Many thanks to all that
attended the general meeting it was a great turnout,and it was
nice to see some new faces! good conversation and refreshment
was much enjoyed, here’s to the
2017 Marks the year of the Co-op`s
proud, be part of it!, lets celebrate together and make a
difference for the future!
Balsall Heath Housing Co-op
Proud Winners of Accord Great People
Thursday 17th November 2016
“Balsall Heath Housing Co-op
have gone to great lengths over the last year to better engage
their tenants and improve attendance at meetings.
Co-op`s community room has been transformed through hard work
and innovative thinking, and is now a comfortable, welcoming
space that residents are making much more use of. Its great to
see so many more tenants getting involved and being part of
Co-op Award Nomination..
Balsall Heath Housing Co-op
has been in existence for nearly 40 years and has been
providing affordable housing to people in housing need in line
with the co-operative principles and values.
Heath Housing Co-op is an independent and democratic
member-led organisation. The Co-op is officially run by a
Management Committee which is elected once a year and consists
of tenants who give up their time voluntarily to support the
running of their Coop.
means that Balsall Heath Housing Co-op is very different to
other housing organisations such as councils, housing
associations and private landlords. There is no 'landlord and
tenant' situation in a housing co-op.
tenants have responsibility for their Coop whether things go
well or badly. That's why people who join a housing co-op are
not only getting somewhere decent and affordable to live, but
are committing themselves to helping their community.
the past 12 months, Balsall Heath Housing Coop have looked at
new and innovative ways of engaging with their tenants to
increase tenant participation. For a number of years, Balsall
Heath Housing Coop had a run down, dilapidated community room
which was only used once a month for their Committee
Management Committee decided that they would like to make more
use of their community room and decided to organise a weekly
coffee morning with an open invitation to all of their
tenants. A working party consisting of tenants was formed to
‘clean out’ and revamp the unused community room.
tenant from the Co-op liaised with representatives from Selly
Manor Museum (part of the George Cadbury Estate) and
successfully secured a large number of comfortable banqueting
chairs. These chairs were donated to the Housing Co-op free of
charge and were used to replace the old brown plastic
February 2016, Balsall Heath Housing Co-op also organised an
informal “meet and greet” event for all of their
event provided tenants with the opportunity to meet with
members of the Management Committee and their Communities
Officer from Bchs. The event was held on the same evening as
their General Meeting and in the past only a small number of
tenants have attended.
this occasion over 25 tenants were in attendance who were able
to engage informally with members of the Management Committee
and their Communities Officer from Bchs. Next year will be the
40th Anniversary of Balsall Heath Housing Coop and the
Management Committee are already working towards submitting a
funding bid to the Celebrate, Big Lottery funding stream to
organise a community event and history exhibition to celebrate
this momentous occasion.
Green (Communities Officer from Bchs) said “the work that
Balsall Heath Housing Co-op is doing to engage with their
tenants and to increase tenant participation is fantastic. It
is great to see so many new tenants getting involved and being
part of their community”.