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Michael Russell MSP Opens New ACHA Homes in Dunoon

Argyll Community Housing Association has just completed five new family homes at Victoria Park, Dunoon.

The homes built on a site transferred to ACHA by Argyll and Bute Council overlook Dunoon town centre and the river Clyde.

The development which cost £811,338 was funded from grant contribution from the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council, and private finance from ACHA.

The homes were built by the Argyll based company from Lochgilphead, MacLeod Construction Ltd.
A particular feature of the new homes are generous space standards, large kitchens, and utility rooms.

The official opening was carried out by Michael Russell MSP for Argyll and Bute who commented

““I am delighted to have the honour of opening these houses.   ACHA is working tirelessly to secure new homes for people in Argyll & Bute and the Scottish Government is supporting those ambitions in every way possible.   Today is a great example of the benefit of practical partnership working and a concentration of what really matters in Scotland - improving the lives of people who live here.  “

Alastair MacGregor, Chief Executive of ACHA added

“New homes like these are vital in providing a stable foundation for families in Dunoon.  The construction of these homes has also provided 25 quality jobs and training and it is a positive reflection on the joint working of ACHA, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council.

He further added

“Could I thank Michael Russell for the proactive support he has given to assisting ACHA in securing housing investment into Argyll and Bute.”

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Well Done Leyla

Argyll Homes for All, which is ACHA’s subsidiary company delivering repairs contracts has just appointed Leyla Williams to the post of Assistant Manager.

Leyla from Oban joined the ACHA group in 2013 following graduation.  Since then, she has worked in both Housing Management and Repairs.  Her new role will see her become an Assistant Manager with responsibility for supporting Repairs Contracts for all the Association’s stock in Oban, Lorn and the Isles and Mid Argyll and Kintyre.

Alastair MacGregor, the ACHA Group Chief Executive commented

“I am delighted at Leyla’s success through competitive interview in securing this management role in an area that traditionally young women have not gone to for a career path.  We have supported Leyla in her Construction Management courses which have been a key part in her direction of travel”.

He further added

“I wish Leyla all the very best in her new role which reflects a further example of ACHA’s work in growing and developing young people in the business”.

Leyla Williams commented

“Over the past 2 years, I have thrown every ounce of energy into my job as a Contract’s Administrator. Being promoted to Assistant Manager, means all the hard work has paid off and I can start to put into practice the theory I have learnt from my Business management degree and current studies in Construction Management. I can also begin my journey as a line manager and look forward to training and supporting members of the team.  Admittedly, I work in a male dominated environment and it is humbling that neither my gender nor my age has prevented me from succeeding at Argyll Homes For All.”

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ACHA Membership Prize Draw

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) recently held its 2016 Membership Prize draw and the winners, each receiving a hamper of goodies, were announced as:

Mrs Daldry, Cardross (Helensburgh & Lomond)

Mr Crichton, Rothesay (Bute & Cowal)

Ms Henderson, Campbeltown (Mid Argyll & Kintyre)

Mrs Twort, Connel (Oban, Lorn & Isles)

Share membership is open to anyone residing within Argyll and Bute aged 16 years and over. The '£1 for life' membership entitles you to vote at the Association's Annual General Meeting, including the right to vote on the elections to the Board of Management. Once a member you may also put yourself forward for election as a volunteer onto the Board of Management.

You can download a membership application form from the Association's website; www.acha.co.uk or you can pick one up from any of ACHA's offices.

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