How to set up a Residents Forum in your area.
If you want to make a real difference to where you live you can join your local Resident Forums. If you do not have one, why not take the lead and set one up. It's very easy and they are great for promoting community spirit, tolerance and cooperation amongst residents.
What is a Residents Forum?
Resident Forums or Tenants' & Residents' Associations are made up of local volunteers who represent tenants, leaseholders and residents living in their neighbourhoods. They are vital for participation and the decision making process.
Setting up a Resident Forum is probably the most traditional way of getting involved in your local area. They are groups with a constitution that represent a particular area, perhaps a block, street or whole estate. Each group has a committee made up of a chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer and committee members drawn from the local community.
The forums work closely with local residents, the Council and other agencies to ensure that residents' views on their neighbourhood are fully represented and that tenants are involved in decisions which affect them. Exeter City Council provides practical support and administers funding for Forums
Where is my Local Residents Forum?
The Beacon Forum.A forum that meets Mondays, 7pm at the Beacon Church on a quarterly basis throughout the year. This is a really proactive group that looks at the neighbourhood surrounding Beacon Heath, allowing residents to have their say on issues that affect them.
The North Whipton Forum. A forum that meets on a quarterly basis at the Whipton Junior School. This forum is shared with the Police PACT programme and discusses all issues within the North Whipton area.
The Whipton Village Forum. A forum that meets on a quarterly basis at the Whipton Village Community Hall. This forum discusses all issues within the Whipton village area.
The Knights Place Forum. This forum discusses issues with Knights Place.
Why set up a Residents Forum?
There are many reasons for setting up a forum in your area:
Ultimately it can make your area a better place to live and increase the sense of community.
How do I set up a Residents Forum?
To create a successful Residents Forum you will need to find out if other people in your area feel the same.
You might wish to do the following:
To find out who your Neighbourhood Officer is, please phone Neighbourhood Management on 01392 265033.
It is a good idea to invite your neighbourhood Officer, the Housing Resident Involvement Manager and local Councillors.
To find out who your local Councillors are, please see Councillors and Council meetings - your city councillors.
For further information about setting up a Tenants and Residents Association or Community Forum please read the Tenants and Residents Association and Community Forums Starter Pack [136kb].
If you require help with any of the above, please contact the Housing Resident Involvement Manager on 01392 265738.