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Helpful housing advice from Acorn members

I had a situation last year where my landlord changed some terms of my tenancy and I felt dissatisfied. I wasn’t too sure where to turn for advice and support, until a colleague at work said, ‘why don’t you join Acorn?’

I signed up as a monthly member which was about the cost of a takeaway meal. Then I joined their Facebook group, which was very active. I posted my situation in the group and soon had many replies. Some people agreed with my point of view, others said they felt the landlord was still providing an overall good service so why complain.

A helpful member of the Acorn group suggested I have a good look through my landlord/tenant contract which will help me understand if there are already guidelines on my situation.

In lockdown I had some friendly updates from Acorn and even the offer of help with my shopping. Although I had enough support not to need it, I told a few of my friends to bear in mind Acorn if they were stuck for getting to the local facilities for essential items.

A friendly Acorn Union rep rang me for a catch up and it was really nice that he was willing to speak to me for around 20 minutes or more, as the Union turned its efforts to calling members to offer help, or encourage those who could to volunteer.

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We had a one off quiz which was a lot of fun, and I hope they organise it again. 🙂 The last question in the quiz was, can you find an Acorn related costume in your home in the next 3 minutes. lol

How to activate your response…

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Before you jump to conclusions…. I want to talk about group behaviour, and how to become more effective.

Presently we have many restrictions which mean that we have to stand apart when in person.

This doesn’t mean we have to manage all our battles alone. I have worked in care and support for 4 years and retail for 3. Of those periods I have been in a Union for 3.5.

I’m writing from my home in central Bristol where in June the crowd pulled down the Colston statue.

If you want change in your neighbourhoods or at work I strongly recommend you join the relevant Union. For example in the UK Unite and Unison are the leading Unions. But there are many Unions specific to whichever niche you work in.

And lastly, back to the group picture. Its easy for an organisation to ignore a single claimant but when more people add their voice to the table, more can be done to improve conditions at work or in our area.

Ok, I didn’t actually like the statue toppling. Despite agreeing with the many points it represented. I’ve done many career pathway courses and step-up programmes. Not all opportunities are deliberately held out of reach of segments of society, but some opportunities are more difficult to reach out to.

Sajid Jarvid recently inspired me by his example, and I really enjoyed listening to a podcast on The Times online where he spoke about his challenges getting the right education as a son in a family where the expectations were low.

With the right network of encouragement and support anyone can achieve anything anyone can achieve incrementally more than expectations. Like we see with computer algorithms there are some lucky moments where the universe gives us a supercharged boost upwards, although these are not guaranteed.