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Residents empowered to help their communities

Eight residents are celebrating after completing a training course which has given them the skills to help their communities.

Eight residents are celebrating after completing a training course which has given them the skills to help their communities.

Residents of South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) successfully completed a four-month training course run in partnership by SSHA and South Staffordshire College.

The aim of the course was to give residents the skills and experience to become more involved in their communities through opportunities with the housing association or other organisations.

Involvement opportunities with SSHA include working with the Resident Sounding Board, Interested Customer Group or Scrutiny Panel, which sees residents comparing and challenging how the organisation has performed. These skills will also help residents get involved in wider community activities, for example as a school governor or with a scout group.

SSHA gave certificates to residents Gary Ash, Chris Bedward, Andrew Goadby, Christine Potts, Joyce Webb, John Saxon, Chris Cooper, and Janis Greenaway after successfully passing the course. Most were handed their certificates by Rolf Levesley, chair of SSHA, at a special event on Monday, October 31.

Gary Ash, from Cheslyn Hay, said: “The course has helped me to get on to the Scrutiny Panel so I can work with the organisation and help other customers. I would recommend other people consider taking these opportunities as it really does help you learn new things and it was an informal experience.

“The course was well structured, enjoyable and interesting. We were well supported by SSHA and this has made me confident to go on to do further qualifications. This has just whetted my appetite to learn more.”

SSHA developed the course with South Staffordshire College, which enabled the course to be accredited by the National Open College Network (NOCN).

The course included classroom sessions looking at housing generally, as well as speaking and listening, and confidence and awareness. There were also more practical computer and business awareness sessions.

Chair of SSHA Rolf Levesley said: “This training course is part of the association’s wider commitment to involving and engaging residents. By giving them the skills and knowledge to be involved we are putting them at the heart of their communities, whether that is by being on the Scrutiny Panel or becoming a school governor.

“We are very grateful for the efforts made by the residents to complete the course and for their continued engagement with the organisation in whatever way they choose.”

Resident presentation: From left, Gary Ash, Joyce Webb, Andrew Guadby, Christine