For some time we’ve been determined to demonstrate to housing providers the enormous potential of local online channels – from the tenants’ point of view and for the agencies themselves. It makes sense for housing associations to help residents to have online conversations and share information – engaged, informed residents help to keep down unnecessary costs and improve the quality of life on estates.

Now, thanks to a grant from the Barrow Cadbury Trust, we’ll be collaborating with Wolverhampton Homes to help develop this stream of work in Wolverhampton.

This project is very deliberately part of our strategy to explore how to help local people to establish and embed neighbourhood networks in low income areas. For that reason we will be ensuring there is plenty of shared learning with the group of three ‘Big Localities’ where we have recently begun work for the Big Lottery Fund.