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Game on for Grenfell

Local housing services will come together on the football pitch to help those who lost their homes in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Teams from ACHA (Argyll Community Housing Association) and Argyll and Bute Council will kick off at 4.00pm on Friday 28 July, at the all-weather sports pitch at Lochgilphead Joint Campus, in a 90-minute fundraising match for Grenfell Tower residents.
The teams will be captained by respective Chief Executives Cleland Sneddon for Argyll and Bute Council and Alastair MacGregor for ACHA.

Cleland Sneddon commented:

“No-one who witnessed the terrible tragedy at Grenfell Tower can be unmoved by the loss of life and the impact felt by the families who lost everything in the fire. Council and ACHA employees do a lot to raise funds for different causes. To help people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, staff have arranged this charity football match. The focus is on raising as much as we can for people in need and we will welcome all support given.”

Alastair MacGregor added

“All of us have been affected by what happened at Grenfell Tower.  The housing family is a large one and while we are many hundreds of miles away we felt we had to do something.  Hopefully this event will do two things.  Firstly, it will send a message of solidarity to the victims and survivors of Grenfell from Argyll and Bute as they rebuild their lives and, secondly, hopefully through the generosity of the public, we can raise some money to help those affected.  At a personal level, I hope I can last 5 minutes before being substituted.”

If you would like to help people affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, you are invited to make a donation at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/argyll-bute


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ACHA Makes its First Awards in the 10 10 10 Initiative

Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) has just completed its evaluation of the first applications from Argyll and Bute Schools to the 10 10 10 Initiative.

This initiative was launched in November 2016 to commemorate ACHA’s 10 years as a housing association with a 10 year bequest of £10,000 per year to support initiatives in Argyll schools brought forward by pupils.

The first awards have gone to Tiree High School, Tarbert Academy, Port Ellen and Bowmore Primaries on Islay, Rockfield Primary, Oban, Iona Primary on Iona, Kirn Primary, Cowal, Lochdonhead Primary on Mull and Achaleven Primary in Connel.

The awards have ranged from £963 to £1,700 and have covered a range of initiatives including developing digital skills, textile printing and fabricating, developing a nature trail, recycling initiatives, a childs play facility, and instruments and music development resources for the performing arts.

Alastair MacGregor,ACHA’s Chief Executive said

“I am delighted that the first year of the 10 10 10 Initiative has brought us projects that can now go forward with two secondary schools and seven primary schools benefiting.  The Association wanted our 10th anniversary to have a legacy.  The young people of Argyll and Bute are our future and this funding supported by the environment of our schools will help their development on a variety of fronts.”

Ann Marie Knowles, Argyll and Bute Council’s Executive Director of Community Services said:

“I fully welcome the 10,10,10 programme. It provides increased opportunities for our children and young people to participate in a range of learning experiences and I look forward to our continued positive partnership with ACHA.”

The 10 10 10 legacy will run for 10 years with £10,000 made available per year to support grass roots school initiatives in Argyll and Bute.

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ACHA Tackles Anti Social Behaviour

Argyll Community Housing Association was recently successful in obtaining an Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) against a member of the public who regularly visited the village of Kilcreggan and acted in an anti-social manner.  This included being disorderly, shouting and swearing at residents.  The conduct of the individual was such that it caused nuisance, fear and alarm to members of the community.  Officers from ACHA worked with residents to build up a case history file which was a key piece of evidence in court.  The outcome was the issuing of an ASBO which prevents the perpetrator acting in such a manner again.  Crucially, it also prevents them from even visiting the street where the worst of the incidents took place.  Any breach of these conditions would be a criminal offence which would lead to instant arrest.

ACHA’s Regional Manager, Yvonne Angus, stated “anti-social behaviour is a nuisance that, unfortunately, affects so many neighbourhoods.  We at ACHA are determined to tackle this problem head on and to support communities affected by the issue. This specific case was particularly challenging for both staff and tenants but I am pleased with the successful outcome".

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