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Ten years a Treasurer

Ten years a Treasurer

Tenants’ and Residents’ Associations (TARAs) are groups of local people who have an active role in improving their local community. Being part of a TARA can be a great way to increase your sense of belonging and pride in your community, whilst providing the perfect opportunity to meet your neighbours and make new friends.

Sylvia Asquith was a Treasurer for ten years for St. Edmund’s TARA, St. Edmund’s is a scheme of independent flats in Castleford. After bringing years of experience, commitment and joy to the Association, Sylvia recently decided to step down after being the committee’s Treasurer since things began in July 2007.


Leaving with a number of achievements under her belt, Sylvia will be greatly missed after her years spent organising community outings and Christmas dinners for the committee to name a few of her commitments.  

At St. Edmunds TARA Annual General Meeting on Thursday 18th January, Resident Engagement Officer Melissa Tan and residents from St. Edmunds Close, Birkhill and other local areas were proud to present Sylvia with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you for her hard work and dedication. Melissa says “It was lovely to be able to present the flowers on behalf of the group. Sylvia has worked so hard to help organise the trips and keep the books in order. These groups are a great way for members of an estate and/or community to get together and socialise.”

After presenting Sylvia with her beautiful flowers all other committee members stepped down and a vote was held to elect new members as Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Trustees and committee members. St. Edmunds TARA will continue to work hard to represent the views of tenants in their area to help make their neighbourhood a better place to live.

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If you’d like to be part of a community group, you should consider some of the fantastic benefits:

  • Social activities to combat isolation and meet new people
  • Working together to raise issues/problems that affect residents
  • Raising funds to use for events, trips, estate etc
  • Formed by local people joining together towards shared aims

It is also important to consider what the aims of the group are and what residents want to achieve. Community groups may choose to focus on fundraising or social activities, or use the group to tackle issues in your area. Does the group want official roles – Chair, Secretary, Treasurer? Or be more informal and just have spokespeople?

If you’d like to set up a community group, Together Housing can help you to get things going. You’ll need five or more residents who would be interested in setting up a Community Group. You can then speak to your Resident Engagement Officer at Together Housing to figure out your next steps.

You can contact your Resident Engagement Officer by joining the Resident Engagement Facebook Group, emailing, or asking Customer Services or your Neighbourhood Officer to put you in contact with them.

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