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Friday news round-up: 12 May 2017

Catch up with this week's SFHA members' news. 

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Bield coffee mornings brew £13,800 for charity

Airdrie retirement development raises funds for Macmillan Cancer Support


A retirement housing development in Airdrie has held its seventh annual coffee morning, raising a combined total of £13,800 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Bield’s Inglefield Court has held coffee mornings for the past seven years, raising more every year, contributing towards funds for the charity. This year, the coffee morning raised £2,675.

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Over 500 children turn out for the Cairn Cup

Fourth annual Cairn Cup held in Inverness


The fourth annual Cairn Cup was held in Inverness on Saturday 6 May, with over 500 children competing in three different football tournaments.

The event moved to Millburn Academy this year to accommodate an expanded tournament of 48 teams. Children from P2 to P7 had the opportunity to participate, with the P2/P3 age group playing six-a-side, and the other age groups playing eight-a-side.

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New initiative to create jobs, improve services and save money

River Clyde Homes sets up own Grounds Maintenance Team


River Clyde Homes, the Inverclyde-based housing association, has set up its own Grounds Maintenance Team with the aim of improving its services and saving rent payers’ money whilst boosting local employment and training opportunities.

The works were previously carried out by external contractors but following customer feedback, and in recognition of the many advantages of directly providing this service in-house, the new team will allow for more control of service quality and improvements to the service.

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Minister for Employability and Training visits ng homes project

Jamie Hepburn MSP witnesses success of Pitstops project.


Minister for Employability and Training Jamie Hepburn MSP visited ng homes’ Pitstops personal development project to see first-hand the success of the initiative.

Pitstops is a Big Lottery funded partnership project between ng homes and social inclusion charity School of Hard Knocks, which uses contact sports and peer inclusion to engage with unemployed and detached members of the community.

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Triple Investors in People Award success for Cunninghame

Cunninghame Housing Association receives IIP Platinum, IIP Gold and IIP Health and Wellbeing. 


On Tuesday 2 May 2017, Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) staff, Board of Management and invited guests attended an event at the Scottish Parliament to receive their three Investors in People Awards.

Globally recognised, successful accreditation against the Investors in People standard is the sign of a great employer, an outstanding place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability.

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ng homes board member recognised as community champion

ng homes board member receives recognition from foorball club


A member of ng homes’ board was recognised by Partick Thistle FC as a community champion at the football club’s home stadium, Firhill, for his ongoing dedication to the North Glasgow community.

Richard Porter, who lives in North Glasgow, has been a board member at ng homes for the last five years and, during this time, his commitment, passion and energy to make a difference has been obvious for all to see.

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Leading UK housing figure joins Wheatley Board

Professor Paddy Gray appointed to Wheatley Group’s Board.


One of the UK housing sector’s most eminent figures, Professor Paddy Gray, has been appointed to the Board of Wheatley Group.

Mr Gray, Professor Emeritus of Housing at the University of Ulster, was recently named the top “Power Player” in the UK housing sector by 24 Housing magazine.

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