The Residents’ Panel

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The Melin Residents Panel is a group of up to 10 elected residents who meet once a month. Within these meetings the Panel;

  • Manage their budget
  • Award grant funding to residents and community groups
  • Scrutinise policy and review service documents brought in by staff, giving their opinions and advice
  • Facilitate support for the Disability Access Group, Customer Service Group and Youth Forum

The Panel also;

  • Receive training to improve their skills
  • Attend conferences to share good practice
  • Sit on the Interview Panels for new members of staff
  • Arrange visits to Melin schemes to meet with residents
  • Take part in activities with Melin’s Communities Team

Our vision

To involve residents in scrutinising through monitoring, the performance of the services that Melin provides. The Panel commissions reviews from the Customer Service Group to ensure that services are effective, delivering value for money and inclusive. This allows residents a role influencing decision making and strategic direction. To be the central umbrella group that monitors and encourages the involvement of other groups and to directly engage with the community and support projects in the community.

On 6th October 2015, Jan Harris was elected as Chair of the Panel and Mark Gibbons as Vice Chair.

You can view the latest panel minutes here:

November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016

June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015

Or view the minutes from their away day here:

Away Day 2016

Meet your Panel members

  • Chair Jan Harris
  • Vice Chair Mark Gibbons
  • Toula Pearson
  • Edna Lewis
  • Christopher Byrne
  • Lyndon May
  • Clive Jenkins
  • Rose Matthews

If you are interested in joining the panel and taking an active role in promoting the interests of residents then use the form on the right of this screen and select 'join the Residents Panel'. You can also ask them a question there. You can see any Resident Panel meeting dates here.

Apply for a grant

The Panel has an annual budget of around £40,000. Within that budget the Panel have allocated money that they can use to award residents grants for landscaping and small works projects, community support and activities. If you are interested in applying for a Residents' Panel grant fill in the form on the right of this screen and select 'apply for a grant'. Please note that if you are applying for a grant over £250 3 quotes will be needed. The Panel may not consider retrospective applications for work that has already been done.

Contact the panel

You can get in touch with the Panel by email, or call 01495 745910 or you can write to us at:

Melin Residents' Panel
Ty’r Efail
Lower Mill Field
Pontypool
NP4 0XJ