Highland Council housing staff been selected to work with the national Tenant Participation Advisory Service thanks to their efforts in tenant engagement.
The staff will work on the Scottish Government’s Next Steps Programme which gives supports landlords and tenants to develop their tenant participation strategy .
Members of the council’s Care, Learning and Housing Committee welcomed the recognition and commended the team’s work.
Vice chairman councillor John Finlayson said: “Twenty four tenant and resident groups are being supported across the Highlands and it is welcome news that four more tenant groups are being helped to set themselves up.
“I am pleased to see that Senior Safe Highland events – aimed at older tenants and residents – attracted 160 people in Dingwall, Fort William and Kingussie; other similar events are planned for Skye and Lochalsh next spring and Inverness in February.”
High Life Highland and the Criminal Justice Service in Caithness have been working with young people, creating Junior Warden Schemes and a Youth Independence Project.
The tenant participation team will expand this youth engagement to other parts of the Highlands next year.
Tenant forums have been successfully created in Caithness, Sutherland, East Ross and Inverness and are planned for Lochaber, Mid and West Ross, Nairn, Badenoch and Strasthspey and Skye and Lochalsh.