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Residents' Associations

What is a Residents’ Association?

A Residents’ Association (RA) is a group of people from a specific area who come together to address local issues and represent their community. They need to follow specific rules to ensure they are including all residents of a particular block/area in decision making. They can then act as a voice for their block when bringing issues to ISHA and undertake projects to improve their community.

What are the benefits of starting a Residents’ Association?

There are a number of benefits of starting a Residents’ Association:

  • Having more influence in getting things done around your estate;
  • Meeting more people from your estate and building community spirit;
  • Having the right to be consulted when major projects are being undertaken regarding that estate/area.

How to form a Residents’ Association

  1. Get a group of customers together from your estate/block and contact ISHA’s Customer Insight Manager for advice
  2. Communicate your intentions to all residents at your estate/block (ideally by door knocking, but it can also be by handing out leaflets)
  3. Organise an initial meeting for all residents in your area
  4. Establish a steering group which will formally agree to form an RA
  5. Hold a launch meeting where you elect a committee to govern the RA and decide on a constitution
  6. Set up a bank account so that you can receive funding from ISHA
  7. Request that ISHA formally recognises your RA, at which point you can receive annual funding to help run the association.

How will ISHA help?

If you contact ISHA for assistance in setting up/running an RA, we can:

  • Advise you on how to get started;
  • Help you with printing leaflets/posters;
  • Assist you in organising your initial meeting;
  • Help you draw up a constitution and set up a bank account;
  • Provide ongoing support as required.

As long as your RA has an adequate constitution which is followed and an open bank account, ISHA will provide £100 to help set up the RA and £50 per year to help run the RA. The association will then need to annually demonstrate to ISHA how the funds have been spent.


Contact our Customer Services Team at or 0300 131 7300 to get started.

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