ANCHO and Cairn Housing Association are formally exploring the establishment of a constitutional partnership which will have a total of 4200 homes under management across 22 local authorities. The potential partnership would increase the financial and business resilience of the combined organisations and put in place an important new housing group in the Scottish sector.
In a joint statement from the ANCHO Chair Jackie Brown and Cairn’s Chair Simon Guest, they said:
This is a positive and voluntary partnership driven by shared ambitions for high quality services, achieving value for money and more investment in existing homes and new developments. This prospective partnership is an exciting venture where we are choosing to explore the tangible benefits of pooling skills and resources. This will create better services to tenants, keep rents affordable and create capacity to do more for our local communities. Both organisations are financially strong, with good performance and high standards of governance. Both have distinct histories and strengths and we both feel that there is a real opportunity to jointly create something that is great for our current tenants and future customers.
In a joint statement from ANCHO’s Director, Elaine Gibson and Cairn’s Chief Executive Jason MacGilp, they said:
Cairn is an ambitious housing organisation with a clear vision to deliver great homes and great services, with great people. Cairn works with communities across Scotland to achieve a positive impact on the quality of lives of customers. Similarly, ANCHO, based in North Ayrshire, has an ambitious vision to continue creating thriving communities and excellent levels of customer service. Our shared vision and core values and focus on benefits to tenants are closely aligned which gives confidence about the cultural fit and shared approach for the prospective partnership.
The prospective partnership between ANCHO and Cairn will bring considerable new investment into the Ayrshire economy, a continued local service based in the community and a guarantee to keep rents affordable. The partnership also offers the potential capacity for building much needed new homes in Ayrshire.
Subject to due diligence, detailed work on the business case, a positive outcome of a ballot of ANCHO tenants, and final partnership agreement being reached, it is anticipated that there could be significant advantages to ANCHO tenants and the local community. Indicatively, these benefits could include :-
There will be full consultation with ANCHO’s and Cairn’s tenants over the coming months and any final proposed partnership will depend upon regulatory approval, Board approvals, lender consents and the outcome of a ballot of ANCHO tenants next Summer 2017.
Our 16th Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday, 24 August 2016, in the Board Room, Sovereign House, Irvine.
As usual all ANCHO Members were invited and the meeting was also open to the general public.
At the AGM, the Members received reports from ANCHO’s Chair and from our Auditor.
Members then elected Board Members to fill some of the available vacancies on our Management Board.
ANCHO’s new Management Board for 2016/17 are:
There are currently five vacant Board Member positions. If you are interested, please contact Elaine Gibson, Director.
ANCHO’s 10th annual Community Fun Day was held at Redburn Community Centre on 12 August 2016. A combination of fun and access to a wide range of information about services and initiatives within the area, it was attended by almost 120 people, despite the weather not being the best on the day.
With all activities indoors due to the weather, there were bouncy castles, facepainter, balloon artist, music therapy and an extensive range of stalls giving health, money and other advice and tips.
If you weren’t there, you missed out – remember to come next year!
ANCHO had been given a number of basketballs by Everwarm Limited Scotland at their Community Fun Day back in autumn 2015, and Director, Elaine Gibson, was determined that they would be put to good use. She made a connection with Ayrshire Tornadoes Basketball Club, and the new basketballs were donated to the club’s young members this weekend at Dalry Primary School.
Recently renamed Ayrshire Tornadoes Basketball Club was originally founded in 1991 and was then known as Troon Basketball Club. The Club now boards a player pool from all over Ayrshire and the West of Scotland and has teams playing at national and regional level. The Club has won every competition available for men at national level and has also produced a succession of players who have represented Scotland at various stages. The Club’s home games are based at Dalry primary school which has excellent facilities for players and spectators alike.
‘I’m so glad we were able to support the Ayrshire Tornadoes Basketball Club in this way. It’s a brilliant feeling to be able to support young people and I hope that we will be able to develop an ongoing relationship with the club in the future.’
CFRC will be hosting a FREE “up cycling” workshop with designer Emily Bevan- Pritchard of www.emilyrosevintage.co.uk on Saturday 31st October between 10am -2pm.
Emily hopes to hold 2-3 sessions lasting approx. 1 hour 15 mins of up to 10 people at a time during which she will demonstrate the use of Fusion Mineral Paint and how to decoupage an image onto furniture. She will bring along a finished piece, possibly a chair that shows the techniques that can be learned. People will learn on boards and guides will be issued for take away.
If you are interested please call in on the free phone number 08002218083 or on 01294 475650 in the first instance and reserve a space. Once numbers have been confirmed interested participants will be contacted and a session time will be confirmed.
ANCHO’s 9th annual Community Fun Day was held at Redburn Community Centre, Irvine, recently. A combination of fun and access to a wide range of information about services and initiatives within the area, it was attended by almost 200 local people.
There was the usual bouncy castles, Fitba4u ran ‘Beat the Goalie’, the KA Activator Van was on-site, and, inside the hall, there was an extensive range of stalls giving health, money and other advice and tips.
There was Laughter Workshops, a Vox Box for people to have their views filmed, a Balloon Race, a facepainter, a Basketball competition, Throw the Sponge, and local company Hoots Owls introduced youngsters to their wildlife.
And, most excitingly, our Future Proof youth theatre team put on two outstanding live performances – Live Street Theatre like Irvine have never seen!
A few pictures from last years Community Fun Day
Every August since 2007, we have held a Community Fun Day in the Redburn Centre, Irvine, just before the school holidays end. This year is no different! The event, to be held on Friday 14 August 2015 from 11.00am to 3.00pm, is designed to allow the community to have some fun, whilst at the same time enabling adults to access a wide range of information about services and initiatives within the area.
And, most excitingly, our FutureProof youth theatre team will be putting on two live performances at 12.00pm and 2.00pm – Live Street Theatre like Irvine have never seen and not to be missed!
As usual, there will also be bouncy castles, Fitba4u will be running ‘Beat the Goalie’, the KA Activator Van will be on-site, and there will be the usual extensive range of stalls giving health, money and other advice and tips. Stalls will include North Ayrshire Credit Union, Victim Support, Adult Learning, Fresh Ayrshire, Age Concern and many more.
There will also be Laughter Workshops, a Vox Box for people to have their views filmed, a Balloon Race, a face-painter, Sumo Suits to play in, Hoots Owls will be introducing youngsters to their wildlife, a Basketball competition, Throw the Sponge and an ice-cream van.
We love our annual Community Fun Day and we know that people look forward to it. We hope as many people as possible join us on the day, and, most of all, we hope the weather is good too!
This is where we will let you know about anything new thats happening at ANCHO.
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