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All ages are welcome

in your community New volunteers are wanted to work with Watford Community Housing Trust. We are recruiting people from all ages and backgrounds

Do you: Care about your community? The Community Empowerment Team

• Internet connection and laptop provided • Expenses paid • Meet new people

Want to learn new skills? Want to make a difference to your neighbourhood?

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“Are you good at listening and communicating ideas and views?”

As a community organisation, we don’t just provide a roof over your head. Our role includes: •G  iving residents a better quality of life by investing hundreds of thousands of pounds in community projects. •C  arrying out major improvement works to estates around Watford and Three Rivers. •W  orking with other organisations to offer services such as employment and money advice. We are looking for residents to get involved with the Trust and join our new Gateway Committee, so we can make these important decisions together.

Who are we looking for? If you are the sort of person who can work with other people to make a difference to your neighbourhood, then getting involved with the Trust is ideal for you! You will be: • Enthusiastic • Good at listening to people • Good at communicating your ideas and views • Able to set aside personal issues • Able to contribute to group discussions All ages and backgrounds are welcome!

What is the Gateway Committee?

The Gateway Co mmittee will be a group of nin e people who will represe nt our tenants, leaseho lders and local residen ts.

“What’s in it for me?” Joining the Gateway Committee is a fantastic opportunity to pick up new skills, while helping to make your neighbourhood a better place. We will: • Provide a laptop and pay for your internet connection

“What else could I do?”

• Pay for other reasonable expenses including travel, childcare costs and even carer’s fees

There are plenty of other ways you can get involved besides our Gateway Committee. You can:

• Support you with a range of training

•J  oin special groups which will look at how we involve our residents, how we communicate with them, and how we look after their homes and neighbourhoods •J  oin forums with our staff and other residents to discuss how our services are working

• Have hands on involvement in how the Trust is run • See the difference you are making to your local community • Get involved in decision making at a £25 million business • Meet new people from all walks of life

Call us on 01923 209183 or email us at communityempowerment@wcht.org.uk

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•T  ake part in ‘mystery shopping’ to monitor our customer service

You will:


Application form Name: Address: Postcode: Telephone:

Mobile:

Email:

Are you a: Trust tenant?

Yes:

Trust leaseholder / shared owner?

No:

Resident in a non-Trust property? (ie an owner occupier or renting from a different landlord)

Yes:

No:

Yes:

No:

(Please note that if you are not living in one of our homes you are still welcome to apply)

Tell us a bit about yourself – who you are! Feel free to provide your response on a separate sheet

Describe any skills or qualities you have that could be useful to the Gateway Committee. Feel free to provide your response on a separate sheet

Do you have any practical examples of work that you have undertaken through your involvement in the community (or in your career / work life) that you could bring to the Gateway Committee? Feel free to provide your response on a separate sheet

Please return the application form to us in the Freepost envelope provided by Monday 27 February. Would you prefer to complete and send this form to us online? Go to www.wcht.org.uk/joinin

We look forward to hearing from you!


What people “ The Trust arranged for me to go on a two day course at Trafford Hall near Chester which was fantastic. I have come away with a great drive and enthusiasm to set up a small group very local to where I live so that I can share my interest and enthusiasm with other local people who have a desire to do something creative.”

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Karen Ashworth

Dan Holden

“We have lots of resources and help that we can offer people and are always happy to chat. We are really looking forward to working with and meeting new people living in our communities!” The Community Empowerment Team, Watford Community Housing Trust

Gateway House, 59 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17 1LA

Call Customer Services on 01923 209000 Email us - enquiries@wcht.org.uk

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“ Being part of the Gateway Committee means making decisions and forward planning for the benefits of tenants and residents. It’s a good opportunity to be involved with a well structured and organised housing association. My advice to anybody who has the time and commitment to be involved is to get in contact with the Trust! ”


Volunteers wanted! Recruiting for the Gateway