In each edition, we talk to a tenant
volunteer to find out what they
do in their community. This time
we talk to Colin on how he first
became involved, what he's learnt,
and the opportunities available.
I moved into my Ongo home just over six
years ago. It never really crossed my mind to get
involved but, around three years ago, I got into a
discussion with Chief Exec Steve on Facebook. He
mentioned that my thoughts would be beneficial
for our main tenant group Community Voice.
I wasn't too sure at first but, the more I thought
about it, the more I realised that I do want to
make a difference and have a say. I was working
at the time, but not for one minute did I see
that as a barrier to making a difference to the
community, and to help influence and shape
the services provided to us tenants.
Since then I have become involved with
five groups - simply put, what we do matters.
We really can have such a huge impact.
For example, working on the Resident
Scrutiny Panel allows us to review a certain
area of Ongo, and then make recommendations
for change that are taken to Community Voice
level. Being a Tenant Inspector allows us to
make sure our estates and environment are ones
that are safe and that we can be proud to live in.
The opportunities are there for us to make the
We're looking for more people to get involved,
especially young people. It's all a learning
process and one that has come so far in a short
space of time, but you could help make it even
Get involved, make a difference,
and let's help shape our future.
If you could wish for anything that would come true,
what would it be? I'd love to win the Lottery, and to be able
to help my daughter (29) and son (32).
What is the social media platform that you use the most?
I use Facebook all the time and Twitter quite often too - I
love the immediacy of both.
If you had the world's attention for 30 seconds, what
would you say? Be at peace. Listen and accept one another
regardless of race, religion, age and everything else.
Equality is key.
Colin (right) deep in discussion at the
Tpas Regional Conference in February To find out more, email
ongo.co.uk or check out the
'Tenant Involvement' section
of our website ongo.co.uk