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.
The Association is run by a voluntary Board of Management of 16 members, is a Registered Charity and registered society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 Whether you are a CHA tenant wishing to find out more about our services or someone who is looking to rent a home and join our Waiting List or one of our Factored Owners you will find all of the information you need within our website.
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The Association produces an annual Charter Performance Report each year for its tenants and service users. This is a vehicle for us to report back on our annual performance against our targets to our tenants and service users. In this report we compare our performance with that of previous years, and also with similar social landlords, to allow tenants to make an informed judgement of our performance. At Cunninghame our Tenants Working Group compiles our report each year and we would like to thank them for their efforts in producing a reader-friendly document which meets the needs and expectations of all our tenants. Our most recent Performance Report, looking back at our performance in 2015/2016, can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
CHA Performance Report 2015-2016 (6897 KB)
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association won the prestigious ‘Exceptional Contribution by a CIH Member Excellence Award’ at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual awards ceremony held in Glasgow on Friday 11th November 2016.
“This award highlights outstanding professional achievement and individual personal contribution by a CIH member working in the housing industry. The winner of this award will have demonstrated a professional commitment to their organisation or the communities they work in. They will have made an outstanding commitment to their profession. The award winner will be an inspirational role model for those working within the housing sector and embracing the ethics and professional standards underpinning CIH membership.” (Chartered Institute of Housing)
Commenting on the award, Frank Sweeney said: “As the Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, I am delighted to have won the Excellence Award in this the Institutes centenary year.”
Janet Strang, Chair of Cunninghame Housing Association said: “The Board of Management is absolutely delighted that our Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney, has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing for his professionalism, commitment and personal contribution to the Housing profession. This is a tremendous achievement, especially so given that at the Awards Ceremony, the Presenter announced that this was the first time ever in this award category that the recipient had scored the maximum perfect 10 in all of the award criteria from all of the Judges.”
Esther Wilson, Vice-Chair of CIH Scotland stated: “Frank is clearly a dedicated and committed housing professional who has made an exceptional contribution over a long career. He clearly provides exceptional leadership within his organisation and is a worthy winner of this award.”
The Minister for Local Government & Housing, Mr Kevin Stewart MSP carried out the official ground breaking at the Ardrossan Harbour, Montgomerie Street site, Ardrossan, North Ayrshire on Thursday 18th August 2016.
This landmark event marks the regeneration of the empty brownfield site which Cunninghame Housing Association purchased from Clydeport in March 2007.
A total of 70 houses and flats, all for rent will be delivered on the site comprising a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom general needs, amenity and wheelchair flats and houses with £5 million allocated in grant towards this project by the Scottish Government.
The work will be on site for a 16 month period with overall completion scheduled for December 2017.
Minster for Housing Kevin Stewart said: “I would like to congratulate Cunninghame Housing Association for responding so positively in providing affordable homes on this site, and I pleased the Scottish Government were able to support this with a grant of £5.8 million.
We need to maintain and increase the supply of new affordable homes to help meet the housing needs of our people. This development will provide 70 much needed high quality homes for a mix of families, older people and wheelchair users. It will be modern, contemporary and highly energy efficient, as well as delivering community benefits.”
The main contractor, Ashleigh Scotland Ltd, is working closely with the Association to deliver a programme of Community Benefits with 3 new apprentices all from Ayrshire being recruited as a result of this project. In addition the strategic partnership has created the following community benefits:-
• Work experience placements for students from local schools (3 week placements with Ashleigh)
• One to one mentoring of a local young person over a 12 month period. The contractor has a meeting arranged with Ardrossan Academy after the school holidays and a young person will be selected to be mentored by Ashleigh. It might be someone who has expressed an interest in trades/construction and they will have the opportunity to visit sites, talk to site managers, and discuss their own employment pathway and receive advice on same
• Primary school engagement (visits by the contractor and competitions for local school children)
• Ashleigh will also support/sponsor a local sports Association or community group
• The vast majority of the contractors supply chain are Ayrshire based
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association commented: “We are delighted once again to have the support of our strategic partners North Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government to enable us to deliver these new high quality homes, together with a raft of community benefits.”
“From a works contract sum of £7 million from the Montgomerie Street site we believe that circa £6.1 million will be recirculated within the Ayrshire economy through the contractors own trades, suppliers and sub contractors”. This is what strategic partnerships can deliver.”
Cllr. Tony Gurney, North Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Place, said: “We are delighted to work alongside Cunninghame Housing Association and the Scottish Government to help deliver this important project.
Over the last two years, a close working relationship between the Council and the Scottish Government has resulted in the site being incorporated within the current Strategic Housing Investment Plan and form a key part of this year’s North Ayrshire Development Programme.
Now, work can begin to transform this site, creating around 70 new homes which will bring much-needed accommodation for those waiting on social housing.”
As well as the Montgomerie Street site, Ashleigh will also deliver an additional 2 sites at both New Street, Stevenston and Stanley Primary School, Ardrossan on behalf of CHA. These 2 sites combined will provide an additional 38 units and will both commence on site during March 2017.
The contractor will also incorporate these 2 additional sites into the pipeline for their apprentice intake for next year resulting in another 3 or 4 further new start apprenticeships.
David Smith, Joint Managing Director, Ashleigh (Scotland) stated: “We are excited and very proud about our involvement in the Montgomerie Street project. As a company dedicated to investment in developing the young workforce and in particular our apprenticeship programme, a project like this can make such a difference and positive impact to us. To be involved alongside Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd, who share such a similar ethos, gives us confidence in a future pipeline of work that can take a young person from school leaver to a fully qualified trade person and make a real impact on them and us as a company.”
North Ayrshire Council leader Joe Cullinane has said he is positive about the future of Kilwinning’s Hazeldene Horticulture.
The pioneering facility – which provides training opportunities for people with learning difficulties – faced an uncertain future earlier this year before proposals were put in place for the council to form a new Public Social Partnership (PSP) with Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA).
Since then, the council and CHA have been working in partnership to find a viable and sustainable way forward for Hazeldene, which would allow it to flourish once again.
Councillor Cullinane and CHA Chief Executive Frank Sweeney recently visited Hazeldene, which is based at Blair Road, to see the facility and hear first-hand about the plans.
Following the visit, the council leader said : “I’ve been really impressed by Hazeldene and the work carried out by the team here.
“Speaking to the Manager Robby Gass you can see how enthusiastic and ambitious he is for Hazeldene and it was great to hear about the work he and his team are doing and his plans for the future.
“The council is very supportive of the efforts to come up with a proposal which will allow Hazeldene to thrive and I’m looking forward to a report coming forward to Cabinet for consideration.”
Recently, Hazeldene Horticulture was included in the council’s Social Impact Pledge which is an undertaking to support and help people from a wide range of backgrounds across North Ayrshire.
Cabinet members agreed to develop the partnership with CHA to create employment and training opportunities at Hazeldene in one of three pledges it made.
Hazeldene Horticulture was originally set up as a partnership between North Ayrshire Council and Enable Scotland to support people aged 18-65 with learning disabilities train for work.
However, the future of the facility was cast into doubt when Enable pulled out earlier this year.
The council and CHA have agreed to formulate proposals for a new Public Social Partnership with a view to finding a sustainable way forward for Hazeldene while also allowing it to remain true to its original ethos by providing training and supported employment opportunities for service users.
Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of CHA, said: “The partnership staff team between the council and CHA continues to work towards securing the start of this journey for Hazeldene.”