It’s our members that make Tpas such a great organisation to be part of and what better way to show this than with our member spotlight feature.
Each month we will invite one of our members to share their engagement achievements, tips and ambitions, allowing you to keep bang up to date with what others are up to across the sector.
Member Spotlight - settle
We asked Sue Crossey, Customer Engagement Co-ordinator from settle to share what they are up to.
Give us a little known fact about your organisation.
settle is based in Letchworth, the world’s first Garden City. Founded by Ebenezer Howard in 1903, the Garden City was based on ideas published in his book Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Reform and created as a solution to the squalor and poverty of urban life in Britain in the late 19th Century. Letchworth Garden City inspired town planning across the globe; according to the writer George Orwell, it also attracted “every fruit-juice drinker, nudist [and] sandal-wearer” in England!
Tell us about a time that engagement has made a difference to your services or communities?
In the Summer of 2021, we reached out to a group of residents in Letchworth to begin discussions about the redevelopment of their homes, which were built in the late 1940s and expected to last only 60 years. Since then, we have engaged and worked with local residents, partners and the wider community to shape these redevelopment plans. We have held five public consultations, 20 meetings with the Resident Steering Group and extensive 1:1 meetings with individual households. Throughout, we have made valuable changes based on the thoughtful feedback we received.
We are currently working on our final proposals for the area, which will provide 157 new affordable homes with a variety of 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses. The scheme also provides fully wheelchair accessible flats, houses and bungalows. Every property will have access to a private outdoor area, either through a private garden or balcony, together with parking.
The proposals are in direct response to what we heard through our engagement with residents and partners in the community, and in line with the Garden City principles. One of the residents involved in earlier stages of the proposals shared her story in a podcast – you can listen to this here.
What are you currently working on when it comes to engagement?
At the moment we’re focused on improving the inclusivity of our engagement offer. We know that to be the best social landlord we can be, we need to ensure that a diverse range of voices and experiences are being heard and influencing how we do things. As an example, we know that in-person engagement doesn’t work for everyone, so we’ve recently set up a digital engagement platform called settle connect to reach more people and offer residents a way to get involved in their own time. The platform has lots of potential uses, from policy reviews to regeneration projects, so we’re currently exploring ways of encouraging as many people to sign up as possible.
Why did you decide to join Tpas?
No housing association is an island! Tpas has a wealth of experience and expertise that can help us become a better social landlord – why wouldn’t we make the most of that? Having set up our Voice of the Resident panel over the past year, it’s also particularly great to have access to Tpas’ resources to help upskill not only our colleagues, but also panel members and all other residents who want to get involved.
What is your top engagement tip?
Engagement is everyone’s job! It cannot be reduced to one panel or one team; it needs to be embedded into the culture of your organisation in a way that involves every colleague. One of the best ways that we live out this principle at settle is through our Big Door Knock. Every few months, every single team heads out into our neighbourhoods to speak to residents in person and find out how they are doing, how they think we are doing and how we can do better. The Big Door Knock has become an integral part of settle’s fabric, a regular reminder to all colleagues of the people at the heart of the work that we do.
What is the one thing you are really proud of when it comes to engagement?
Over the past year, we have been working hard with a brilliant group of highly engaged residents to set up our Voice of the Resident panel. A couple of months ago, three members of the panel spoke at a Q&A session during our annual all-colleague event ‘homefest’. They talked about their experiences of getting more involved with settle and shared their highlights, frustrations and hopes for the year ahead. It was a really inspiring conversation that resonated widely with colleagues. You can see the highlights here!
Previous Member Spotlights
November 2023 - Flagship Group
Sept / Oct 2023 - Hinckley and Bosworth Council
August 2023 - Tenants Hub CIC
June / July 2023 - Dovecotes TMO
May 2023 - Stockport Homes
April 2023 - TPTracker
March 2023 - Metropolitan Thames Valley
February 2023 - West Kent
January 2023 - Fairhive
December 2022 - Platform Housing Group
November 2022 - Integrated Solutions - City Plumbing
September / October 2022 - Homes Plus
August 2022 - Aspire
May 2022 - Arches
April 2022 - Acis Group
March 2022 - wdh
February 2022 - Michael Dyson Associates Ltd
January 2022 - South Yorkshire HA
December 2021 - Gateshead Council
November 2021 - LiveWest
October 2021 - YMCA Thames Gateway
September 2021 - Bernicia
August 2021 - Anglian Building Products
July 2021 - Warrington HA
June 2021 - Futr
May 2021 - Vale of Aylesbury HT
April 2021 - Aaron Services
March 2021 - Soha
February 2021 - North West Leicestershire DC
January 2021 - Vinci Facllities
December 2020 - Ongo
November 2020 - Places for People
October 2020 - Community Gateway Association
September 2020 - Dacorum BC
August 2020 - Eastend Homes
July 2020 - Connexus
June 2020 - Gridizen
May 2020 - Grand Union Housing Group
March / April 2020 - Onward Homes
January / February 2020 - Estuary HA
December 2019 - Muir Group
November 2019 - Blackpool Coastal Homes
October 2019 - Texthelp
September 2019 - Greatwell Homes
August 2019 - Selby DC
July 2019 - North Star Housing Group
June 2019 - Rotherham MBC
May 2019 - Homes for Haringey
I'd like to be in the spotlight
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Why choose Tpas?
We've been promoting, supporting and championing tenant involvement and empowerment across England for over three decades
Not for profit
Investing in Tpas means benefitting from the latest tenant involvement policies and practices but also securing and supporting the future of the tenant involvement agenda
We offer the only independent evidence-based accreditation scheme that assesses resident involvement arrangements.
Our shared knowledge, expertise and experience with staff, tenants, landlord and contractors are the building blocks of this organisation.
Find out more?
For more information please contact our dedicated membership team
Membership and Events Co-ordinator
Telephone: 0161 868 3500
Head of Membership Services
Telephone: 0161 868 3500