"Just like to say thank you to Fay Jackson and all the Social Investment Team at Trafford Housing Trust for looking after me today and providing my induction training for the Virtual Committee. It was great to meet up with some familiar faces again, as well as getting to know everyone involved, finally putting faces to the names. Looking forward to working with you all!" - Sue
On the 13th October, our newly appointed Virtual Committee members and our established Community Mentors came to Sale Point for a welcome induction and update.
To begin the day, Fay Jackson (Social Investment Manager) outlined Trafford Housing Trust's 12 year history of investing in communities and went on to detail the new model to exemplify how all involved, including the Virtual Committee and Community Mentors, work together toward the goal of improving lives in Trafford. It was clear that local knowledge, connections and a commitment to local neighbourhoods are regarded in high value which is where these two groups fit in.
The Virtual Committee and Community Mentors were then introduced to Steve Hughes, the Chairman of the Social Investment Board. Steve emphasised the importance of communication between the Board and the Community Mentors and Virtual Committee as both groups are made up of local people who know the realities of the different areas of Trafford. This was of particular importance to the Community Mentors as they spend time with people who are looking for support from our Social Investment service. Both the Virtual Committee and Community Mentors have a valuable insight into the local community which the Board do not want to lose sight of.
After lunch, the Community Mentors began to make plans for our 'Social Investment Roadshow' where we will be visiting different areas of Trafford to extend our reach in the community, let people know we are here and that we are here to help.
The Virtual Committee were introduced in detail to their role of scoring applications. They discussed what makes a good application and what to look out for when scoring individual applications.
In closing, Jonathan Baker, one of our Capacity Builders, took everyone through a Priorities and Outcomes workshop with the aim of assessing the need in Trafford and which kind of things our funding would likely support.
You can find out more about our Virtual Committee Members and Community Mentors below.