What does a residents’ association do?

25 06 2011

What does a residents’ association do? This question was asked at the recent meeting at the hospital club.

According to Jean Coates, Chair Selden Residents Association, Selhurst:

“A Residents’ Association is a local group, made up of local residents … who represent the interests of everyone living in a particular area… They aim to work together to represent the views of …[residents] … in their area to help make their neighbourhood a better place to live.  The Residents’ Association plays a … part in dealing with problems that people come up against, as well as organising things like social events.  Residents’ Associations are set up for everyone to join. Membership is open to all local residents.”

This suggests that the activities undertaken by the residents’ association include the following:

  1. Social – an important aspect of  making the community a better place to live is providing additional opportunities for us to get together, make our area the feel like a village, and help foster a sense of community.
  2. Campaigning– representing local views, in a non-political way, on issues that affect residents in the area. It was campaigning on a single (planning) issue that led to the formation of Pogmoorara.
  3. Projects – for instance, getting together to improve the physical environment.
  4. Fundraising – hopefully, in our case this will include acquiring grants from funding bodies as well as raising money through the events we hold.
Ardsley Residents Association is a good example of what a residents’ association can achieve.  A visit to its website shows that it is a frequent winner of local awards.  Here are some examples of the activities undertaken by the Ardsley Association: 
Social
Garden competition
Christmas Dinner
Computer club for beginners
Campaigning
Pacer’s Field – the issue that led to the formation of the association
Projects
Ardsley in bloom
Pacer’s Field ( a six-year project)
Internal Projects – Website, newsletter, notice board
Fundraising
Sponsored trees in Pacer’s Field
Donations to projects
Sale of Xmas cards
The Ardsley website shows some of the types of activity that a residents’ association can pursue. Over the coming months, the range of activities undertaken by Pogmoorara will grow as the contribution made by a residents’ association becomes clearer to us all.
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Setting up the Pogmoor Area Residents’ Association: councillors’ views

7 05 2011

The Pogmoor area community maps onto two electoral wards: Old Town and Darton West.  We contacted the six councillors who represent these two wards to request their views on setting up a residents’ association for the community.

Here are their responses:

Darton West

Cllr Linda Burgess recorded a short interview.  You can view it here.

Cllr Sharon Howard: “I would certainly give my support to your residents group.  The 3 Darton West councillors have helped to form a number of community groups in our ward. They have offer a real sense of community and also act as a strong voice for that community.”

Cllr Alice Cave: “I would be pleased to help you in any way I can. Community Groups are a really good way of networking and supporting each other.”

Dodworth

Cllr Jack Carr: “The people of Pogmoor have always had a good community spirit, the Residents  Association  I am sure will help to mould this Community spirit even more. I would like to wish the residents association the best of luck in this endevavour. I along with my two colleagues support a number of community groups within our Dodworth Ward, and attend meetings for, and with them. If you require help in the future please do not hesitate to contact me, you have my full and continued support.”

Old Town

Cllr Bill Gaunt recorded a short interview.  You can view it here.

Cllr Penny Lofts: “I was unable to hear CLLR Burgess’ video link but I do feel it is a brilliant idea setting up a resients association.You will not only be able to fight local problems from an organised stance but build on a community spirit.The community is already there but perhaps previously in a more fragmented form-little pockets thinking they are on their own.The plus side is with a properly formed association with a constitution you can access funding which would otherwise be unavailable.”

Cllr Anita Cherryholme: “I think that the residents association is an excellent idea. Setting up this association will strengthen the community and help tackle local issues and concerns. It will also provide a voice to the residents of Pogmoor. I will certainly pledge my support and active involvement.”