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Go Ahead and "Tap the App"

Tenants of Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) will now be able to take advantage of two new ways to make a payment to the association via their smartphones with the introduction of the Allpay app and the Pingit app.

All you have to do is simply visit the app store applicable for your device and download the app.  The apps are free of charge and setting them up are quick and easy with clear on-screen instructions. A dedicated helpline is available from both providers if you need assistance.
When making a payment via our website, select Pingit from the options, and you will be guided through the process.  The Allpay app can be used on its own without the need to go via our website.

These two new payment methods are in addition to the internet payments already available at www.acha.co.uk, calling our Freephone number 0800 0282755 and by using your Allpay card at any PayPoint outlet.

ACHA’s Chief Executive Alastair MacGregor commented

“We want to make it as easy as possible for our tenants to make a payment.  We appreciate that people lead busy lives and their time is valuable.  By using these applications, it will take only a moment and tenants can be rest assured their details will be held securely.”


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ACHA and AHFA staff in Lamont House, Helensburgh attend Emergency Life Support training facilitated by Heartstart Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary

On Friday 15th July 2016, eight members of staff from Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) and Argyll Homes for All (AHFA), the Association’s repairs subsidiary, completed a two hour Emergency Life Support training session, run by Sheenah Nelson and colleagues from Heartstart Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary, Helensburgh and Local District Defrillator Association, Charity Number SC005716.

The training was carried out following the recent installation of a Defibrillator on the exterior of Lamont House.

Heartstart Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary is an initiative co-ordinated by the British Heart Foundation to teach members of the public what to do in a life-threatening emergency.

ACHA’s Chief Executive. Alastair MacGregor, commented;

“Following the installation of the defibrillator at our offices in Helensburgh we thought it vital that training support was given to staff to be able to use it if the need ever occurred.  I would like to thank colleagues for attending the training and obtaining the skill set to deal with an emergency.”

Staff members were taught how to deal with life threatening situations including:

  • dealing with an unconscious person
  • the signs and symptoms of a heart attack
  • recognising a cardiac arrest and performing CPR
  • dealing with choking
  • dealing with serious bleeding.

Sheenah Nelson, Heartstart Co-ordinator for Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary commented;


“It was a pleasure to deliver Heartstart/Defibrillator Awareness training for your members of staff following the installation of a PAD (Publically Accessible Defibrillator) on the outside of Lamont House.  Thank you to ACHA for hosting the valuable, life-saving piece of equipment, which may at a later date be a vital piece of the chain in saving a life.  To date three lives have been saved in the community.”

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ACHA secures final part of the deal for a further Connel New Build

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) have been able to secure the final two pieces of the jigsaw to build a third phase of affordable homes in the village of Connel, north of Oban.  Argyll and Bute Council confirmed planning approval this week and ACHA were then able to acquire the site.

The Scottish Government, Argyll and Bute Council and ACHA had given a commitment earlier to fund the new development.  It will be made up of 10 homes for affordable rent comprising of 4 x 3 bedroom houses, 2 x 2 bedroom houses and 4 x 2 bedroom flats.  The total cost of the project will be in the region of £1.6million.

This announcement confirms the total number of affordable units on the site will be 28.  The first phase of 8 units was completed in May 2015, the second phase of 10 units is currently on site and due to be completed in October.  It is intended the third phase will go on site in the summer of 2016.

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

“This is good news for those in housing need, for jobs, and the future of Achaleven Primary School in the village as the family homes will bring in young children.”

He further added:

“This is not just about homes for the future but jobs as 50 construction workers, including 5 apprentices will be employed on the site during the contract duration.”

Councillor Roddy McCuish, Chair of the Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee of Argyll and Bute Council commented:

“I am delighted at the announcement of these much needed homes in the village of Connel. I am also pleased to note the partnership working between ACHA, Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Government. This will go some way to addressing the housing shortage in the Oban Lorn and the Isles area, but we must continue to build these much needed houses.”

The ten new homes will be built by M & K MacLeod Construction of Lochgilphead.

Kenny MacLeod, Managing Director of MacLeod Construction commented regarding the Connel Site:

“MacLeod Construction Ltd. are delighted to be working with ACHA again on the development at Connel. Not only will this provide much needed housing for the local community, it will also provide continued employment for our workforce and allow us to provide much needed apprenticeships for the construction sector.”

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