For a community and Residents' Association to be recognised by us, it has to fulfill certain conditions to ensure that it's democratic and representative of the community.

This should include:

  • holding an inaugural public meeting where all residents are invited
  • writing and adopting a community group constitution
  • adopting our equal opportunities policy
  • holding an annual general meeting to which all members are invited
  • electing a committee
  • having council tenants who live in the area

Residents' and community associations are encouraged to adopt a committee structure where members are nominated for key posts such as chair, secretary and treasurer. A number of 'ordinary members' can also be elected, depending on the constitution.

Support for Resident and Community Associations

We'll help you through each step of setting up and establishing a community or Residents' Association. We'll also support you to find training and address issues that reflect the needs of residents in your local area.

A support grant is available to each recognised Association to help with costs such as meeting room hire, newsletters and stationery; contact our Communities and Equalities team for more information.

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