CHAP operate a Housing Advocacy service in North Ayrshire which provides free, confidential advice, information and advocacy support on housing and housing related issues. They also offer Welfare Rights and Money Advice which provides support for people who have multiple and/or complex debt issues.
They have launched a new website this week, which contains useful information and downloadable documents on housing, debt and welfare rights issues. They have also launched a new online advice service where people in North Ayrshire can chat to a trained advisor about their situation.
To find out more you can visit their website at chap.org.uk or call 01294 475636.
Lots of people across the country are suffering from a loss or reduction in income just now. If you’re struggling with money, there is lots of support out there. From information on how to claim benefits, to grants you might be able to apply for, this handy guide rounds up some of the help available just now.
The Scottish Government, Scottish Housing Regulator and Scottish Federation of Housing Associations have up to date guidance and information on what is expected from social landlords, like ANCHO, during the coronavirus outbreak.
If you’d like to find out more, you can visit their websites:
Scottish Housing Regulator
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
Ready Scotland has published a helpful guide to organisations that provide advice and support to anyone needing it during the coronavirus crisis. This guide is regularly updated and is well worth a visit if you or someone who know would benefit from accessing some of these services.
We understand that this is a worrying time for many people and that you may be suffering from a loss of income. We know that some of you may be worried about your rent as well as other bills.
We want to reassure tenants that we will not be taking legal action to evict tenants where financial hardship is suffered as a result of coronavirus.
Those affected by coronavirus who are concerned about paying their rent can claim Universal Credit from the Department for Work and Pensions which includes support for housing costs, if eligible. The UK Government has introduced some temporary changes to make this easier.
As a not-for-profit housing association, rent is our only source of income. It enables us to pay for the services we provide. It goes towards vital repairs and improvements, not only for your home, but for other homes across Scotland. If your ability to pay rent hasn’t been affected by coronavirus and you do not pay your rent, we will follow our usual arrears procedure, which could lead to you losing your home.
We are here to support you and if you have any concerns about your ability to pay your rent, please contact us as soon as possible. The earlier we know, the sooner we can help you.
Our team is on hand to help you with any money worries. They can talk you through your situation and the options available to you, including benefits and other help and support you can access.
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With the ongoing COVID-19 situation at the forefront of everyone’s mind, we wanted to assure you that the health and safety of our tenants, other customers, contractors and staff is our absolute priority.
The commitment from ANCHO is that we will adhere to the guidance issued by Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Government. Our employees and contractors are fully aware of their responsibilities and are undertaking the highest possible levels of health and safety to safeguard themselves, tenants and others against the risk of infection.
We have set up a dedicated Incident Management Team that is meeting daily to coordinate our response and ensure we maintain, wherever possible, our services to tenants and other customers. We aim to keep you informed, through our website, and through our Facebook page, so please check back regularly.
The latest update is:
We all understand this international crisis will likely get worse before it gets better. We greatly appreciate your support and patience while we adjust to new working arrangements. This is a fast-moving situation, we are monitoring it closely and will keep you posted. If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us. Stay safe.
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19), we have been closely monitoring the situation.
The health and wellbeing of our tenants is paramount, and we are taking steps, in line with UK Government and Public Health guidance, to minimise the risk to tenants and staff.
At present, the risk to ANCHO tenants and customers is considered low. However, there are a number of steps you can follow to help keep yourself and others safe.
For more information about coronavirus and how you can protect yourself, please visit NHS Inform.
The staff team at ANCHO are celebrating after being named as one of the best companies to work for in the UK.
ANCHO, as part of Cairn Housing Group alongside partners Cairn Housing Association, was named in the list of the 100 best not-for-profit employers in The Sunday Times Best Companies Awards.
The Awards recognise organisations for creating a workplace where employees feel valued and motivated.
The survey was completed by 90% of employees across Cairn Housing Group and analysed engagement across all aspects of working for ANCHO and Cairn, from relationships with managers to giving something back to the community.
Ley-Anne Forsyth, a Housing Officer in Cairn’s Inverness office, who travelled down to the award ceremony in London said: “It was inspiring to hear about other not-for-profit organisations that had also picked up an award.
“We received a special commendation for our work with tenants who have mental health issues. This is the reason we all come to work, to help our tenants as best we can, and it felt particularly special to have that recognition for our frontline teams.”
Michael Allan, Cairn’s Chairperson said: “It’s a wonderful result for the Cairn Housing Group to be counted in the top 100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK.
“We know that having engaged staff makes for a happier workplace and better services to customers. Building on these high levels of employee engagement year after year is a great achievement and acknowledges the hard work and commitment of our team.”
ANCHO’s newly elected Chairperson, Mary Black, has welcomed six new members to its voluntary Board. ANCHO recently completed a formal Governance Review and is celebrating a successful recruitment campaign which will bring extensive new skills to the Board, adding to the skills and experience of existing Members.
Mary Black, Chair of ANCHO, said:
“I am delighted to have been elected as the Chairperson of ANCHO’s Board. This is an exciting time to be part of ANCHO, with significant investment being delivered as part of the partnership with Cairn Housing Group. This is improving tenants’ homes and we have a shared determination to provide the very best possible services to our communities.
“We are extremely grateful to Dr Sonya Campbell-Perry for the contribution she made to ANCHO as our Chairperson and we wish her well for the future. We are also thankful for the service of John Rodgers, Lesley Sheppard and Sian Hughes who have stepped down as Board members.
“We have everything in place as part of Cairn Housing Group to meet the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, and our six new colleagues will make a fabulous contribution to our work through 2020.”
Steven Travers, Leanne Stirling, Kelly Arrol, Nigel Fortnum, Colin Love and Michael Donnelly are joining the ANCHO Board and bring with them decades of collective experience in strategy development, property management, accountancy, digitisation, human resources, social enterprises and charity fundraising.
Cairn Housing Association Chairperson, Michael Allan, said:
“ANCHO’s Board is in great shape with six new members and Mary Black will lead the Association with a passion for promoting the interests of tenants and other customers. On behalf of everyone at Cairn Housing Group we are thankful to Sonya, John, Lesley and Sian for their service and we look forward to working with Mary and our new colleagues.”
ANCHO is committed to promoting additional opportunities for tenants and other customers to become Board members. Interested individuals are invited to contact ANCHO for an informal discussion about potential future board membership.
Please note that the office will be closed on Friday, 27 September 2019 and Monday, 30 September 2019 and will re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday, 1 October 2019.
If you have an emergency repair during this time please call the main office number (01294 313121) and select the appropriate option:
This is where we will let you know about anything new thats happening at ANCHO.
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