Southwark Group Of Tenants
The Southwark Group of Tenants Organisation is a tenants’ federation, run by tenants and brings together the tenants and residents of Southwark to improve the quality of housing by offering support, training, advice and resources to benefit tenants. Our trained staff work collectively to provide these services to enable tenants to speak with one voice.
Southwark Group of Tenants Organisation (SGTO) is an independent voluntary organisation representing and promoting the rights of tenants and residents groups within the London Borough of Southwark. We are a non-political organisation and do not align to any political viewpoint, our aim is to promote the interest of Tenants and Residents Associations in Southwark, by working with all stakeholders to achieve common goals. It originated from the Association of London Housing Estates, which was founded by the London County Council in the late 1950s. In 1984, Southwark tenants decided to set up their own organisation and be responsible for their own affairs.
The Southwark Group of Tenants Organisation (SGTO) has been in existence for about twenty three years now. Through the years, SGTO has been involved in campaigning for better housing conditions, tenants' rights and tenants' involvement in decision making.
In the past year, SGTO has undergone enormous changes in structure to meet council tenants’ needs. The rejuvenated SGTO is now strategically positioned to promote Southwark Council tenants’ rights, ensure tenants involvement in decision making, safer communities and encourage ethnic and cultural diversity.
Promote the rights of tenants and control over their housing and environment by information sharing between the organisation and the local authority
Extend the right of all tenants to participate and be consulted in the formulation of council polices on housing and associated issues, and to be represented on all matters and policies that involve tenants and their homes.
Train tenants to be confident and aware of the local authority consultation structure and know how they can participate. Provide a resource centre and support to Tenants and Residents Associations across Southwark Borough, encourage and support the formation of new representatives and democratic tenants groups
Promote the harmonious functioning of a multi-cultural community and to work towards the elimination of all forms of racism and discrimination within the community. Providing adequate facilities that include all sections of the community, and address areas of exclusion due to language barriers, disabilities and similar issues.
Work with and support the inclusion of leaseholder residents across the borough.
Improve networks between all residents through representatives and inclusive forums whilst working in partnership with other voluntary and statutory organisations who share our objects, interests and aspirations.
Regular monitoring and evaluation of our services to ensure desired impacts, development and growth of SGTO in the years to come.
Raise the profile of council housing as desirable, accessible, well managed and maintained housing sector.
Ensure an accountable, corporate and transparent management and staff structure.