On Thursday 4th November, Circle Voluntary Housing Association members, Supporting Communities members, tenants, and external contributors gathered to celebrate the launch of their Tenant Engagement Strategy & Strategy 24 at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studio in Dublin.
Our Tenant Engagement Strategy was derived from our innate desire to provide the best possible housing to tenants with a specific response to their needs. Discovering underlying issues within our development structure would only have been possible through the work of our Tenant Advisory Group. TAG has been a hugely influential part of our development of the Tenant Engagement Strategy, as Circle staff teamed up alongside several tenants, who volunteered to take part to create a better understanding between us both. After nearly a year to the date, Circle staff members and tenants gathered together in Temple Bar to celebrate the launch of the new Tenant Engagement Strategy.
Our CEO, John Hannigan, and Chair, Chris Ellison addressed the attendees by giving a deep insight into both the shared emotions on the day and their excitement and optimism about what is to come.
On the panel were Circle tenants, April Gregg and Gerry Fleming who voluntarily became members of the Tenant Advisory Group (TAG) in an effort to create a better relationship between tenants and board members and ultimately help provide better social housing and overall happiness. Other panel members included our Customer Service and Repairs Manager, Colm Barnes, and Supporting Communities Tenant Participation and Community Development Officer, Siobhan O’Neill.
The event was a huge success and will hopefully encourage more tenants to get involved with the programme designed to benefit them and their communities. We hope that the launch of TES will set a precedent for other housing bodies to involve their tenants more during the housing crisis in Ireland. For more information regarding Circle VHA’s Tenant Engagement Strategy and Strategy 24, please visit our Publications Section.