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Friday news round-up: 7 April 2017

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

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Maryhill Housing recognised for environmental excellence

Housing association wins Keep Scotland Beautiful award



Maryhill Housing has been named as a winner in the 2017 Local Environmental Quality Awards from environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful.

The awards, now in their 12th year, celebrate the success from across the Keep Scotland Beautiful Local Environmental Quality Network in improving the cleanliness and quality of the environment.

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Orkney Housing Association celebrates handover of 1000th House

Housing association celebrates milestone


Orkney Housing Association has been working to provide quality, affordable housing in the county the past 32 years and recently marked a major development milestone when it welcomed the Minister for Housing and Local Government to the official opening of its 1000th home on 31 March. 

Joint venture aims to take repairs service to next level

Wheatley and City Building Joint Venture to provide repairs and investment work


A modern, localised and even more efficient repairs and maintenance service will be provided to thousands of affordable housing tenants with the launch this week of a new £3.7 billion joint venture (JV) between Wheatley Group and Glasgow City Council.

On 1 April 2017, Wheatley became a 50/50 joint owner with the local authority of City Building (Glasgow).

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Financial advice direct to customers’ homes

RCH helps customers with money matters 


River Clyde Homes has produced a second edition of its financial advice magazine, Money Talks, which has been distributed to all tenants to help them through what is proving to be a challenging time for those who receive benefits.

Money Talks provides practical information and suggestions to help customers to deal with the changes brought by Universal Credit. It also looks at the practical services and support that River Clyde Homes provides to its customers for financial inclusion.

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Ten per cent of housing associations sign up to new efficiency scorecard pilot

Eighteen housing associations in Scotland agree to take part in a sector scorecard pilot


Eighteen housing associations in Scotland have agreed to take part in a sector scorecard pilot to benchmark a range of business health and efficiency measures.

From April, the Haymarket Group of associations will record data against 15 different measures that will give an assessment of each association’s financial health, development progress, asset performance and operational efficiencies. The efficiency scorecard pilot will link up with a similar initiative elsewhere in the UK social housing sector, being led by Mark Henderson, Chief Executive of Home Group.

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West Lothian Development Alliance brings 12 accessible homes to Stoneyburn

Construction starts on West Lothian Development Alliance’s 12 cottage flats for affordable rent


Construction has now started on West Lothian Development Alliance’s 12 cottage flats for affordable rent in Stoneyburn. Almond Housing Association is developing the homes and, on completion, ownership will transfer to landlord Horizon Housing Association. 

Craigowl transfers activities to Gowrie Care

Craigowl Communities changes way it operates


After 12 years of improving the lives of people in Dundee, Craigowl Communities is changing the way it operates. From now on, Craigowl’s activities will be transferred to its sister company, Gowrie Care, which will continue to deliver projects in the city aimed at improving people’s circumstances.

Maryhill hails participatory budgeting a “resounding success”

Community votes on budget use


A Scottish Government scheme to help people choose where money should be spent in their communities by voting has been hailed a “resounding success”.

Hundreds of people exercised their right to vote on two separate days as Maryhill Housing told them: “It’s up to you”.

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Setting the standard at Langstane

Housing association launches customer care standards.


An award-winning housing association, based in the North East, has taken its latest steps to drive up customer satisfaction levels with the launch of its customer care standards.

Langstane Housing Association, which won the TPAS Scotland Tenant Participation
Champion of the Year Award 2016 for its work on improving tenant participation, announced that the new standards will be implemented in April 2017.

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Kind hearted Kinglassie helps Fife Homeless

100 ‘survival bags’ donated to Kingdom Housing Association for homeless people


The community in the Kinglassie area have donated 100 ‘survival bags’ to Kingdom Housing Association for homeless people as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the problems faced by the homeless in Fife.

Kinglassie’s ‘Rough Sleeper Mission’ campaign has collected more than 2,000 essential items to fill the ‘survival bags’. Local children and parents have been volunteering by collecting items and helping to make up the bags.

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Dundee group get animated to break down mental health stigma

Group film tackles stigma surrounding mental health


The Dundee Futures project has worked with three local people to produce a short stop-motion animation film and blog aimed at breaking down stigma surrounding mental health.

The group combined personal stories and experiences to develop the film, The Ballad of Polly and Nelly, which takes a lighter look at the issues of mental health.

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