By becoming involved in a residents' association you get more involved with making the decisions that affect you. This is a group of people on an estate, block or road who decide to come together to form an organisation to represent them. This gives them a better say in how things are run, and together they can work with the Council to find solutions that will help their community.
The Inforich Community Database has details of various residents' associations in your area. Alternatively, you can contact your Housing Associations' local office for details of residents' associations. If there are none, then they can advise and support you if you wish to set one up.