Philip McConnell – Chairperson,
Broadlea Better Community Tenants & Residents Association
Starting a tenants and residents association is a great way to improve your area and get to know your neighbours. Bramley has very few residents associations. Leeds Housing encourages people to start new groups with their help and training. We asked Philip McConnell to tell us about how tenants and residents in Broadlea are making a positive difference.
Would you like to start or get involved in a tenants and residents association where you live? Contact BEA.
The Broadlea Tenants & Residents Association is committed to making a positive difference in the area, building up trust and promoting inclusion.
Philip McConnell, who had moved to the Broadleas in 2009, joined the Association in 2016 and soon became Chair. He had worked as Manager of the Blood Service for 17.5 years until being made redundant in 2015. His step-father always told him, when growing up: ‘Always make sure you can be proud of the person you see in the mirror.’ Contributing to the Association helped him feel useful again, as voluntary work so often does.
The Association runs a Homework club on Fridays (at which some adults also get reading support), coffee mornings, regular litter picking, supervised sporting activities in school holidays, and garden makeovers (for frail older people, people with illness or disability, and single parents). The gardening is particularly valuable for older people who may just see family once every week or two. It helps reduce social isolation and can lead to involvement in other events and services. It’s a great way for people to begin to engage more with the wider community, while being very rewarding work for the committee memebrs involved.
Philip is passionate about photography, currently focussing especially on buskers, and macro photos of insects and flowers. He is never without his camera.
The team involved in the Association get excellent support from councillors and housing office staff. They would love to hear from you if you live on the Broadleas and would like to get involved in activities or on the committee – phone Philip on 0113 805 8217 or find them on FaceBook.