Who We Are
Tenants Union UK (TUUK) is building the power of tenants to create housing justice through education, advocacy, leadership development and local organising. Founded in 2016, Tenants Union works to bring about concrete improvements in tenants’ living conditions and challenge and transform unjust housing policies and practices.
As a membership organisation, TUUK's work is grounded in the strong conviction that tenants and renters must be active participants in the transformation of our own lives. That's why we embrace the values of tenant leadership and self-determination in our work.
The Tenants Union is formed of a network of powerful local branches, where residents have the knowledge and capacity to tackle their housing issues. We are building a movement so that each of our members has the power to access a safe, secure, and healthy home, and support from the Tenants Union to keep it that way.
We are made up of a small staff team, an executive committee and our member branches. We have recently received funding to engage our members and tenants across Greater Manchester in writing a Renter’s Manifesto.
Alongside this project we are working to diversify our funding streams, grow our member base, improve our offer for members and to build and strengthen our movement across the UK.
What we’re looking for
The executive committee support our staff members to grow our membership, funding base and campaign presence both locally and nationally.
We are looking to recruit dedicated individuals who have:
- A commitment to the aims and ethos of Tenants Union UK
- Lived experience as a tenant/renter
- Good independent judgement
- The ability to think creatively
- The courage and willingness to speak their mind
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
We are particularly looking for people who have experience in any (or all) of the following areas:
- Social media & communications
- Grass-roots or member-led organising
We would also welcome applications from people with management experience, experience at director level or experience of managing growing teams in a start-up,a small charity environment or movement.
Committee members are expected to attend committee meetings once a month, either in person or via phone conferencing; quarterly committee meetings and an annual strategy day in Manchester both in person. Please note that the role is unpaid but travel expenses to attend committee meetings will be provided by the Tenants Union. Committee members must also be appointed as directors of Tenants Union UK Limited.
As well as attending meetings we would expect committee members to commit 4 - 8 hour per month to ad hoc work supporting staff and volunteers where appropriate. The nature of this support would depend on the individual member’s role and area of knowledge.
Tenants Union UK is committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. We particularly encourage applications from people currently underrepresented in our movement including, but not limited to, members of Black, Minority and Ethnic groups; people with disabilities; people who identify as LGBTQ+ as well as people who identify as working class.
Apply using this form. Deadline for applications 29th February 2020.