ValerieResident at Catherine Baird Court, Balham London
I moved into my sheltered housing scheme, in October 2007. I was still working then, but retired at the end of May 2009. Since then I have become interested in issues that relate to older people. I am Chair of the Residents’ Association, and Deputy Chair of Wandsworth Older People’s Forum.
Why I got involved in the R2R Panel:
I volunteered to take part in the Scrutiny Panel to look at the housing schemes across the South of the country. We had an induction session and it was good to meet up with members who would be looking at the schemes in the North.
Our first Inspection:
Was at Victoria Court. I found this very interesting as it is a very different scheme from the one I live in. We met tenants and got their views and with this information we compiled our individual reports that were combined with the north R2R panel and submitted to Board. We are learning as we are going along and have been given some training. I have enjoyed this and it’s good to see other schemes and meet the people living in them.