In each edition, we talk to a tenant
volunteer to find out what they do in
their community. This time we talk to
Simon who is the Chair of the Queensway
Community Group, a member of
Community Voice, and part of our pool of
I was living in supported accommodation for a year
before I got my home at Queensway. I already knew of
and did some work in the community before through a
friend. As soon as I moved in last year though, I wanted to
step up and do even more.
A lot of amazing work has already taken place in the last
year such as bollards being put in to stop people parking on
the grass right next to the flats. It was very humbling to be
voted in as the Chair of our community group earlier this
year. Everybody has pulled together to achieve great things
like the new washers and dryers being installed, and the
neighbourhood pride day in September.
We have a big say in what happens in our community and
we can make a real difference. You can feel the community
spirit of everybody getting involved, and we're all
pulling towards the same aim of making our futures,
communities and the services provided to us the
very best they can be.
My communication, confidence and connections I've made
has significantly improved as a result of being part of the
three different groups - so much so that I have recently
secured a part-time job. I don't think this would have been
possible without everything I've learnt from my work in the
community. It really has helped to change my life around in
the last two years.
I'm only 25 but the mix of younger and older generations,
the learning from each other, the friends you make along
the way - it's inspiring. It's also the feeling part of making a
difference, and the satisfaction of improving not just yours
but other tenants' lives.
That's what makes it all worthwhile.
What are your major goals in life? To always give
something back to my community, to my family, and
What country do you most want to travel to? America.
I've already been as a child, teenager, and an adult, but
it's a different experience each time and there's so much
Who is the most famous person you've met? Brian May
from the band Queen. It was back in 2013 when I went
to a show in London, and his wife was an actress in
the production. I managed to speak to him and get an
autograph for my Mum - it's something I'll never forget.
To find out more, email
firstname.lastname@example.org or check
out the 'Tenant Involvement'
section of our website