“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” Confucius
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What makes a good residents'
A good residents' association is often a group of tenacious people - they get things done and meet regularly to discuss housing, community or environmental matters affecting their block of flats, estate or houses. They also share information, knowledge and skills.
Regardless of whether someone rents or owns their home, the most important thing is that people endeavour to work together to improve the physical conditions of where they live, campaign for better facilities and improve the sense of community in their area.
What affects one person (or several) can affect everyone in the block or area. At the same time, what better way to get to know the people around you, whether it is to interact socially or prevent crimes and anti-social behaviour. If we prefer to shut ourselves away and have less involvement in our immediate communities, everyone will suffer in the end. It was interesting to see how Sarah Beeny dealt with the different personalities in her series, Streets Ahead on Channel 4.
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Ruth Stokes, author of ‘The Armchair Activist’s Handbook’ and former guest speaker at one of NatCAN's national conferences, will present a webinar ‘Connecting To Make a Difference’, 7.30pm Thursday September 3rd - try to log on 5 minutes early please. click here
see also Where has the Human Connection Gone?
A fast-growing family run group campaigning on behalf of London Black Taxi drivers who are experiencing problems which have been instigated by TfL’s irresponsible issuing for Private Hire Licences.
They have found that not only the Black Taxi trade are being affected, but local residents due to minicabs parking in Resident bays waiting for their apps to alert them to a new job. This group has also noticed many out of London mini cabs are also joining this trend, which then obviously affects local residents.
This group would particularly like to hear from Residents’ Associations in London who would like to join them and give more power to their cause.
For more information see their Petition
A big thank you for Jasmine Dyoco for
providing the following links
and a big thank you for Helen Wallis for providing the following link - it's fascinating to watch what happens on this page
I wish something like this could be implemented
Many thanks also to Ellie Lewis for the following information:
Tenancy Deposit Protection
If there’s a dispute over a deposit
Your tenancy deposit protection (TDP) scheme offers a free dispute resolution service if you disagree with your landlord about how much deposit should be returned. You don’t have to use the service but if you do, both you and the landlord have to agree to it. You’ll both be asked to provide evidence, and the decision made about your deposit will be final.
Is this the way all retirement
homes should be run?
When the firm running Woodchester village went bust, the Residents' Association took charge...
- Woodchester is thought to be Britain's only mutually run retirement community
- Village is run by its elderly residents, for the residents
- All profit is used to cut the service charge or make improvements - that’s why some areas seem so plush
"Action for Community & Environment" is an environmental charity which creates pro-environmental behaviour change, supports communities to take action in their local area, and works with businesses to adopt best practice in environmental sustainability.