If it is decided that board members are to be paid, then this will be linked to business benefits, and over some time increased performance and service delivery will result. At the request of the board, external consultants have made recommendations on what they believe would be appropriate for the board.
The most important aspect of this, of course, is consultation with our tenants, and a presentation will be made to our tenant representatives, the customer panel, at their next planned meeting on 24 March. But we cannot be complacent, with more voluntary boards turning to pay their members, like NHS trusts for example, we acknowledge that we are likely to have more competition for the services of people who have the skills we need.
We will be seeking to appoint from a wider pool of talented people to ensure that our boards truly represent the community we serve and we will soon be recruiting new members to fill current vacancies. We would welcome applications to become board members from people who have skills appropriate to a social housing business with a turnover of £14 million.
Tonight at 6.30 pm, Ferry View, Evesham will be host to an event billed as a ‘New Year Extravaganza’. With main attractions such as super prize bingo, live entertainment and a grand raffle, the New Year party, for the vale’s sheltered housing residents, is sure to go with a bang. Evesham Sheltered Housing Tenants Association (ESHTA) has organised the party for residents of Rooftop Housing Groups Sheltered Schemes; Charles Close, Simons Way, Ferry View, Bewdley Court, and Meade Court . Rooftop Housing Group has also generously donated the main raffle prize of a weekend break for two people.
The evening is being held to bring together residents of the various sheltered schemes, who rarely, if ever, meet each other, and also the Tenants Association are keen to raise funds for various projects, in particular the Charles Close Community garden.