The next African Housing Forum meeting will be on 14 November at 5.30pm at the Wheatley House, 25 Cochrane St, Glasgow G1 1HL.
The Forum aims to build community relations and trust between African tenants/communities and the Wheatley Group; it involves African tenants in solving the everyday issues that affect them through their housing journey within Wheatley.
The Forum also enables Wheatley Group African residents to enhance their skills, competence and quality of life via an Internship Programme; opening doors to jobs and many other opportunities.
In September 2014, for instance, Jean Albert Nietcho was appointed to the GHA Board after being involved in the African Housing Forum. Note that, GHA is part of Wheatley Group, Scotland’s leading housing, care and property-management organisation.
Jean Albert, the first African to sit on the GHA Board, invites tenants to talk to GHA or their social landlord and get involved with the community engagement activities such as the African Housing Forum.
“The Forum is a platform that allows African tenants to have their voice heard and influence GHA, and it helps GHA consider African tenants’ points of view too,” Jean Albert said.
The Forum also involves research, consultation and participation of the whole range of stakeholders; “the Forum is a place of opportunities,” a member stated after the last meeting on 12 September.
Graham from the Prince Trust was one of the speakers at the last forum. He came to present their start-up business support and grants as well as volunteering opportunities to help vulnerable young people get their lives on track.
Some issues such as start-up business support and difficulty for African to secure premises for their business have recently been raised and will be on the agenda for the coming meetings.
To find out more about the African Housing Forum objectives and achievements, browse on http://www.nextstepinitiative.org.uk/african-housing-forum-scotland/.