Our resident involvement and community development programme is all about empowering and supporting you.
By doing this we hope to help you develop your skills and confidence to influence the services we offer, increase your chances of entering education, training or employment and help create thriving communities.
To make it easier for you to get involved we can help with reasonable childcare / carer costs and travelling expenses.
For more information on any of the activities please speak to our resident involvement team on 01903 703 198 or send them an email.
Below you will find the many different ways you can become involved!
IT skills training
If you would like help to get online then these sessions can help you!
Held every Wednesday in our resource centre, the training covers everything from setting up an email address and using social media such as Facebook to filling out forms and banking online.
The sessions are held in small groups but you can also arrange 1-to-1 tuition.
Our Sure Futures programme is a scheme which offers residents, who have been unemployed for some time, have become benefit dependent or are affected by the benefit cap, universal credit or the bedroom tax, the opportunity to overcome fears and / or barriers that are preventing them from entering the world of work.
The course, run for us by a fully qualified tutor with 16 years’ experience from a range of local education providers, is an intensive one day a week eight week course which covers:
- Job roles, requirements, searches & applying
- Vocabulary & terminology
- CVs and covering letters
- IT skills including your digital footprint
- Interview formats & questions
- Role play Interview
We also work in conjunction with NorthBrook College who offer a range of courses in work related subjects, such as business and administration and customer services, and we actively encourage you to sign up for a course as an addition to your learning with us.
The Worth Award was set up specifically to help support local people realise their ambitions.
It offers funding for individuals who wish to improve their life chances by attending further or higher education, or to start up a new business.
To apply for funding please complete The Worth Award application form.
Neighbourhood fund grants
Worthing Homes are interested in supporting community groups to benefit local communities and neighbourhoods and will help any community project which will benefit Worthing Homes’ residents.
The fund will be a maximum of £500 per application (1 application only per 12 month rolling period). Worthing Homes may also be able to offer support ‘in kind’, this might include:
- Staff time
- Promotion of events in public areas and through our magazine
- Accommodation for meetings
- Sitting on committees and working groups
To apply you must complete the Neighbourhood Fund form. Each application must benefit Worthing Homes residents by meeting one or more of the following categories:
- Help new formed groups
- Improving neighbourhoods and communities
- Improving health and well-being
Your application will be considered by the Worthing Homes Residents’ Panel and every idea will be seriously considered.
In return, we ask that each grant recipient write a short (200 words) report accompanied with two or three pictures as Worthing Homes may publicise projects.
Our panel meet bi-monthly to contribute to the development of best practice, performance and continuous improvement of Worthing Homes, as well as be consulted on any service changes.
The panel now also commission scrutiny of our services and performance, involving other residents who are not members of the panel but who have an interest in the service area that is being scrutinised.
Sheltered housing forum
The sheltered housing forum meet quarterly to discuss the work we do and any issues within our sheltered schemes.
It also provides an opportunity to meet new people thereby helping to tackle feelings of isolation.
You could help make a difference to the area you live in by becoming a resident representative, helping to address local issues
Resident approved stamp group
We have a group who read through, feedback and award the ‘stamp’ to all literature that we produce; this is your assurance that literature has been reviewed, by a number of residents, to ensure it is clear and easy to understand.
As a researcher you will voluntarily seek the views of other residents, often working alongside the residents’ panel to improve performance, you would be carrying out telephone surveys to find out the views on our services from other residents.
To ensure we are improving efficiency, value for money and performance when purchasing goods or services we include residents on our tendering panel.
From helping children to learn, interact and play or providing support and a listening ear volunteering at the Community House provides you with the opportunity to make a difference to people of all ages’ lives, including your own.