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Ardenglen receives the perfect birthday present

Ardenglen reacts to being named Housing Association of the Year.

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Ardenglen has given its reaction to being named Housing Association of the Year, and it called the win “the perfect birthday present” in what is its 30th anniversary year.

Ardenglen scooped the title at the Scottish Home Awards last week in a stunning triumph for the Castlemilk-based association.

The digital event – broadcast live from Glasgow – heard that Ardenglen won the coveted title after impressing the judges with a strong focus on its work in Castlemilk.

Audrey Simpson Chief Executive, said: “This is the perfect birthday present for Ardenglen in a very special year for us. It is undoubtedly the icing on the cake.”

Ardenglen focused its submission for the award not just on its unwavering commitment to regenerating Castlemilk but on its approach to people – tenants, staff, its Board and volunteers.

Cultural change played an important part in the entry - notably following the creation of Ardenglen’s One Team initiative delivering a truly people-focused commitment to its work.

The long-established and deep-rooted wider role activities of the association ideally equipped Ardenglen – in common with fellow Castlemilk housing associations – to tackle the unprecedented challenge of the ongoing health emergency later in the year.

The association’s planned 30th anniversary celebrations were severely curtailed as it chose instead to focus its staffing resources and financial commitment instead to helping the Castlemilk Together initiative.

Made up of local housing associations and other organisations, Castlemilk Together has for many months spearheaded the local effort to help the community with food and other methods of support during the pandemic.

Audrey added: “I want to pay particular tribute to the Staff and Board members whose efforts have resulted in winning this Award.

“Equally importantly, special mention must also go to our Community Committee who, through their work, do so much to create the community spirit that defines Castlemilk.”

Liz McKenzie, Chair, said: “This is a tremendous achievement not just for Ardenglen but Castlemilk, too.

"It shines the spotlight on the work our community is doing as we build homes and support our neigbourhood in so many ways.

"We like to think of Ardenglen as the anchor which holds our community together and this has been especially important during the ongoing health emergency.”

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