Don’t miss your chance to have your voice heard.

Our Community Voice group is currently recruiting tenants & leaseholders. Life experience, enthusiasm and a desire to help us deliver the best services we can is more important than qualifications!

Your Community Voice group will be making sure the voices of the community are heard and will help shape, influence and drive forward continuous improvement at MHA.

Hear from one of our Members about their experience of being part of Community Voice: Click here

 

Interested in joining?

Contact Kate Fitzpatrick for an informal chat…

T: 03456 772 277

E: kate.fitzpatrick@monmouthshirehousing.co.uk

Text: “Voice” and your name e.g. Voice Joe Bloggs to 07538 004 004

Your Community Voice Members

Emma Brute

Emma Brute

Chair

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I want to live in a world where people live and work together in a way that benefits everybody, equally. I’m really good at listening. I am interested in hearing people’s stories and experiences. My role as CVC chair is to make sure that the decision makers at MHA hear these stories and have an explicit understanding of people that use MHA services to inform their decisions.

Any spare time I have, I enjoy spending it with my son, walking and exploring. I also love running, it helps me unwind after a busy day.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

To meet new people and connect with people in communities that MHA provide services to.

Favourite local place to visit?

I love Monmouth Town’s iconic gatehouse bridge and its historic connections, alongside the independent stores and restaurants. A very special memory for me was when I played drums at Monmouth Carnival a couple of years ago with a local samba band.

Alistair Clarke

Alistair Clarke

MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born in London in 1947 to Northern Irish parents and lived in New Zealand for more than 60 years (hence my accent). I moved to Wales about 5 years ago and have been a tenant living in Usk for the last 3 years.

As part of my working life, I have been using computers since the 1980s and now often help others who aren’t as tech-savvy. My Christian faith is also important to me.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I enjoy playing an active role in my community and have recently become a Volunteer iConnect Champion (MHA’s digital inclusion project). I am passionate about my community and helping others and thought I would be an ideal candidate for the Community Voice group.

Favourite hobbies/pastimes?

Listening to music and watching sports, I also have a keen interest in aviation and computers.

Tony Crowhurst

Tony Crowhurst

Community Member

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I was born and raised in London and became a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, which perhaps led to my interest in the buildings of yesteryear. My career eventually led me to advocating for improved access for disabled people. Over 15 years ago, I became involved with the Disability Advice Project and I’m still heavily involved now as Chair of the Trustees and Access Officer.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I like to think that the lessons I’ve learnt through paid work & over 30 years of volunteering has given me the experience needed to make a meaningful contribution to the CVC. My greatest interest will be in advocating for disabled and older people but my abilities with numbers will doubtless prove to be of use occasionally.

Favourite hobbies/pastimes?

I have recently restarted playing badminton and I enjoy walking by the coast. There are some great fossils to be found at Ogmore where the time just seems to disappear while gazing into rock pools and the like.

Neville Goward

Neville Goward

MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I retired from the Forces and Electricity Board 24 years so I’ve got my pension contributions back! Now I pass my time as Treasurer for the Caldicot U3A and enjoy visiting welfare applicants and helping them to complete their application requests.

I love playing Bridge and through U3A, enjoy short mat bowls twice a week.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

Living in a sheltered complex I’m very conscious of the barriers that technology brings for the more senior tenant, so being on Community Voice gives me the opportunity to represent the senior viewpoint and ensure that the all-important feedback is given.

Being part of the Community Voice group means we can make a positive impact on those who need it most.

Favourite local place to visit?

Wherever my daughters, grandchildren & great grandchildren are!

Colin Marsh

Colin Marsh

MHA Tenant

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I live in Raglan with my wife. I had a stroke in 2011 whilst working for BAE Systems for 10 years as a computer analyst. Before that I was a Police Sergeant with Kent Police, having worked on Rural Beats, Traffic, Driving Instructor, Section Sergeant, Custody Sergeant and Station Sergeant.

Before that I was in the British Army, as a surveyor (RA), armoured Vehicle Driver / Gunner (Wheeled AFV) Observer (helicopter), Recce Section Commander. Between 1984-2000, I studied extensively with Open University in various subjects including geology & social science.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

Having served on the board of MHA a few years ago, I wanted to continuing representing the tenants of MHA.

Favourite local place to visit?

My favourite place to visit is Langorse Lake.

Mary Morgan

Mary Morgan

MHA Leaseholder

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I first moved to Abergavenny in 1977, we immediately fell in love with this beautiful area so have been delighted to return to live here since 2011. In the intervening time I brought up 3 children, have done some Maths teaching in various countries including Nigeria and Kosovo, qualified in Human Resource (HR) management and did an MBA & worked in HR in UK, India & Nepal as well as lectured HR in the UK.

Currently I’m a Trustee of the local Baptist church and Foodbank and am a keen member of my local tennis club plus I run a gardening club & book club.

Why did you want to be part of CVC?

I am a leaseholder, renting out to tenants. I have really appreciated all MHA does for its tenants and leaseholders and want to help ensure that the needs of leaseholders are well represented.

Favourite local place to visit?

Probably the Little Skirrid, especially during lockdown as we could walk up there so easily from our home.