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ACHA Launches Garden in Bloom and Sunflower Competition 2017

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has now launched this year’s ‘Garden In Bloom’ and Sunflower competition.

The competition began in 2010 and has always proved successful with entries received throughout the Mid Argyll & Kintyre area.  As an opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment from tenants in maintaining their garden, tenants and neighbours are able to nominate ACHA gardens from 3rd April until 26th July 2017.  Winners will receive a trophy and vouchers from a garden centre of their choice.

In addition, ACHA will also be welcoming entries for the largest grown sunflower from all pre-5 nurseries throughout the area with the chance of winning book vouchers.

Sandra MacKenzie, Vice Chairperson of the Mid Argyll & Kintyre Area Committee commented, “This year, for the first time, the Area Committee invite members of ACHA to join them at their AGM on 2nd August to help them judge the ‘Garden in Bloom’ and Sunflower competitions.
We do this by viewing photographs taken over the summer of the competing gardens and we look forward to members joining us in this pleasurable task.”

If you would like further information or an application form, please contact your local office on 01546 605800 (Lochgilphead) or 01546 605880 (Campbeltown).


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ACHA Launches Growing Our Own

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) is to take forward its own Growing Our Own initiative.  This will involve ACHA recruiting 4 trainees to work in each of the Association’s 4 operating departments.

The £100,000 per year investment over 4 years will start in April 2017 and will run to March 2021.  The intention is that at the close of the 4 year training programme there will hopefully be opportunities for the trainees to progress in the organisation.  It is planned that each of the trainees will get experience across a range of different activities in the Association, including housing management, development, finance & IT and personnel.

Commenting on the initiative, ACHA’s Chief Executive Alastair MacGregor, said

“This initiative is an investment for the future.   As an Association, we are keen to ensure that there is a starting place for a career in housing when young people leave school, college or university.  We also believe that the experience gained through this initiative will allow housing related skills to be developed through a supportive and experienced environment”

He further added

“I believe this also fits comfortably with Argyll and Bute Council’s Strategy to encourage population growth and retention in Argyll and Bute, especially for young people”


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Janice Gets “Smart” with ACHA !

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) carried out a tenant satisfaction survey during November and December 2016.  Over 1,400 tenants from all over Argyll and Bute were contacted by ACHA staff and asked to participate.  400 tenants agreed to take part in the survey, the aim of which is to assist the Association to develop and improve its services to tenants

All participants were entered into a prize draw to win a TV.  Pictured is Mrs Janice Crichton of Glebe Terrace Rothesay receiving her prize from ACHA’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Mr Jim Milne. 

Janice was delighted with her prize and added that “I usually don’t take part in surveys but I’m glad that I did this time!

Mr Milne expressed his gratitude to the tenants who took part in the survey adding that “it is worth stressing again that as a tenant led organisation it is vital that the Association understands the needs of our tenants.  An exercise like this allows us to ensure that the views expressed by our tenants are taken into account when deciding on service improvements”.

The results of the satisfaction survey will be reported to ACHA tenants and also to the Scottish Housing Regulator.

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