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Argyll Community Housing Association Renews its Commitment to Tenant Participation

Argyll Community Housing Association recently strengthened its commitment to involving tenants in all that it does in the newly updated Tenant Participation Strategy.
Released at the same time, the updated Get Involved leaflet highlights the engagement options that are available to tenants across Argyll. There are options to suit all & many do not involve a lot of commitments on the individual’s time.
Both documents are now available on our  website (www.acha.co.uk) or at any of our Local offices.

Argyll Community Housing Association believe engaging tenants is vital to building thriving communities.

Tenants can choose their own level of involvement. Life membership costs only one pound & members can vote at our Annual general meeting. Other options include activities such as joining the Tenant Consultation Register, our Your Voice Scrutiny group ,forming or becoming a member of your local Tenant and Resident Association, the Tenants Panel or even being elected to the  ACHA Board or Area Committees..
 
Christine Johnston, ACHA’s Director of Housing & Neighbourhood Services commented.” We really want to encourage as many tenants as possible to get involved with ACHA and really appreciate their feedback. By becoming involved tenants have a stronger voice in how we run things and access to learning more about our work.”

If you would like more information on any of the ways you can get involved with ACHA further information is available by contacting our communications team at communications@acha.co.uk  or your local ACHA office.

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ACHA 10 Years On

Argyll Community Housing Association is 10 years old on the 21st November.  On the 21st November 2006 the Association was formally registered and took over ownership of just over 5,000 affordable homes from Argyll and Bute Council as part of the then Scottish Government’s Community Ownership Programme.  Argyll and Bute tenants had voted the previous year to transfer to ACHA with a vote of 89.6% in favour.

Over the 10 years since 2006 ACHA has modernised its homes to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard with an investment programme of over £120million.  Since 2009 the Association has been an active provider of new build housing having built over 300 new homes with plans to build up to another 220 in the next  4 years.

There have been a number of milestones for ACHA over the years such as the 1000th modernised home, the establishment of an extensive welfare rights service, the programme of new offices, the establishment of Argyll Homes for All the Association’s repairs subsidiary, its Customer Service Centre and Growing our Own.

To recognise the Association’s 10th anniversary ACHA’s Board have agreed to set up its 10/10/10 initiative.  This initiative  will invest £10,000 per year for 10 years in 10 schools in Argyll and Bute every year, to work in partnership with Argyll and Bute Council to support young people in particular areas where there are clearly identified needs.

Jim Milne, the Chairman of ACHA’s Board, commented

“The ACHA 10/10/10 initiative is aimed at strengthening the relationship between ACHA and the population of Argyll and Bute by reversing the declining population in our area. This initiative is aimed at assisting our young people to grow, to work, and ultimately to remain within their communities in the future.  I know I speak for all those in the ACHA family in urging Argyll and Bute schools to take up, and make best use, of the resource provided through this initiative over the coming 10 years.”

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive, added

“The 10 years seem to have gone by in a flash.  At a personal level it has been a roller-coaster.  The Association has achieved so much as a young organisation.  It would not have happened without the three way partnership between ACHA’s voluntary Board and Area Committee members, the ACHA and AHFA staff teams, and our tenants.  We have done a lot but we have so much more to do to meet housing need in all its guises throughout Argyll and Bute.  I would just like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to get us to where we are today.”

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ACHA Builds 10 New Homes by the Sea

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has just completed 10 new family homes next to the sea at Bowmore on the island of Islay.  The development has been called Ceol a Chuain in Gaelic, which translates into Ocean Music in English.

The 10 new homes for affordable rent are a mixture of family homes of different sizes and adds to the 20 completed by ACHA on the same site in 2014.  The housing has been built by M & K MacLeod of Lochgilphead.  The official opening was carried out by Councillor Robin Currie, the Housing Convenor of Argyll and Bute Council and an Islay resident.

Councillor Currie was assisted at the opening by Coisir Og Ghaidhlig Ile and Ms Libby Morris who chose the successful name for the development at this year’s Islay Show.

The new development cost £1,735,923 and funding contributions came from the Scottish Government, ACHA and Argyll and Bute Council.  During the construction between 40 and 50 tradesmen were employed on the site including apprentices.

Commenting at the opening, Councillor Currie said

“I'm delighted to be opening a further 10 houses in Islay which are badly needed. Not since the 1960s have we seen so many houses being built on the island and I'm absolutely delighted that the Council was able to partially assist financially. I wish everyone all the best for the future in their new homes“

Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s Chief Executive added

“We have a considerable demand for housing on Islay.  I am delighted that ACHA, the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council, through the sum of their parts have funded these 10 new homes.  Homes for our families and young people are vital for the future of islands such as Islay”.

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