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Barrowfield regeneration continues with plans for 52 new homes
West of Scotland Housing Association has acquired the vacant land at Fielden Street and plans to continue regeneration of the Barrowfield community with 52 new homes starting in June 2018. Read the press release here.
West of Scotland Housing Association appoints Tenant Engagement Officer
We are pleased to welcome Alistair Reid, Tenant Engagement Officer, who will undertake the key role of further developing our approach to tenant engagement and scrutiny. Read the press release here
Generous donation helps the Molly Weir Garden Project blossom
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) and Willowacre Trust have received a £1,000 donation from housebuilder Mactaggart and Mickel to fund the Molly Weir Garden Project in Springburn. Tenants will plant an 'edible hedge' and wildflowers to encourage bees and butterflies. Find out more in our press release.
WSHA tenant springs into action to meet Easter demand for 600 knitted chickens
Photo - Sandy Ferguson
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) tenant and Management Committee member Clare Newton is knitting 600 chickens filled with créme eggs, following an explosion of demand on a community Facebook page. Read the full story here
WSHA staff member receives police Recognition Award
Assistant Community Services Officer Clare Bird has been presented with a Greater Glasgow Police Division Recognition Award from Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, for her dedication to Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV). Find out more here
Plans to Separate from the Gentoo Group
WSHA has been in partnership with Gentoo Group since 2013 and following a comprehensive review, both organisations have agreed that the partnership arrangement is no longer in the best interests of tenants. This document explains why we believe that we could offer a better service as an independent Scottish housing association.
First Community Champion for West of Scotland Housing Association
We presented our first Community Champion Award to Janette Oliver of Fernhill, a tenant who has shown incredible dedication to organising voluntary activities in her area for over 50 years. Find out more here.
WSHA raises record donation for The Eileen McCallum Trust and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation
We raised our highest ever charity donation of £5,100 during 2016 for two organisations close to our heart, The Eileen McCallum Trust and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Eileen McCallum MBE and JDRF volunteer Jim Mckay joined us to accept the donations and thank staff for their contributions. For more information see our press release.
WSHA celebrates £50 million regeneration in East Glasgow
We were joined by the Minister for Local Government and Housing, Kevin Stewart MSP and Councillor George Redmond, Executive Member for Jobs, Business and Investment at Glasgow City Council, at the launch of our latest housing development which celebrated a landmark £50 million investment in Camlachie/Barrowfield in East Glasgow.
The housing association, one of Scotland’s oldest social landlords, has been delivering a comprehensive regeneration programme in the area since 1996 creating 500 high-quality, affordable homes. WSHA have invested an additional £25 million in developing 200 homes within the neighbouring communities of the Gallowgate and the Games Village, Dalmarnock. For more information see our press release.
WSHA appoint Carillion to deliver day-to-day repairs contract
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Carillion to deliver our day-to-day repairs contract from 1st August 2016. Tenants will have an increased opportunity to shape ongoing service improvements via routine repair post-inspections. They will also benefit from improved emergency and non-emergency response times and the introduction of two hour appointment slots for internal repairs. For more information read our press release.
WSHA tough it out for charity
A group of brave staff from West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) faced the challenge of Tough Mudder to raise nearly £1500 for two very worthwhile causes. The money will be split between WSHA’s corporate charities, The Eileen McCallum Trust and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Find out more here.
WSHA unveil tackling sectarianism mural
A powerful 40 metre mural exploring the subject of tackling sectarianism has been unveiled on London Road in the shadow of Celtic Park and the Emirates Arena. The mural was created by renowned Glasgow Street Art group Art Pistol and Rogue One, one of Glasgow’s most famous street artists and features inspirational ideas and poetry developed by local young people. For more information read the press release.
Corporate Management Team appointed at West of Scotland
Following the appointment of Lynne Donnelly as Chief Executive of West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) the Association is pleased to confirm the appointment of its’ new Corporate Management Team
Dan Wood took up post of Property Director in late 2015. Stewart Gibb, Director of Housing and Customer Services and Colin MacCallum, Director of Finance and Corporate Services both started in post early 2016. Read more here.
Sheltered residents get arty
A group of tenants from West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) have unveiled an impressive mural – Glasgow, the Dear Green Place. The five ladies live at the WSHA’s Denmilne Sheltered complex and the artwork was a culmination of six months hard work.
The mural, featuring landmarks from Glasgow, was created with the help of artist Sarah Bookless as part of WSHA’s Club 60 programme aimed at older people to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing. Sarah, who is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art started working with the group in September 2015 to create the mural. Read more here.
WSHA team up with Dolly Parton to give children free books
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has become the first registered social landlord in Scotland to sign up to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library – an innovative book gifting scheme that gives children living in their households up to 60 free books. The Imagination Library was created by the Dolly Parton Foundation and registered children get a free book every month in the post until their 5th birthday.
The Association officially re-launched Imagination Library at a storytelling event with Mairi Hedderwick, author and illustrator of the much loved Katie Morag books. Around 88 children from Keppoch Nursery attended the session during Book Week Scotland where they received a free signed book from the Association. The scheme is funded by the Association’s charitable subsidiary, Willowacre Trust and is part of a wider sustainable communities strategy. Read the press release for more information.
WSHA complete transfer of Broomhouse Housing Association
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) is pleased to announce the transfer of Broomhouse Housing Association which will see WSHA provide a housing service to 98 new tenants.
The transfer, which took place on 30th November, is a result of Broomhouse recognising the importance of providing tenants with a range of services in a cost effective way. After a full review of their long-term business plan, they approached WSHA who identified a number of benefits of agreeing to the transfer including the ability to make a difference to the lives of more tenants. For more information read our press release.
Former Councillor appointed Chair
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has elected Ruth Simpson as Chairperson of their Management Committee. Ruth, a former Councillor and City Treasurer in Glasgow, will lead the committee of 15 which includes eight tenant members. The Management Committee shapes the strategic direction of the Association and the mix of tenants and external specialists ensures WSHA is clear about tenant’s priorities and has the technical knowledge to deliver them.
Ruth who has been a member of the Management Committee since 2012 said:” I am delighted and honoured to be elected Chair of West of Scotland Housing Association. This is a landmark year for the Association as it celebrates its 50th anniversary year and we have recently welcomed our new Chief Executive, Lynne Donnelly.”
The Committee also elected Lanarkshire tenant Ann Reid as Vice Chair and welcomed four new Committee members - Lynn Clark (Tenant member from Lanarkshire and chair of a local community group); Paul McAninsh (Finance Director, McTaggart & Mickel); Robert Higgins (Experienced Committee member, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership); and Kelly Adams (Director of Audit and Assurance, Baker Tilley).
Work begins on Camlachie Phase 10
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has started construction on phase 10 of development in Camlachie, East Glasgow. Key partners attended the official ground breaking event on 9th October 2015.
The £2.4 million development will consist of 18 Amenity Cottage Flats designed for older people with two of the ground floor flats being designated for Wheelchair users. The project, funded by Glasgow City Council and West of Scotland Housing Association, will also include a community car park.
Lynne Donnelly, Chief Executive of WSHA said; "In our 50th anniversary year we are delighted to have started work on this project which is the latest project in our regeneration of Camlachie. We have been redeveloping homes in the area since 1996 to provide high quality affordable homes for the community." Katie McLeod, Chair of WSHA added: "These homes will be an excellent addition to the community and provide a high standard of living for the tenants."
Work began on the development at the end of September with an expected completion date of summer 2016. See press release for more information.
WSHA sees improvements in landlord report
WSHA has published its Scottish Social Housing Charter and Annual Report and is delighted to see improvements in a number of key areas. The report, which is based on feedback from tenants, outlines the following:
- 90% of tenants satisfied with the service provided by WSHA
- 91.5% of properties meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard
- 93.2% of repairs completed right first time
- 80.9% feel their rent represents good value for money
For more information, you can view the full report here.
Appointment of Chief Executive
WSHA has appointed Lynne Donnelly as Chief Executive. Currently Operations Director at Partick Housing Association Limited, Lynne will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to WSHA after working in the housing sector for over 30 years, in a variety of roles. Lynne will take up post in early October. Read our press release for more information.