We want you to review our service standards and performance to ensure the services we provide are of the highest quality.
Working together with our tenants is an essential part of our vision and values and is at the heart of the work our staff do. The Scottish Social Housing Charter sets out the outcomes we should be achieving for tenants and makes tenant participation a key part of how we monitor our service standards and performance
We believe your knowledge and experience of the services we provide is the best way for us to learn and improve. It involves sharing information, respecting different views and perspectives, problem solving and working together.
We have achieved Silver Tenant Participation Advisory Service Scotland (TPAS) accreditation which demonstrates our focus on involving our tenants in the organisation’s activities and decision making process.
We want to create a culture of mutual trust, respect and partnership, so that your involvement produces clear benefits for tenants, staff and West Highland.
We are keen to give tenants and owners every opportunity to participate in:
- How we are managed
- How policies and services are developed
- Providing feedback on services we provide to you
Whether you are interested in being an armchair critic or becoming a Board Member, we would love to hear from you.
Ways to get involved
- Board Members
The Board is responsible for the Governance and wellbeing of West Highland.
Board members take on the role of Voluntary Non-Executive Directors - this means they are responsible for overseeing and ensuring the financial integrity of West Highland as well as approving policies and setting the strategy and direction.
You will be expected to spend up to two hours reading and preparing before any meetings.
Annual time commitment - Attend up to 10 Board meetings a year, meetings usually take place on a Friday morning and last up to three hours.
- Tenant Scrutiny Panel
The Tenant Scrutiny Panel is an independent tenant led group set up to monitor the performance of the landlord in service provision and governance.
This is a formal role to assess and influence performance, service delivery, decision making and behaviour of the landlord. The panel will be a key part of our self-regulatory framework established to be a means of external challenge to a landlord’s delivery of housing services.
You will be expected to attend no more than four meetings a year at our office. You will also be expected to prepare and read reports prior to meetings and will require you to review and interpret performance information.
Annual time commitment - 20 to 25 hours a year
- Focus Groups
Focus groups contribute to either the early development of new operational policies or take a more in-depth look at specific service issues to help us improve and tailor our services.
You will be asked to attend no more than three meetings a year at our office or a local island venue. You may also have to do some reading and preparation prior to focus groups.
Annual time commitment - 10 to 15 hours a year
- Armchair Critic
Armchair critics help provide real time information about our service delivery.
You will be asked to complete short online or paper questionnaires (no more than three times a year) or asked to make comment on the final draft of operational policies.
We would feedback to you any actions that have been raised from any comments you provided.
Annual time commitment - less than five hours
- Walk & Talk
An opportunity to walk your street, close or development with our Estates Staff.
This provides you an opportunity to see the sort of proactive work we undertake managing our developments and give you an opportunity to bring any issues or concerns to our attention.
Annual time commitment - No more than an hour, twice a year