Paula Cherry: Making communities feel they are worth investing in
Link housing officer Paula Cherry reflects on a recent litter pick in Edinburgh.
I am a firm believer that we need to be present on these estates. We need to show face, and we need to tackle things head-on sometimes because sometimes it feels for people living there that their complaints are falling on deaf ears, or they are a lost cause if you like.
So, I think these kinds of events are really important for boosting not only our own morale but benefit our relationships with our tenants. It helps them and makes them feel like they’re being heard, that they are valuable and that they are a community worth investing in.
First and foremost, the very basics, give them a better place to be. But I also think it’s about encouraging people to take ownership of their own areas and their own communities.
It’s like leading by example, I guess. In some ways, it just means it hopefully inspires people to say if we are doing it on the front line and they can see us doing it, and they can see the benefits and improvements. I would like to think that it allows them to carry that forward and keep their areas nice.