Help us improve your services - Customer Involvement Groups


At CBH, we want to move on from just involving customers in what we do, to making sure you have real influence in what we do and what happens in your community.

We need to understand more about what is important to you so we can work together to improve our services. You can tell us how you want to be involved by answering these questions and/or making your own comments.

Annual General Meeting

This annual meeting is a chance to review all services received from the past year.

You can raise any issues directly with our Board and senior housing colleagues.

60 minutes yearly

Face to Face Meeting

If you would like to find out more about attending the Annual General Meeting, please contact Resident Engagement at

Resident Voice

you’re passionate about the customer voice being heard and want the opportunity to make a real difference in how we shape our services, this is for you, the panel is made up of customers, resident board members and CBH colleagues to ensure that we consider the customer in all our decision making.

Less than 120 mins every other month

Face to Face Meeting (Hybrid)


Find out more about Resident Voice or to register an interest in joining the panel, please complete the form below or contact Customer Involvement at

The Reading Panel

Getting involved with our scrutiny opportunities could be for you if you are interested in reviewing the printed material that CBH produces, e.g. brochures, leaflets or annual report. All comments from our Reading Panel are considered before being passed to the Board for approval.

30 minutes monthly

In your home

If you would like to find out more about joining the Reading Panel, please complete the form below or contact Resident Engagement at

QAA: Quality Assurance Advisors

Do you live in a block of flats or sheltered scheme?

If you want to help, make you shared accommodation a better place to be, then this is the role for you.

You will monitor maintenance and cleaning within your block and surrounding grounds by completing our inspection form. You can also raise and discuss issues or concerns you have at our 3 monthly face to face meeting.

45 minutes every 3 months

Face to Face Meeting, Completion of Inspection Form

If you would like to find out more about becoming a QAA, please complete the form below or contact Resident Engagement at

Meeting Dates for 2024 (all 10.30am – 12.00pm)

Tuesday 13th February 2024 
Tuesday 9th April 2024 
Tuesday 11th June 2024 
Tuesday 13th August 2024 
Tuesday 8th October 2024 
Tuesday 3rd December 2024  

Greenstead Housing Panel

Do you live on the Greenstead Estate and want to help make your local community a better place to be?

Then this is the panel for you. you’ll ensure that we have a customer perspective on a range of issues including our services and contractors.

You can raise and discuss local housing issues and agree on proposals for estate improvements.

60 minutes every 3 months

Face to Face Meeting

Meeting Dates for 2024 (all 4.30pm – 5.30pm) 

Meetings held at Greenstead Community Centre, Hawthorn Avenue, Colchester, CO4 3QE

7th  March 2024
13th June 2024
5th September 2024
5th December 2024

If you would like to find out more about joining the Greenstead Housing Panels, please complete the form below or contact Resident Engagement at

Leaseholder Focus Group

If you are a leaseholder and want to shape and improve and scrutinise our Leaseholder services, this is the group for you. Receive information on Leaseholder performance and also get a chance to influence our Service Contractual awards by being part of the Tender Evaluation Panel.

60 minutes every 3 months

Face to Face Meeting

 Meeting dates for 2024 (5..30pm to 7pm at Rowan House, Sheepen Road, Colchester, CO3 3WG)
23rd January 2024
23rd April 2024
20th August 2024
19th November 2024

If you would like to find out more about joining the group, please complete the form below or contact Resident Engagement at


What does being involved mean?

  • You receive an initial one to one meeting to introduce you to the service where you will be provided with an information pack and contact details.
  • You will be invited to regular quarterly meetings, where you will meet the Colchester Borough Homes staff and service providers and you will have opportunity to celebrate the successes you have achieved.
  • You will have opportunities to attend free training and development courses
  • We will use your involvement to shape the services we deliver and feed back on any decisions or changes.
  • Refreshments whilst attending meetings and events plus expenses including travel and childcare will be paid.

Our commitments aim to represent and amplify customer voices, increasing satisfaction by listening to and acting on customers views. Through Insight, Influence, and Impact we will deliver what customers have prioritised in the shaping of these commitments

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Tpas membership enables you to access our expertise, develop key principles, best practice and continuous improvement ensuring you and your organisation can be at the forefront of engagement activities.

Tenant – individual and tenant group

  • Receive invites to our virtual and in person round-tables, focus groups and workshops
  • Participate in live free webinars and access pre-recorded member webinars
  • Opportunities and routes to influence national policy
  • Access to our exclusive member Resource hub for all your engagement needs
  • Newsletter to keep up to date with engagement news
  • Advice on engagement issues via our enquiry service
  • Attend our free virtual and in person member only events throughout the year
  • Access to our tenant only online networking group to create engagement conversations across England
  • Opportunities to share your experiences and opinions
  • Chance to gain recognition and share what you are doing
  • Opportunities to join our Board of Directors
  • Voting rights at our Annual General Meeting
Participate in live free webinars and access pre-recorded member webinars 
Attend our free virtual and in person member only events throughout the year 

The Board

The CBH Board has the strategic responsibility for the whole organisation and supports the CEO in the decision-making process. The Board membership includes CBH Customers, to ensure the wider customer base are represented and views considered. We have a live recruitment process looking to identify and support new resident board members. The Board Meetings and AGM is partially open to the public to observe, details of which can be shared.Being a Board member gives you the opportunity to have direct involvement in the way we deliver services.

We are keen for the Board to reflect the diverse nature of our community, and we welcome applications from individuals whatever their background. Our Board consists of:

  • Three Council Board Members (usually appointed by the Council at the annual meeting in May/June)
  • Three Independent Board Members (appointed for three-year terms following an open recruitment process)
  • Three Tenant Board Members* (appointed for three-year terms following an open recruitment process, which may involve an election)
  • The Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Homes

*One Tenant Board Member may be a Leaseholder, providing they live in the property they lease from the Council.

If you would like to find out more about joining the Board, or to register your interest in the next round of recruitment, please contact Resident Engagement at

Good Neighbour Awards

Do you have a brilliant neighbour who regularly helps others in the community and makes a difference? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Whether they are always on hand when needed, provided support to others, or modestly bring joy to your neighbourhood, you can nominate them for CBH’s Good Neighbour Awards.
Good neighbours make a huge contribution to many people’s lives across Colchester. They help lots of people with their day to day lives often without thinking about the positive impact it has on them. Good neighbours can be found in every part of the city and are involved in many things from organising lunches, walking dogs, helping elderly neighbours, cooking meals, shopping and so much more. We want to highlight the fantastic contributions made by residents of all ages who have improved the lives of others and gone that extra mile. So, we are asking you to nominate someone in your community; nominated residents, have the chance to win £75 in vouchers.

To enter, please complete the relevant form on this page. If you would like an entry form posted to you instead, please email Resident Engagement at

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