My name is George Pickering. I am proud to be Chair of the Tenant Volunteers working with Berwickshire Housing Association since 2008 to help them improve their services to us, their tenants. When we first moved to Eyemouth ten years ago, like so many people new to a community I wanted to get involved and help make a difference where I lived.
I first got involved in the parent council at Eyemouth High School. Then in 2008 I received a letter, as did every tenant from the Association, inviting me to come along to the first meeting of what was then called the “Tenants Panel”. I quickly realised that I had the opportunity to be part of a group that would represent all Berwickshire Housing Association tenants. Which offered us the chance, by working closely with Association Staff, to make a real and meaningful difference to our homes, our communities and the lives of everyone in Berwickshire.
So it is now nearly 10 years since the first meeting and we are now called the “Tenant Volunteers”. As chair of the Tenant Volunteers I can look back with pride at all we have achieved together. And we are all looking forward to celebrating our 10th Anniversary in 2018.
It has been very interesting working with my fellow Tenant Volunteers and the Association Staff. Over the last 10 years we have been involved in:
- Assessing the Associations policies and made meaningful changes
- Met with other tenants to ensure their views are also heard
- Provided feedback to our communities
- Help re-invest in local schools, groups and project
Members have come and gone over the years, which is only natural as circumstances change, but each volunteer has contributed to our work. We are always looking for and encouraging new faces to come along and join our group. We need people with difference views and opinions so we can do the best job possible in representing the interests of our fellow tenants. We meet on the last Monday of each month, so if you are interested and want to know about what we do as Tenant Volunteers, then why not come along for a chat and a cuppa.