neighbourhood inspections in each of their communities.
Organised by our Estate Ranger Gary Bellamy and his daughter, Greenfields Community Housing Neighbourhood Co-ordinator, Katee Bellamy - and with help from Havebury Housing Partnership’s Kevin James - employees and tenants from all three housing associations have carried out estate inspections as part of a Peer Review Group (PRG),
Set up in 2011, the PRG - which has visited our communities in Chelmsford, Havebury’s Mildenhall estate in Bury St. Edmunds and more recently a Greenfields Community Housing neighbourhood in Powers Hall End, Witham - sees staff and tenants from each of the housing associations mark and score the work(s) carried out by each organisation in their respective area(s).
The PRG inspections also provide the opportunity for members to talk to local residents to discover if more community improvements are needed.
Katee Bellamy said: “We wanted to give other housing associations the opportunity to carry out an estate inspection with us so that we could all learn from each other about what works, what we could do differently and what could be improved.
“The experience has proved to be really useful as we have all learnt from each other and will be looking to put what we have learnt into practice.”
Gary Bellamy commented: “The PRG continues to go from strength-to-strength as it’s an ideal way for staff and residents from each housing association to swap ideas and discover how different ways of working can have different outcomes.”
CHP resident, Tim Hatcher, added: “The PRG gives me a greater insight into how CHP performs when compared to other social housing providers. By working with Greenfield’s and Havebury’s residents - and by visiting each area in turn – it has given us all the chance to see the problems and successes which can occur in our neighbourhoods.”