Our residents are at the heart of everything we do. We give you the opportunity to have your say and we listen to what you tell us.
We want to make this as easy as possible for you. That's why we've made sure there are lots of different ways you can give us your views. You can join one of our focus groups or sign up to take part in an online campaign that interests you. Have a look through the options below to see what suits you best.
Our Resident Engagement service has lots of digital ways that you can give us your views at the click of a button, any time, from any place.
You can be part of it on Facebook, Twitter, via our website, by email or through our online surveys.
We run online campaigns about a range of different topics, from maintenance and communication, to anti-social behaviour and financial support. Just sign up using the form below to tell us what you think we do well in these areas and what we could do better in future!
Why not get involved in one of our current or upcoming campaigns?
They’re great opportunities for you to give us your views on our services through online surveys, Facebook, email, or Twitter. We'll also have the occasional focus group or meeting which you can opt into.
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the form at the bottom of the page.
Countrywide Grounds Maintenance Group
Made up of residents, our staff and Countrywide representatives, this group meets quarterly to assess the performance and management of our grounds maintenance contract to make the green spaces in our neighbourhoods are tidy and well looked after.
Our panel of resident assessors look at funding applications via an online platform called ‘workshare’. E-panel members complete assessments and provide comments and recommendations on funding applications.
Tone of Voice
Our group of more than 70 residents work with us to improve the way we communicate with our residents.
Task & Finish Groups
Keep an eye on our website and social media for opportunities to take part in projects looking at particular services or areas.
If you’d like to know more about any of these opportunities, email: email@example.com.
Coming together with DCH
To find out more about this click here.
Your Grounds Maintenance Service - April to July 2017
This campaign was carried out in response to our Service Charge and Value for Money campaign where residents told us that they were unsatisfied with the value for money provided by our grounds maintenance contract. The results of the campaign will be used to inform the service specification for the re-procurement of our grounds maintenance contracts in 2018.
The link to the online survey was included in an email sent to 1266 residents who pay for a grounds maintenance service and have shared their email address with us, generating an 8.2% return, well within the industry standard of between 5 and 10%. We also received 38 completed paper surveys and 49 completed easy read surveys from residents who live in schemes designated for residents with learning difficulties.
When asked how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with the grounds maintenance service currently provided by the contractor, 52% of you were very or fairly satisfied, 14% neither satisfied or dissatisfied and 34% were either fairly or very dissatisfied.
When asked if there is anything else that you would like to see covered/done by the contractor on each visit 75 (45%) said yes, 90 (55%) said no. When asked what extra they would like done 34 (38%) said that they would like to contractor to do what is covered in the contract or do it better.
Other comments included: "would like the contractor to improve the look of where they live by looking after borders and planting flowers"; "to clean up better after they have finished"; "would like paved areas looked after better and cleaned".
June 2017 - Defects update
From February to May 2017 we explored your experience of living in our new build homes. We looked at the reality of the defects service for our customers to help us see where we needed to improve. We heard from 136 customers and your comments helped us to recognise the purpose of the service from a customer perspective. You want a property with minimum defects, and when there is a defect for us to get it sorted and keep you informed.
You told us it was important to you to have a well-designed, good quality home. You want to know your move in date, know how your property works, understand what a defect is and know when it is sorted.
We are currently implementing changes to ensure the redesigned service takes these factors into consideration.
If you have any questions about any of the above, please get in touch using the form below.
April 2017 - Antisocial behaviour policy
In April we emailed a sample of around 950 residents, asking for their views to help shape our new antisocial behaviour policy. We want to encourage residents to report ASB via our website and 78% agreed this was a good idea, comments included "can make it more convenient" and "it will be easier for those to report who feel intimidated".
Of course we realise that not all of our residents have access to the internet and will prefer to continue to contact us by telephone, comments about this included "we want to talk to a person not a pc" and "it needs to be completely personal and safe".
We asked how we could make sure residents are clear what they are responsible for and what we will deal with, replies included in writing, flyers on noticeboards and guidance on our website. We need to ensure that our residents understand what we will and won't deal with and gave examples of where we want to empower residents to resolve issues themselves - 82% of residents felt these examples were clear.
We will update you on the next steps by the end of July.
February 2017 - Service charges
Between June and September 2016, Voluntas surveyed 567 of our residents as part of our STAR Survey. We contacted a sample of those residents who told us that they were either fairly or very dissatisfied that their service charges provide value for money. The sample was based on those who actually pay a service charge and are still living in one of our properties, a total of 64 residents.
Responses told us the majority of dissatisfaction was around service charges paid for grounds maintenance. The contract for the grounds maintenance service is up for renewal next year, so we are now asking for residents' feedback on the current contractors performance. Click here to tell us what you think.
October 2016 – Where you live
As part of an ongoing project looking at Tenancy & Estate Management, more than 240 of our residents took part in a short survey asking what they thought about their home, and about Knightstone.
Over 50% of residents described where they live as really great or great, and 70% would recommend Knightstone to a friend. When asked to list what was important to residents the top 3 were location, peace & quiet and safety.
April 2016 – Our service review
Earlier this year, our team underwent a service review. The aim was to refocus our activities on digital in order to make our resident contact more instant and reach residents we haven’t engaged with before.
You can find out more about the service review here.
March 2016 – Missed repairs appointment survey
Missed appointments are a real pain. We record around 350 missed appointments every month, for repairs, new kitchens and bathrooms, and other really important work that we must do to keep you and your families safe.
More than 400 of our residents responded to our survey. Check out the results here.
February 2016 – Website focus group
Our residents worked with our web developers to improve the navigation of our website. We used sophisticated eye-tracking software to track how most people moved around the site. This helped our developers understand which areas of the website were most popular and useful for our residents.
If you're interested in any of our opportunities, please get in touch by filling in the form below.