Having been a Belgrave tenant member for six years,I have watched the Co-op grow and seen some of the difficulties it has faced. I decided to do my bit to help last year, when I joined the management committee.
I became Chair of Belgrave Neighbourhood Community Housing Association (BNCHA) in October – the first woman elected to that role. We also have our first female Secretary and, for the first time, we have a majority female committee.
My vision is to give priority to our tenants, so you can have more say in how we take our co-op forward. I don’t see us as a group of tenants – I see us as a large extended family.
As a family, our first responsibility should be to care for each other.
I believe passionately, with all my heart and soul, that we can improve our tenants’ lives. I have made a personal pledge to not just improve the homes you live in but also help improve your wellbeing.
I became a tenant of BNCHA not knowing that this was a fully mutual cooperative housing association, and what it meant, and was also confused about whether BNCHA or PA (the managing agent/service provider at that time) were my landlord.
Later, I was encouraged by others to become a member of the management committee, at the following AGM, so that the co-op would benefit from my knowledge, skills, experience and, most importantly, caring-ness for the tenants.
After having become a member of the management committee, and with the training we receive regards our role as committee members, I came to know all about this housing co-op, what it is, how it operates, etc, and of it’s relationship with the managing agent/service provider (who is currently the Pinnacle Group) – as the committee works in partnership with the service provider (who provides all the services BNCHA require) to get the co-op’s objectives met.
The main thing learnt is that BNCHA (our housing co-op) is run and managed by the tenant members who are elected at the AGM by all the tenant members who attend the AGM to represent them in the running of the co-op. This is why it is most important that as many as possible tenant members attend the AGM and elect suitable members to represent them in the management committee.
I would urge the tenants who possess such knowledge, skills and experience that can benefit the co-op in its running, and would like to contribute to the welfare and well-being of the tenants, to consider putting themselves forward for becoming a committee member at the next AGM to work towards making this a co-op to be proud of.
I joined the committee to try and help all our tenants members supporting them when and if i could.
Also hopefully to work with the rest of the committee members so we have a stronger committee with us all working together as at team.
With hard work and tenants’ support, I am certain we can make your lives easier and more comfortable, make our homes safer and our co-op one to be proud of.
Hi I’m Mina, I have recently joined BNCHA and am happy to be working for this Co-op and can see the determination and commitment the Committee have to make improvements for their tenants. I aim to provide the best possible service to everyone in the committee and the community. I am looking forward to meeting the tenants of this Co-op.
Please report all repairs and concerns directly to your housing team on 0333 600 2500
However if you would like to talk with the BNCHA Administration Officer or Chair please call
0116 20 50 888