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.