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Scotland’s Oldest Councillor Helps ACHA Move Home in Bowmore

Veteran Councillor Donnie MacMillan, 89, has helped Argyll Community Housing Association open its new office in Bowmore on the island of Islay.  Newly- re-elected Councillor MacMillan has family connections to the island.

Councillor MacMillan joined Islay Councillor Robin Currie in cutting the ribbon to open the new office in Flora Street, Bowmore accompanied by ACHA tenant Bob Munro.

Argyll Community Housing Association has 368 properties for affordable rent on Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Gigha and the new office will provide an operating base for the 6 ACHA staff who cover these island communities.  The Association also has an active new build housing programme on the island having provided 41 new homes in Bowmore and Port Ellen in the last three years with a further 20 currently on site on the island.  The Association also plans to build 4 new homes in the village of Keills.

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive, commented

“I am delighted that we have been able to develop this new office facility for our tenants and staff in our Southern Hebridean communities.  ACHA is active in investing in our existing homes and in building new homes in the Southern Hebrides and this investment is a statement of intent for the future.”

He further added

“I am particularly pleased that Councillor Donnie MacMillan has accompanied Councillor Currie, the Local Authority’s most recent Housing Convenor, at the opening.  His commitment to public service, including serving on ACHA’s Board, is something we value and his support for affordable housing in the communities of Argyll and Bute has been steadfast in the 10 years of ACHA’s existence.”

Councillor Robin Currie commented

“I’m very pleased to be involved in the opening of this new ACHA office on Islay which will be a valuable facility for tenants and wish the staff all the best for the future.”

The new office was built by local building contractor Colin Logan from Bowmore which reflected a £70,000 investment.

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ACHA’s Modern Apprentices Will Earn as They Learn

Argyll Community Housing Association is investing in the future of its workforce by offering three paid Modern Apprentice vacancies to young people across Argyll.

The four-year apprenticeships give candidates the chance to obtain a recognised qualification, as well as gain valuable work experience and receive a competitive salary.

Apprenticeships are available in three different areas:

Housing and neighbourhood services – which could be based anywhere in Argyll

Construction and technical – based in Lochgilphead

Corporate Services – based in Helensburgh

Chief Executive Alastair MacGregor said, “Not all school leavers want to go to college or university and even new graduates can find it hard getting a job without work-based training and experience. We’re offering a four-year apprenticeship to three young people, that will lead to a nationally recognised qualification, as well as the opportunity to gain work experience and transferable skills. Our apprentices will earn as they learn.”

The new apprentices will spend at least 10% of their time working towards apprenticeship accreditation and the rest of the time with their team, doing a real job. More details about all of the roles are available on the recruitment section of ACHA’s website www.acha.co.uk.


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Argyll Community Housing Association Makes a Start at Jutland Court, Helensburgh

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has made a start on its next new housing development at Jutland Court, Helensburgh.

Jackie Baillie MSP officially launched the start of the housing project which will provide 32 new affordable flats and houses for rent, and 6 houses which will be for private sale or rent. ACHA Board members and members of the local Area Committee joined her on site for the ceremony.
Work on the development initially involves the demolition of derelict flatted blocks located on the site before building work can commence.

This new build project, which has a total cost of £4,975,470,  has progressed due to funding contributions from Argyll and Bute Council, the Scottish Government and ACHA and it will be taken forward in partnership with developer Callum Williamson Ltd of Helensburgh

Commenting at the site launch Jackie Baillie MSP said

“I was delighted to launch the new housing development at Jutland Court. These new homes will help address the shortage of affordable housing for local families in Helensburgh and Lomond. The demolition of the old flats, which became an eyesore for local residents, will also improve the outlook of this part of the town. This investment by Argyll Community Housing Association with assistance from Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government is very welcome indeed."

Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive of ACHA, commented

“We are delighted to start this badly needed development for affordable homes.  It will make a difference in assisting those in housing need and will provide construction jobs during the development phase.”

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