Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd. was founded in 1984, has 2334 socially rented properties and 429 Factored properties in management, (and growing) and is the leading social enterprise in Ayrshire. With headquarters in the seaside town of Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, CHA operates in the local authority areas of North and East Ayrshire.
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Cunninghame Housing Association’s Board of Management and staff took the opportunity to mark Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney’s 25 years of service at a small ceremony on Thursday 19th February 2015.
Frank joined the then Three Towns Housing Association as Director in January 1990 when the Association had 65 houses. Some 25 years on, Frank is now Chief Executive of the Cunninghame Housing Association Group of Companies which comprises the Housing Association and its two subsidiary companies; Cunninghame Furniture Recycling Company and Citrus Energy Ltd. The Association now has over 2300 units in management and a staff of 98.
The Cunninghame Housing Association Group have become just the second organisation in Scotland to achieve the three top awards from Investors in People Scotland; namely IIP Gold accreditation; the IIP Health & Wellbeing award; and the newly launched Investors in Young People accreditation.
This represents a fantastic commitment to the people within the Cunninghame Housing Association Group, and demonstrates a further commitment to continuous improvement.
Achieving the IIP Gold accreditation puts Cunninghame Housing Association in the top 7% of all IIP accredited organisations in the UK. This represents a true commitment to employees and demonstrates a solid foundation of good practice which remains challenging and aspirational for many organisations.
The IIP Health & Wellbeing Award illustrates that Cunninghame Housing Association have recognised the importance of employee Health & Wellbeing and have taken measures to ensure that it is not only at a high level, but through the Award, also measurable.
Being one of the first recipients of the newly launched Investors in Young People Award demonstrates Cunninghame Housing Association’s desire to continually and effectively recruit, develop and retain young people.
Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland, Peter Russian said “To achieve Investors in People Gold accreditation, or the Health & Wellbeing award, or the Investors in Young People award is a fabulous achievement in their own right. But by being one of the first organisation’s to accomplish all three awards is a real mark of the high esteem in which Cunninghame Housing Association hold their people. As one of the first fifty organisations in Scotland to achieve the IIYP accreditation their dedication to the employment and development of young people cannot be understated.”
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association, commented: “In 1999 the Association became the first housing association in Ayrshire to be awarded Investors In People accreditation, to achieve all three prestigious accreditations some 15 years later, all at the same time, is richly deserved and testament to the commitment of both our staff and our voluntary Board of Management in always striving to achieve best practice, continuous improvement and investment in all our people.
Council Leader Willie Gibson said: “This is a fantastic achievement and underlines the commitment Cunninghame Housing Association has made to their employees over the years.
“We have worked closely with them and I’ve seen for myself the way they’ve developed staff and processes. It is a fantastic, forward-thinking organisation. “I’m sure we can both continue to invest in all of our staff and encourage further participation and development”
At an event in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 11 November 2014, Cunninghame Housing Association presented the results of two studies into the social return generated for local communities in North and East Ayrshire by its Lemon Aid fuel poverty initiative and financial inclusion team over the past year.
The reports produced by leading consultants Social Value Lab, established that for every £1 invested in the initiatives a social return of between £5.71 and £6.20 was achieved - with particular benefits for local residents in terms of increased disposable income, reduced anxiety leading to improved health, more secure tenancies and increased confidence and skills in dealing with fuel, debt and money advice management issues.
Funding for both initiatives is provided by the Big Lottery’s Support and Connect Fund whilst the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund provides support towards training allowances and skill development for the trainees recruited by Lemon Aid.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Last year, Cunninghame Housing Association was one of 123 projects to benefit from our Support and Connect fund, which invested £19 million in supporting communities and families facing increased financial hardship. We awarded the organisation £136,183 to help tackle financial inclusion, fuel poverty and unemployment in the local area. As this new report shows, the project has made a significant contribution to the lives of thousands of people in greatest need and I am pleased that our funding made this possible.”
Lemon Aid has two main social aims - addressing fuel poverty in Ayrshire and creating local training and employment opportunities for unemployed residents. The project supports households to reduce their energy costs by helping them to switch to the best deal available from a range of providers and by providing a home energy advice service. The Financial Inclusion Service aims to provide money advice, debt management support, benefits maximisation services and advocacy to residents in Ayrshire.
The event followed on from Cunninghame’s success at the recent Scottish Social Enterprise Awards where the Association received the Prove It Social Impact Award from John Swinney MSP Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, The Scottish Government.
Local MSP Kenneth Gibson, who hosted the event at the Scottish Parliament stated:- “I was delighted to host a reception in Holyrood on behalf of Cunninghame Housing Association, which has the deserved reputation of being one of the most innovative and imaginative housing providers in the country.
The huge social return for a modest investment that the Lemon Aid fuel poverty initiative and the Financial Inclusion Team have delivered, shows the way forward for such projects and I congratulate Cunninghame Housing Association for once again leading the way.”
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association commented:- “The social return on investment and the impact that it has had on peoples’ lives to disadvantaged people within our communities has proved to be in some cases life changing. More investment is very badly needed in the areas of fuel poverty and financial disadvantage.”
Copies of the Social Return on Investment reports for CHA’s Lemon Aid service and Financial Inclusion service can be obtained by contacting Jackie Keegan, PA to the Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association Tel 01294 606005 or email email@example.com