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Clyde Valley Group announces five-year plan

Clyde Valley Group announces its plans for next five years as it strengthens its regional impact in communities in response to Covid pandemic

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Clyde Valley Group has announced its new Corporate Vision for the next five years that will it said will deliver "demonstrable economic, social and health and well-being impacts in local communities" and will be customer-led.

The plan launch comes at a time CVHA has been working at the heart of its community to help its customers to deal with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. CVG was also a key contributor to the recent research launched by SFHA: The Impact of Social Housing

Lynn Wassell, Chief Executive of Clyde Valley Housing Association, said: “Clyde Valley Group owns 4,200 homes and provides factored services to more than 3,000 owners across Lanarkshire and East Dunbartonshire, and we have around 500 new homes currently under construction.

"Our team has responded fantastically during the lockdown. They have been at leading edge of an unprecedented campaign to engage with customers and ensure they are getting the help they need during lockdown restrictions. Our team has made thousands of calls to customers, offering help, ranging from co-ordinating everyday repairs safely through to working with partners to offer services such as employability support, re-housing and our own income maximisation advice. We’ve invested £10,000 in directing people in need to our local foodbanks and plan to invest another £10,000 in local environmental improvements using community benefit contributions as part of our Scottish Procurement Alliance membership.

“The pandemic has brought the social values which underpin our new Corporate Plan into sharp focus; our investment and increasing impact as a community anchor across our region. We intend to play an integral part in economic and social renewal in the recovery from Covid and beyond .

Allan Murray, Chairperson of the Clyde Valley Housing Association, said: “Working with trusted partners will be even more important in the months and years ahead. We’re proud of our track record of delivering support with networks such as Women’s Aid in Motherwell and the Routes to Work Service.

"Our in-house ‘income maximisation’ team has been busy helping people who have lost jobs or had hours at work reduced to access benefits and practical money advice.

"Our plan ahead will focus on building more and even stronger collaborations across the communities we work in and supporting wider regeneration, including in town centres.

"Our three valued local authority partners are critical to our success as we continue to work together combining our agility to complement their scale and leverage.”

Lynn Wassell continued: “An essential part of the Corporate Plan is investing in the local economy to help our communities recover together. We work extensively with local contractors in development, repairs and other services. Many are based in Lanarkshire and employ local people, with a focus on moving apprentices into skilled employment. Our ambitious new supply pipeline will help to maintain and grow these job opportunities as well as around our £30 million investment in existing homes.

"Our subsidiary, Clyde Valley Property Services, is also building on its success in property management, construction and factoring. Again, this should help to keep the local economy and housing market moving and help people in the mid-market and market rental segment find suitable accommodation close to home so their disposable income stays local. CVPS will also be launching a new private lettings business, Clyde Valley Lets. This offers a social letting agency proposition to compete with the private sector. We will encourage private landlords to entrust their investment properties to us to manage on their behalf. Fundamental to this will be delivering high-quality property management services and driving up standards to further support community sustainability.  

“Our plan also has a clear focus on realising the potential of our people and understanding what makes them tick. Through training, career development and, where they need it, emotional or wellbeing support. They have given so much to help customers, and we intend to ensure their well-being is supported in the time ahead.

"The scale and breadth of the challenges and our ambitions are significant. However, we are clear in our core purpose to provide high-quality homes and services that make a difference to peoples’ lives and to their communities. This is what will guide delivery of the strategy in the years ahead.

"We are also clear that front and centre in our plan are our customers. They will lead the way on designing our services and customer insight will drive what we do. As a Customer Services Excellence accredited organisation, our team is always driven by excellence, and it’s no coincidence that this is one of our company values."

Margaret McMahon, from Coatbridge, who sits on Clyde Valley Housing Association’s Customer Panel, said: “Clyde Valley have made a real difference to my life by providing an adapted bungalow which meets the needs of life with a disability.

"Their help has been focused on helping me with what I can do not want I can’t. It’s been great to look at the detail of the plan, especially seeing the new homes which are planned.

"We need to housing associations now more than ever, and I look forward to playing my part.”

Full detail of the Corporate Plan and supporting strategies and case studies can be found here

A series of case studies and films of our #clydevalleychampions team; customers and suppliers can be found here

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