Tenant participation groups host first interactive session
Two tenant participation groups in the north of Scotland joined forces to host their first interactive virtual session centred around the theme of ‘Working in Partnership’.
The event from North East Tenants, Residents and Landlords Together (NETRALT) and the newly established Northern Tenants Partnership (NTP) targeted tenants, residents, community groups and staff across Scotland, bringing together a diverse range of voices and experiences.
The virtual gathering showcased good practice and insights on tenant and community involvement through a series of engaging presentations, videos, and discussions. The spirit of partnership echoed throughout the event, with tenants and staff both contributing to its success. Colin Stewart, a Castlehill tenant and NETRALT member, acted as the event’s host and provided the technical know-how to provide a digital platform for the event to take place.
The event commenced with a keynote speech by George Walker, chairperson of the board of the Scottish Housing Regulator, setting the tone for the day. A selection of topics was covered during the session, including youth involvement, scrutiny, community growing initiatives, participatory budgeting and Regional Networks.
With NETRALT‘s membership covering Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, and Moray, and NTP spanning the Highlands & Islands, Orkney, Shetland, and the Hebrides, the collaboration provided attendees with insights from a wide array of tenants, community groups, and landlords.
The event concluded with an interactive online quiz, with a tenant delegate from Aberdeen City Council winning the star prize of £100 in vouchers.
Catherine Coutts, co-chair of NETRALT and Castlehill’s tenant participation officer, said: “We were thrilled to partner with Northern Tenants Partnership to share the amazing work taking place in our communities. This event provided a unique opportunity for tenants to inspire one another, furthering our aims of sharing good practice, creating a valuable support network, and promoting tenant engagement far and wide.”
Suzy Boardman, principal tenant & customer engagement officer at Highland Council, said: “Friday’s event really highlighted what can be achieved when we pool our resources and work collaboratively. It was inspiring to hear about the great work happening all across our region and come away with lots of ideas for future partnership projects.”
The success of this collaborative event highlights the commitment of tenant participation groups to foster meaningful partnerships, share knowledge and enhance the tenant experience across Scotland.