Anyone can set up a tenant and residents group (TARA) to get neighbours involved and working together for the benefit of the community. TARAs have been proven to improve relationships, reduce anti-social behaviour and create a happier, safer, and more peaceful environment.
We will help you get things moving, but first speak to your neighbours to see if others in your community will support you and join in. Ask them what they’d like to see improved in the area, and if they’d be prepared to help to make a difference.
We will help you to arrange a meeting in your community and help you advertise it in the press, local shops, schools etc. Your local Tenant Network Resource Centre will have facilities to help you in making posters and sorting leaflets for you to distribute.
At the meeting
You will need to elect a committee comprising of a Chair/Chairperson; Secretary and treasurer. You can also elect a vice-chair and also have people to undertake fund raising and organise social events.
A constitution needs to be agreed (this is a written document which sets out the principles and roles of the association, and what it can and cannot do) at an open meeting when arrangements should also be made to set up a bank account.
We will help you get full training and support to develop your skills to keep the association going.
There are small grants available to get you started. There is a start-up grant of up to £250 (£100 for tenants at sheltered schemes).
You could then apply for a grant every year, following your annual general meeting.
Let us know if you need further information.