Community-minded tenants and local professionals have joined forces to create a new committee to help shape the future of housing services across Daventry.
Following the creation of a new, single board for Futures Housing Group - which includes Daventry & District Housing (DDH) – an insight committee has been recruited to have a watching brief over customer experiences.
With experts warning that the East Midlands region needs to build 4,100 affordable homes per year to keep pace with demand, the group will provide insight into where new homes are needed and what community services will make the most difference to the lives of those living and working in Daventry.
A recruitment campaign saw a number of existing DDH board members continue their role with the organisation with tenant David Leathley becoming chair of the insight committee. Mr Leathley said: “We are facing a time of significant change in the housing sector and, as a group, we have been quick to respond to this change in our overall structure.
“While it is important to face these changes at group level it is also vital that we deal with these challenges and opportunities at a local level. In order to achieve this important role the Customer Insight Committee has been developed to support the board while concentrating on local issues.”
Among the members are a qualified accountant, a councillor, a lawyer and an occupational therapist. The committee’s remit will include advising on where local development is needed and proposing community projects for investment.
Lynn Aston, assistant director at DDH, said: “I am delighted that we have such a strong committee in place whose members are prepared to use their time and skills to improve the lives of others in Daventry.”
DDH customers or local professionals interested in getting involved can call 0300 456 2531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.