Job Vacancy

Head of Corporate Services

Salary – EVH Grade SM9-11 £52,660- £55,306 (from 1 April 2018)

Shire Housing Association Ltd is a successful progressive housing association based in Cumnock, East Ayrshire committed to delivering our Business Plan vision of “Great Homes, Great People, Vibrant Communities”. We own and manage almost 1,000 homes across East Ayrshire, provide estate maintenance services to around 900 owners and have an annual turnover of over £4million.

We are looking to recruit a skilled finance professional to join our Management Team. Reporting to the Association’s Director and working closely with our Management Board, the post offers a fantastic career opportunity to play a pivotal role in the development of our business plans, and financial strategy. Providing strong leadership to our Corporate Services Team you will also be responsible for a range of activities including Governance, I.C.T. and performance management.

Applicants should have a minimum of five years management experience, and should be a fully qualified accountant. Experience of working in a Housing Association environment is desirable, but not essential.

The post offers generous terms and conditions including flexible working hours, contributory pension scheme, 25 days annual leave and 15 Public holidays.

For an informal chat about the post contact Jim Munro, Director-01290 428014.

Click to download an  Application Pack  or contact Elaine Nimmo at the Association’s office on 01290 421130.

Closing Date: 12.00 noon on 3rd April 2018.

Shire Housing Association welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equal opportunities. This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Scotland check.

 

Sad News

Long-serving Shire Housing Association Board Member Edith Young has died suddenly.

Janet Allan the Chairperson of the Association commented: “Everyone at Shire Housing is shocked and saddened to hear of Edith’s sudden death. She was a very dedicated and loyal Board Member who made a large contribution to the transformation of the Association over recent years and to her community in Newmilns.”

Director Jim Munro added: “Edith worked tirelessly for the Association and her local community in her role as a Tenant Board Member. She also played a prominent role in the success of the East Ayrshire Care and Repair Service. Her death is big loss to the Association, and she will be sadly missed by everyone at Shire Housing Association.”

The Association sends our condolences to Edith’s family.

Job Vacancy

Clerical Assistant Six month Fixed Term Contract

Salary – EVH Grade 4, £19,827 to £22, 421 per annum

Shire Housing Association Ltd is a successful progressive housing association based in Cumnock, East Ayrshire committed to delivering our Business Plan vision of “Great Homes, Great People, Vibrant Communities”. We own and manage almost 1,000 homes across East Ayrshire, provide estate maintenance services to around 900 owners and have an annual turnover of over £4million.

This post offers an opportunity to join our hard-working staff team, and is for an initial six month period whilst we complete a staff structure review. Reporting to the Head of Customer Services the postholder will provide high quality administrative and organisational support helping us deliver excellent front-line services to tenants and external partners.

Ideally the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Excellent customer care skills;
  • A track record of effective team working;
  • Experience of working in an office environment;
  • Administrative and organisational Skills;
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft packages; and
  • Experience of data recording, processing and record management.

Experience of working in a Housing Association environment is desirable, but not essential. The post offers generous terms and conditions including flexible working hours, contributory pension scheme, pro-rata 25 days annual leave and 15 Public holidays.

For an informal chat about the post contact Lynn Miller, Head of Customer Services.

Click to download an  Application Pack  or contact Elaine Nimmo at the Association’s office on 01290 421130.

Closing Date: 12.00 noon on 9th March 2018.

Shire Housing Association welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is committed to promoting equal opportunities. This post is subject to a Basic Disclosure Scotland Check.

Well Connected Communities

In 2016, people with mental ill health told us what it was like to live in rural areas. They said that they need a supportive community, and that it’s really important for them to connect in “low-level”, non-clinical ways that work for them, ideally close to where they live. This would enable them to connect with others pre-crisis.

We want to find out more about this, so we need your thoughts and ideas too. You will then be able to help us see how support can be designed and delivered in rural parts of Scotland.  This is Phase 1 of a project, and based on what we find out, we are hoping to move to a Phase 2, where some ideas can be tested in rural Scotland.

Please complete the online survey using this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WYF3TXN

All your answers will be treated totally confidentially and cannot be traced back to you. We will not disclose any personal details. We will not give away your precise location. When we pull people’s answers together, we will simply group the findings under similar ages, genders, approximate geographical area etc. so that we can see what people are suggesting as the main ideas and ways forward.

If you have any questions about this, please feel free to contact RHalley@supportinmindscotland.org.uk.

Many thanks in advance for taking the time to answer these questions.

Survey Closing Date Friday the 2nd of March 2018.

 

Rent Consultation Thank You!

We would like to thank our tenants for taking the time to respond to the annual rent increase proposals and to let you know how your response helped our Board to decide which option to approve.

The Board met on 31st January 2018 to review the responses from tenants. The majority of tenants, 59.18% preferred Option 1, to increase rents by 2.5% with 24.48% preferring Option 2 – 3.0% and 16.25% either had no opinion or suggested no increase.

The Board reviewed all your comments and decided to approve the lower increase of 2.5% to both minimise the impact on tenants and deliver the service and home improvement expectations that tenants want.

We really value your contribution which helps influence and shape our decisions and would like to hear from you if you would be interested in becoming more involved with us.

Please contact Ann Black  on 01290 421130 for an informal chat for further information on our Tenant Panel or become an Armchair Critic from the comfort of your home.

RESCHEDULED EVENT: Consultation: Proposed Rent Increase and Home Improvement Plans 2018/19

Please note our Consultation Event today has been rescheduled due to the weather.  New dates for both events have been arranged – full details below.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

As you know, each year we consult with tenants on our rent proposals and home improvement plans for the coming year.

Our Management Board values your views to help them make an informed decision on what matters most to tenants for the year ahead. We are providing a number of methods to encourage as many tenants as possible to take part in the consultation. You can feedback your views by:

  • completing the free online questionnaire at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3XW53CW
  • returning the questionnaire which will be posted to all tenants; or
  • by emailing info@shirehousing.com; or
  • attend one of our consultation sessions on 22nd or 24th January 2018;
    • Session 1:  6.00 pm at Patna Community Centre, Patna on Monday 22nd January 2018.
    • Session 2 :  11.00 am at Dumfries Arms Hotel, Cumnock on Wednesday 24th January 2018.
  • by telephoning the office on 01290 421130 or visiting our office.

A full copy of our consultation booklet can be downloaded for your information from our Downloads page.

The consultation period runs throughout January 2018 and will close on 20th January 2018.   Your feedback will be presented at the Board meeting on 31st January 2018 to help Board to decide the level of rent increase for 2018-19.