Resident Forum

The Residents Forum, currently chaired by Steve Pring (elected in January 2018), and supported by vice chair Maddie Dearan, is made up of residents from across the Vale who represent the views and opinions of our residents, as well as influencing how the Trust works.

Many members attend because they want to have a better understanding of how the Trust works but cannot commit too many hours.

The Resident Forum aims to:

  • To act as representative body for the best interest of Trust's residents
  • To have a broad overview of the Trust’s performance
  • To ensure that the monitoring and scrutiny arrangements set in place by the Trust are effective and drive improvement

The Forum meets once a month, in the evening (except August and December), at Fairfax House (our offices) from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. Here is a list of forthcoming dates for 2019:

Residents Forum meeting dates 2019. [docx] (opens in new window) 14KB

You can also view past meeting summaries and minutes here (opens in new window) .

A message from a forum member-

"If you would like to influence and shape services in close partnership with your landlord and having a bigger say in what happens where you live with ideas and suggestions for improvements then please join our Resident Forum which are delighted to welcome any new tenant to our group. See you at our next meeting."

Residents Forum Recruitment

Our panel are always on the look out for new members who would like to help their local communities.

Residents Forum Role Profile

The role of Resident Forum members is to:

  • Act as advocates for wider resident issues and complaints.
  • Respect all individual residents confidentiality.
  • Act within an advisory and consultative capacity to the Trust to critically review policy and practice consistent within its role of driving service improvement.

Residents Forum Training

The residents on the panel have attended various training sessions on a wide range of  topics to enhance and improve their skills since they started two years ago.  For example how to write effective reports, the do’s and don’ts to good presentation skills, understanding performance information and how it’s presented.  This year our members asked for An Introduction to Social Housing, because they wanted to understand how social housing started and what is happening in the current day. This session took place in June this year and was well attended. Further training is available for new volunteers to the forum and all residents can attend training as part of our annual training programme.

Interested in joining the Residents Forum?

For further information please contact the Community Engagement team, on 01296 732600 or Comms&Communities@vaht.co.uk.