Award for Longpark Tenants and Residents Association

Pictured: Stella Murphy, Ann Neilson and Ian Macpherson

CHA is delighted to announce the stunning success of one its tenants groups. At the recent TPAS Gala Dinner Awards night, the Longpark Tenant’s & Residents’ Association from Kilmarnock won the prestigious Tenant & Resident Group of the Year. This national good practice award is sponsored by the Scottish Government and was supported by Fife Council.

 

The award presented to the group by Scottish Television’s weatherman, Sean Batty, was for the tireless work and commitment group members give to their local community. The range of involvement and support offered by the group impressed the judges along with the many diverse local community events organised by the group.

 

The Group’s Secretary, Stella Murphy, admitted she was totally surprised to win the award, but was over the moon. She added, “the award is a nice recognition for the work the committee members do and more importantly gives Longpark more positive publicity. This award helps to show that Longpark is a great place to live with a great community spirit.”

 

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association stated: “for the Longpark Tenants’ & Residents’ Association to have won this prestigious award is fantastic. Longpark is a vibrant community with a strong tenants’ and residents’ Group, this award recognises their hard work and that of our Community, Participation & Engagement Officer, Ian Macpherson.”

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Pictured: Stella Murphy, Ann Neilson and Ian Macpherson

CHA is delighted to announce the stunning success of one its tenants groups. At the recent TPAS Gala Dinner Awards night, the Longpark Tenant’s & Residents’ Association from Kilmarnock won the prestigious Tenant & Resident Group of the Year. This national good practice award is sponsored by the Scottish Government and was supported by Fife Council.

 

The award presented to the group by Scottish Television’s weatherman, Sean Batty, was for the tireless work and commitment group members give to their local community. The range of involvement and support offered by the group impressed the judges along with the many diverse local community events organised by the group.

 

The Group’s Secretary, Stella Murphy, admitted she was totally surprised to win the award, but was over the moon. She added, “the award is a nice recognition for the work the committee members do and more importantly gives Longpark more positive publicity. This award helps to show that Longpark is a great place to live with a great community spirit.”

 

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association stated: “for the Longpark Tenants’ & Residents’ Association to have won this prestigious award is fantastic. Longpark is a vibrant community with a strong tenants’ and residents’ Group, this award recognises their hard work and that of our Community, Participation & Engagement Officer, Ian Macpherson.”

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A community working together to regenerate Hill Street

CHA, working in partnership with East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government, held an official ceremony on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 to mark the progress achieved to date on the site of the new build development at Hill Street, Kilmarnock.

 

The event was attended by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Local Government and Housing who was there to officiate and recognise the progress of the works on the site since the project commenced in September 2016.

 

A total of 45 houses and flats, all for rent is being delivered on the site comprising a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom general needs houses, amenity cottage flats for older and less mobile people as well as 2 properties designed specifically for those with wheelchair needs.

 

A total of £3.55 million has been awarded in grant from the Scottish Government.

 

The project will take around 13 months to fully complete with overall completion scheduled for October 2017.

 

The main contractor, Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd, is working closely with the Association to deliver a programme of Community Benefits with 4 new apprentices all from Ayrshire starting as a result of this project. In addition, Ashleigh is mentoring a local young person from Kilmarnock Academy and offering them career advice, assistance with presentation skills and with time management.

 

The perimeter hoarding which surrounds the site has been painted by local school pupils from Kilmarnock Academy, Hillhead Primary and St Joseph’s Academy. The schoolchildren approached the task with enthusiasm and enjoyed the experience. Ashleigh has also visited the local schools to give presentations to the pupils about the construction works and the importance of Health & Safety as well as running design competitions for the pupils with prizes offered to the successful pupils.

 

Frank Sweeney, Cunninghame Housing Association’s Chief Executive, commented “As well as Community Engagement playing a key role in the delivery of this project, there are also clear economic benefits with new apprenticeships and training opportunities being at the heart of this new development.

 

“The project is another example of partnership working providing quality houses for rent. We are delighted once again to have the support of our strategic partners East Ayrshire Council and the Scottish Government to enable us to deliver these new high quality homes.”

 

“From a works tender sum of £5.36 million for the Hill Street site we believe that circa £4.7 million or 87% will be recirculated within the Ayrshire economy through the contractors own trades, suppliers and sub contractors”.

 

Minister for Housing Kevin Stewart MSP said: “I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s affordable housing supply programme is able to support this project with a grant of £3.55 million. This will support the delivery of these affordable, high quality homes and will help address the demand for social rented housing for people in the East Ayrshire area. We have committed to deliver 50,000 more affordable homes, with 35,000 available for social rent, over the next five years, backed up with investment of more than £3 billion. Projects such as this one today marks another step on the road to delivering that pledge.”

 

Cllr. Reid, Leader of East Ayrshire Council stated: “This next phase of regeneration will really make a massive physical change to the Central North area of Kilmarnock and I am really looking forward to a vibrant and transformed Hill Street/Montgomery Street, where we will have helped to create a neighbourhood in which people will continue to be proud to live.”

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Host, Arlene Stuart from Radio Forth with Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive, Cunninghame Housing Association being presented the Exceptional Contribution by a CIH Member Award by Esther Wilson, Vice-Chair of CIH Scotland.

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.”


Helping Out Hazeldene
Planting seeds for the future - NAC and CHA visit Hazeldene. L-R Frank Sweeney, Caitriona McAuley, Allison McColl, Joe Cullinane, and Robby Gass of Hazeldene Horticulture

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.”

Regeneration Journey Begins in Ardrossan
From Left to Right: Steven Good - CHA Director of Property Services, Janet Strang - Chairperson, David Smith - Joint Management Director of Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd, Linda Anderson - CHA Executive Director of Operations, Kevin Stewart MSP - Minister for Local Government & Housing, Cllr. Tony Gurney - North Ayrshire Council, Allison McColl - CHA Director of Corporate Services, Provost Joan Sturgeon - North Ayrshire Council, Frank Sweeney - CHA Chief Executive

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:-

 

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.”

Celebrating 25 Years at the Helm of CHA
The Association’s Chair, John Steele and the Leader of North Ayrshire Council, Cllr. Willie Gibson presented Frank Sweeney with a gift in appreciation of his service.

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.

CHA Group - Triple Triumph with Investors In People
"..and the award goes to..." CHA proudly receive the new accreditations from Peter Russian, Chief Executive of Investors in People Scotland

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”

 

Cunninghame Prove Social Impact on Communities
CHA staff pictured with copies of the Social Return on Investment Report for Cunninghame's Lemon Aid and Financial Inclusion services.

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 jkeegan@chaltd.org

New Chairperson for CHA Board
John Steele, the new Chairperson on CHA's Board of Management.

Cunninghame Housing Association’s Board of Management elected John Steele to the position of Chair at their AGM in August 2014.

 

John joined the CHA’s Board of Management in 1996, was elected as vice chair in 2009 and served in that position up until he took up the post of Chair in August 2014. John takes over the role from outgoing Chair, Ron Richards, recent recipient of EVH’s Helen McGregor Award 2014.

 

John said: The Board members have a wealth of experience and the staff work together as a very successful team. I look forward to Cunninghame Housing Association continuing to go from strength to strength.

 

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of CHA, said: “our new chair has an in-depth knowledge of the Housing Association’s sector and his leadership of the Board of Management will benefit the Association”.

Success at Ayrshire Business Awards
Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney receives the Health at Work award on behalf of CHA for the second year running.

Cunninghame Housing Association is delighted to announce winning the Health At Work Award at the Ayrshire Business Awards for the second consecutive year.

 

The ceremony was held in The Seamill Hydro Hotel on Thursday 9th October 2014 and Members of CHA’s Board of Management, the Chief Executive and representatives of the staff’s Health and Wellbeing Working Group were in attendance to receive the award from Westfield Health the Award sponsor.

 

Commenting on the award, Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney, said: “Another first for CHA in winning this very prestigious award two years in a row. The staff have done a tremendous job in making health at work and healthy working lives prominent within the organisation. My congratulations to them, this is a splendid result.”

CHA - Supporting The Ayrshire Hospice
Amanda Harris of The Ayrshire Hospice receives the big cheque from association Chairperson, John Steele and Chief Executive, Frank Sweeney.

On Friday 24th October 2014 CHA celebrated its 30th anniversary year at a celebration event in the Seamill Hydro. This event was sponsored by various partner organisations who also donated prizes for our charity raffle.

 

We would like to thank all our sponsors and all those who donated prizes which helped us raise the fantastic amount of £1,116.50 for this year’s annual charity, The Ayrshire Hospice.

 

CHA staff will continue to raise funds throughout the year for the Hospice by running special events such as sporting challenges, bake sales, book sales and we’ll keep you posted on how much was raised in total early April 2015 after the end of the financial year.

 

Amanda Harris from the Ayrshire Hospice visited Cunninghame Housing Association on Friday 7th November 2014 to thank all those involved and to receive the cheque from the Association’s Chairperson, John Steele, together with Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of the Association.

Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch
Pictured left to right: Norman Brown, Co-ordinator and Phyllis Biggar, Treasurer of Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch are presented with a cheque for £250 by Alison Keith of CHA

Representative from Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch were presented with a cheque in the amount of £250.00 from Alison Keith, Vice-Chair, of Cunninghame Housing Association’s Property Services Sub-Committee on Tuesday 15th April 2014.

 

Norman Brown, Co-ordinator said: “The Group were delighted to receive the donation from Cunninghame Housing Association as it would help fund a number of local events being organised to celebrate 2014.”  In closing, Norman thanked the Board of Management of CHA for their support.”

 

Alison Keith, CHA Board Member stated: “Accepting our stated commitment of “Making Our Communities Better Places”, the Association actively looks to give, where possible, its financial support to local projects/initiatives that give benefit and added value to the community.  The Beith Orr Park Neighbourhood Watch group does exactly that and our Voluntary Board of Management is delighted to be able to support this local group.

Danielle Joyce Swims to Success with CHA

The Board of Management of Cunninghame Housing Association is delighted to support local swimming sensation, Danielle Joyce double European Champion and 6 times World Record breaker.

 

Danielle has just returned from the European Championships in Saransk, Russia (23rd-28th June 2014) where she represented Team Great Britain at the 11th European Deaf Swimming Championships. Already a multiple World Record holder Danielle was hoping to add to her medal collection, but even she could not have dreamed of the success she would achieve. Danielle returned home to Stevenston with an amazing 9 medals (2 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze), she also broke the World Record in the Womens 200m Backstroke with a time of 2:25:38 and the European Record for the 50m Backstroke with a time of 31:53.

 

Commenting on Danielle’s success, Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association said: “The Association has over the past ten years offered financial support to a number of local youngsters to help them achieve success in their chosen sport. From our perspective, Danielle’s achievements are testimony to what North Ayrshire youngsters can achieve.”

 

Ron Richards, Chair of Cunninghame Housing Association commented: “It is fantastic that Danielle continues to be a successful sportswoman and ambassador for North Ayrshire, Scotland and Great Britain, she is certainly an excellent role model for other youngsters to follow.”

North Ayrshire Foodbank
Pictured left to right: Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of CHA Ltd, Craig Crosthwaite, North Ayrshire Foodbank and Ron Richards, Chair of CHA Ltd
Photo: Charlie Gilmour

As part of Cunninghame Housing Association’s vision of ‘Making Our Communities Better Places’ the Board of Management took the decision to support this much needed community initiative.

 

Based in Ardrossan the North Ayrshire Foodbank, since its launch in December 2012, has:-

 

  • Distributed 2,880 Food Boxes
  • Fed 3,596 Adults / 1,651 Children
  • Collected 45.7 Tonnes of Food
  • Distributed 44.7 Tonnes of Food

 

Looking at these statistics and assessing the current economic climate, which sees more and more people struggle to make ends meet and put food on the table, our Board decided to act and support by donating £3,000 to North Ayrshire Foodbank. This funding will further support the service so that it can continue to serve families in our local community forced into crisis by the rising cost of food and fuel resulting in people being unable to buy food.

 

All people who receive assistance from the Foodbank are referred by Care Professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police who issue the person with a Foodbank Voucher. The client then brings their voucher to the Foodbank Centre where it can be redeemed for three days emergency food. Volunteers meet clients over a cup of tea or free hot meal and are able to signpost people to agencies able to solve the longer-term problem. The North Ayrshire Foodbank also runs a rural delivery service, which takes emergency food boxes to clients living in rural areas who cannot afford to get into town.

 

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association stated:- “the voluntary work and effort by the Foodbank volunteers deserves the funding support from CHA and it is hoped that this will help provide much needed help for families in our local community.”

 

Craig Crosthwaite, from North Ayrshire Foodbank, commented:- “Asked what makes an organisation resilient I stated the belief that there was a need for three things. Somebody who sees a need, others who agree and join together to address that need with the third being those with funds to contribute to ensure it happens. North Ayrshire Foodbank appreciates this investment from Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd ensuring the 115 volunteers can go forward and help those facing a food crisis in our communities. 2386 people have been assisted in the December to July period excluding 130 children through the activity club “Make a meal of it”. It is only by working together that we can marshal the resources to support our neighbours across all the communities of North Ayrshire and reduce hunger amongst our children”.

Saltcoats Sea Queen Festival
Pictured: Ron Richards and Frank Sweeney of Cunninghame Housing Association Ltd with Isabella Salvona, Alice Bruce and Lorna McVey of Saltcoats Gala Committee
Photo: Charlie Gilmour

Representatives from the Saltcoat’s Gala Committee were presented with a cheque in the amount of £1,000 from Ron Richards, Chairperson and Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association (CHA) on Thursday 10th July 2014.

 

Isabella Salvona, of the Gala Committee said: “The donation from one of the main sponsors, Cunninghame Housing Association, secured the future of the Gala and allowed plans to progress for the main event next weekend.”  In closing, Isabella  thanked the Board of Management of CHA for their donation and their continued support.”

 

Ron Richards, Chairperson of Cunninghame Housing Association commented: “That the Association are committed to supporting local organisations who work so hard to bring an event such as the Gala to Saltcoats each year.”

 

Frank Sweeney, Chief Executive of Cunninghame Housing Association stated: “Accepting our stated commitment of “Making Our Communities Better Places”, the Association actively looks to give its financial support to local projects/initiatives that give benefit and added value to the community.  The Saltcoats Gala does exactly that.  Having given our financial support over the last seven years our Voluntary Board of Management are again delighted to be able to support this excellent local community event.”