Voluntary Board Member Opportunity

Would you like to help make a difference for the people and communities of East Ayrshire? Are you looking for an opportunity to put your skills to good use? Why not consider becoming a Voluntary Board Member of Shire Housing Association?

We are a Registered Social Landlord and Charity providing services to 962 affordable rented homes across East Ayrshire, with an annual turnover in excess of £4.8 million. The Management Board provides strong strategic leadership to our staff team, creating a dynamic and progressive organisation to help us achieve our Business Vision of “Great Homes, Great People, Vibrant Communities”.

We are looking to recruit additional Board Members who have a range of skills and personal qualities that will strengthen our leadership and direction into the future. The role presents a fantastic opportunity to support and challenge staff ensuring we continue to provide high quality housing and the services that our tenants and communities want. Are you interested?

For further details please contact Jim Munro, Director on 01290 421130, or email info@shirehousing.com or write to us at Shire Housing Association Limited, Netherthird House, Netherthird, Cumnock, KA18 3DB.

Eydent Event: Putting people first: health and home UPDATE

We are delighted to publish the programme for our conference at Seamill Hydro on 24 October 2019.  It includes speakers like Josh Littlejohn, from Social Bite; author, musician and social commentator Darren McGarvey, and Public Health Medicine Expert Dr Neil Hamlet.  Eydent is an alliance of Ayrshire Housing Associations – Shire Housing Association, Ayrshire Housing Association, Atrium Homes and ANCHO. Please have a look at our exciting programme HERE and to find out more about how to book a place, please click HERE.

Invitation to Tender – Independent Satisfaction Survey

Shire Housing Association are inviting suitably qualified companies to submit a proposal and quotation to undertake a comprehensive satisfaction survey of our tenants, and owner-occupiers. The surveys will analyse the views of our tenants and owner-occupiers about the services offered by the Association and meet the requirements of the Annual Return on the Charter. The survey methodology must comply with the guidance issued by the Scottish Housing Regulator in May 2016 ‘Conducting surveys of tenants and service users: A Guide’

Based in Cumnock, the Association owns and manages 962 social rented properties and provides ground maintenance services to approximately 900 owner-occupied properties across 15 communities in East Ayrshire. Our properties include mainstream and amenity housing. We wish to commission a comprehensive tenant satisfaction survey, and smaller survey of owner-occupiers.

Results of the survey are a key driver to enable us to evaluate and improve the services that matter most to our customers. Survey fieldwork should take place in late Summer 2019, with a detailed report analysing results being presented to the Association’s Management Board no later than November 2019.

Information on the proposed methodology should be included with the proposal. The methodology must include, engagement with our customer base at the survey design stage and a range of methods to conduct the survey including face-to face interviews. The tenant satisfaction survey should ensure a minimum 40% response rate to enable meaningful analysis and statistical accuracy.

Submissions will be evaluated on a 70% quality and 30% price ratio. Proposals should be marked “Tenant and Owner Satisfaction Survey Tender” and returned to: Lynn Miller Head of Customer Services Shire Housing Association Limited Netherthird House Netherthird Cumnock KA18 3DB

Alternatively, proposals can be emailed to lmiller@shirehousing.com

Submissions must be received by 12 Noon on Friday 26th July 2019.

Proposals received after this time and date will not be considered

Shire Housing Association Limited is a Registered Charity No: SC038664

Eydent Event: Putting people first: health and home

Following on from the success of their 2017 Conference, Eydent-an alliance of Ayrshire Housing Associations – Shire Housing Association, Ayrshire Housing Association, Atrium Homes and ANCHO- are delighted to announce details of their upcoming housing conference Putting people first: health and home which is taking place at Seamill Hydro Hotel on 24 October 2019. Lorne Campbell, the Chairperson of Shire Housing Association commented: “Putting people first: health and home is the theme of Eydent’s 2019 Conference. It focusses on the importance of good quality social rented housing in improving the health of our communities. The conference is open to everyone to attend. We have already secured excellent keynote speakers including the social entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn, author, musician and social commentator Darren McGarvey, and Public Health Medicine Expert Dr Neil Hamlet. Over the next few weeks we will be issuing more details about the event, which is being managed by SHARE on behalf of Eydent partners”. You can book your place/s and find out more about the event HERE.

Calling Local Contractors

We’re looking to explore interest for gutter cleaning and maintenance from small local contractors. Do you have capacity to carry out this work? Can you provide a Health & Safety compliant method statement? Do you carry the necessary liability Insurance to carry out such work? If the answer is yes, and you want to work with us, please e-mail us at info@shirehousing.com by 30th April 2019 to note an interest.

JLL – Valuation Survey

Attention all Customers; We’re surveying next week. We have appointed John Lang Lasalle to survey a sample of our properties. They may visit your property and ask for access. If they do, we would ask for your co-operation to let them carry out an inspection of your home. We do this regularly to make sure our properties are well maintained and they help to inform our future plans. The surveyor will be carrying a JLL Surveyors identification badge together with a letter of Authority from us. Please remember to ask for identification before letting anyone into your home. If you have any concerns , please call us on 01290 421130 and we will be able to verify the identification of surveyors. Thank you so much.

Change of Shire HA Chairperson

Chairperson – Janet Allan

The Association’s current Chairperson, Janet Allan, will step down from the role and the Management Board on 21 December 2018 due to personal commitments.  Janet has led the Management Board since 2014 and overseen the transformation of the Association.  After nomination, Vice-Chair, Lorne Campbell, was elected as the new Chairperson and member Hugh Carr accepted the position of Vice Chair. Existing Office Bearer, Nick Allan remains the Convenor of the Audit Committee.

Paying tribute to Janet Allan, Lorne Campbell stated: “Janet has been a driving force in the improvements made to the Association over the last few years. The Management Board and Staff are hugely grateful for her hard work and dedication in strengthening the Association, particularly its governance.” The Association’s Director, Jim Munro, also commented “Janet has been hugely influential in creating a strong dynamic organisation that will continue to flourish thanks to her hard work.”