Successful partnership working is delivering positive results in South Staffordshire Housing Association’s (SSHA) Elder Grove in Wombourne.
Residents in the block of six flats now have better play facilities, improved security and a 'changing rooms' style makeover to communal areas thanks to SSHA's new approach to working with communities. The service-enhancing approach sees new neighbourhood involvement officers working to support residents and encourage them to pull together to decide what improvements they feel would make their neighbourhood a better place to live.
Neighbourhood involvement officer Becky Raven-Smith explains more: "Last summer we helped some of the residents of Elder Grove form their own resident group. Between them they decided exactly how they wanted their communal area to be improved. SSHA then worked with them to see many of their ideas come to life."
The improvements, which cost around £15,000, include a tarmac play area for the children of the block in Elder Grove, new shed doors to improve security and new bin storage areas. Communal areas inside have also been transformed with new door and wall colour schemes and matching floor tiles – all chosen by the residents themselves.
Elder Grove resident of three years Laura Bastable said: "All the residents worked really hard to get it right and find improvement solutions that suited everyone and it has all been worth it. South Staffordshire Housing Association was fantastic. They supported us in our work and the end result is great. It just shows what we can achieve if we work together."