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Community Garden

(posted 6th September 2017)

On Tuesday the 22nd of August, our gardening group visited Govanhill Housing Association and South Seeds to hear all about their projects, their wonderful volunteers, and to share ideas across communities. We're definitely feeling inspired by the delicious food being grown, the colourful spaces, the stories shared, and the enthusiasm from all involved. Thank you so much for having us and we look forward to trying out some of your hints and tips.


Come along on Tuesdays between 1 and 3pm to get involved. No experience necessary and lots of tea, coffee, and biscuits!



 
AGM 2017


32nd Annual General Meeting, Monday 14th August 2017 at 7.00 pm


The 32nd Annual General Meeting of Cassiltoun Housing Association was attended by 42 members; this represents 16% of the membership.  Many thanks to our members for attending.



The AGM was informed of the Association’s financial performance for the year 2016/17 by the Association’s auditor, Scott Moncrieff.


The Association’s Chairperson, Anna Stuart MBE, informed the members that throughout the year, the Board had sought additional assistance from independent sources to help us gain further assurance about our overall performance .  The Chair intimated that she was delighted with the Association’s progress in 2016/17, as we achieved what we set out to achieve.  The Association’s operations team have performed well controlling rent arrears and reducing the rent lost to empty houses.  We had achieved improved performance in many arears of the Tenants Charter such as lets to homeless people (Section 5 referrals) and the time taken to deal with anti-social complaints.


Overall, our staff team have performed very well, this is further evidenced in our Tenant Satisfaction Survey, which demonstrated high levels of customer satisfaction with our staff’s response, attitude and willingness to help and resolve problems. 


During the year, the Association achieved the “Healthy Working Lives” gold award, which demonstrates our commitment to being a good employer.  The Association believes that staff who have excellent working conditions and who are supported, will deliver the best for our community.  It is worthy of note that the staff absence from work was recorded at 1.03% on the 31st March 2017. 

As an Association, we can demonstrate how opportunities become reality for many local people as we regularly highlight in all our publications.

I would like to thank all our partners and volunteers for their support which the Board and Cassiltoun Housing Association greatly appreciate.

Our nursery employs 19 people many of them local Castlemilk residents and I hope that the nursery develops further in the years ahead to create even more jobs and training places for local people.


The Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Millar outlined that 2016/17 had been another year of strong performance by the Cassiltoun Group led by Cassiltoun Housing Association.


The Group had achieved its strategic and operational objectives.

The Association’s performance is underpinned by a planning framework which is regularly reviewed and tested.  Increasingly our Board are seeking greater assurance from independent advisors when reviewing performance and setting new planning targets.

During the year, the Association sought out tenants views by conducting an Independent Tenant Satisfaction Survey.  Full results from the Survey can be obtained from the Associations web site.  We also carried out a Stock Condition Survey to help the Association reassess the requirements on major repair replacements like kitchens, bathrooms and central heating systems.  When we carry out independent surveys we always hope to learn how we could do things better.  We fully intend to make some changes to help us respond to areas where our tenants think we can improve.

The Association has created an ambitious new build housing plan and have gained the support of Glasgow City Council to take forward development plans to build 41 new homes at 3 sites known as “Barila 3”.  Barlia 3 should be on site by May 2018 and complete by May 2019.

The next development phase will see the Association explore the options for the vacant land on Castlemilk Drive.  Glasgow City Council have also provided funding for a feasibility study at another site located off Barlia Drive, known as the “nursery site”.

We provide many services for local people such as our Welfare and Money Advice services.  This service has been hugely successful and well received by our tenants and other local residents. 

Throughout 2016/17 many people have benefited from the opportunities created by the Cassiltoun Group:-

•Employment


•Training


•Social activities


•Other learning opportunities


The Chief Executive intimated that he was very proud of the staff team at the Association and Stables Nursery who continue to give their all to help the group achieve what we set out to at the start of the year.

2017 will be the 10th year since the Stables opened and since 2007 Cassiltoun Housing Association has continuously improved, delivered more services, provided greater diversity and offered hundreds of local people opportunities for work, training, recreation and activities to combat issues faced by people such as isolation.  In 2017 we will celebrate 10 fantastic years operating from the Stables by highlighting our work.

Externally the political and economic world continues to throw up new challenges and risks therefore our attention to planning and testing our assumptions is vitally important.  The Chief Executive was pleased to report that in 2017 the Association is as strong and viable as it has ever been and predicated to remain so for many years to come.  Our subsidiary businesses are also making improvements and are also on track for continued long term stability.

I would like to acknowledge the commitment of our Board members across the Cassiltoun Group, who give so much of their time to support our work.  Of course our tenants also contribute by participating in the many events and activities and they help to create that source of community that we value so much.

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Management met to elect new office bearers and to agree the meeting timetable for 2016/17.
 

The 2017/18 officer bearers are:-

Chairperson                      Anna Stuart MBE

Vice Chairperson              George Kelly

Treasurer                          Teresa McGowan

Secretary                          Evelyn Ferguson

 

The remaining Board Members are:


Adam Milligan                     Board Member

Robert Brennan                  Board Member

William Craig                      Board Member

Teresa Sadler                     Board Member

Jim Garrow                         Board Member

Julie McNeil                        Board Member

Debbie Mackenzie              Board Member


 
Garden Party

10th Anniversary of the Opening of Castlemilk Stables

(posted 7th August 2017)


Cassiltoun Housing Association’s subsidiary Cassiltoun Trust celebrated the 10th anniversary since the multi award winning Castlemilk Stables opened on Friday 4th August 2017.

Over 100 invited guests joined Board members, Tenants and staff to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Castlemilk Stables.

Anna Stuart MBE, Chair said “Our local MSP James Dornan placed this motion in the Scottish Parliament which summarises our work perfectly”

“That the Parliament notes the celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the Castlemilk Stables; considers that the stables has become a paragon of a community-led regeneration initiative, which houses business and third sector organisations that provide training, education and many forms of social engagement and social activities, breaking down social isolation and improving residents health and employment opportunities; congratulates the Cassiltoun Trust and its partners for their stewardship of the stables; notes the multiple awards that the last ten years has brought, and looks forward to the next ten years bringing many more achievements”.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive Officer Cassiltoun Group said “Castlemilk Stables project has punched way above its weight in terms of its contribution to the social and economic improvements in Castlemilk.  The 10th anniversary is a significant milestone, well worth celebrating”.


Pictured (left to right):-

Anna Stuart MBE, Chair Cassiltoun Trust

Bailie Councillor Glenn Elder, Glasgow City Council

Anne McChlery, Director, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust

 
Youth Group

Youth Group visits Auchengillan

 

(posted 6th July 2017)


On Wednesday 5th July 2017, 16 local young people enjoyed a day of water walking, archery, laser tag, pedal karts, and grass sledging in the beautiful setting of Auchengillan Outdoor Centre.  Our Youth Meet-Ups Group worked hard to fundraise for the transport.  A huge well done to them!  Opportunities like these rely on our young people sharing their ideas, getting involved in making them happen and ensuring the day is a success, so thank you to all who participated!



 

Cassiltoun Achieves IIP Platinum Standard

(posted 30th June 2017)


Cassiltoun Housing Association is very proud to announce that it has been awarded Platinum accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to high performance through good people management.  In achieving Platinum status, the Association has demonstrated that it and its people are going above and beyond to ensure on-going success.

The Association was assessed as being  “high-performing” across seven of the nine IIP framework indicators. The report highlighted that staff at all levels of the organisation felt motivated to achieve and continually improve.  Staff recognised that each individual plays a key role in contributing to the success of the business. This motivation was enhanced by the evidence of strong leadership and high levels of autonomy among staff, who felt they are working in a supportive environment with an open and transparent culture.

Collaborative working at all levels of the organisation was observed and a true sense of pride in delivering to a high standard, demonstrating that core company values of collaboration, people-focus and professional integrity were deeply embedded across the Association’s practices and staff behaviours.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive

Myself and the Board of Cassiltoun Housing Association are absolutely delighted to be awarded the IIP Platinum status. We pride ourselves in being a good landlord and delivering an excellent customer service.  We value all of our employees and invest in them to deliver high standards. We strive to create an environment where our staff enjoy coming to work and, in turn, are able to give their best, which ultimately benefits our tenants.


Anna Stuart MBE, Chairperson “The Board are thrilled to achieve the IIP Platinum Award as it represents a true commitment that we are employing the best people who deliver a high customer service to our tenants and clients.  We believe in providing ongoing training and development opportunities for all of our employees and providing a work place environment that inspires them to be the best that they can be. Our approach has resulted in a committed workforce that is dedicated to delivering the best customer service to our tenants and clients”.


 
festival of sports 2017

Sun Shines at Festival of Sports

 

(posted 23rd June 2017)

As part of Cassiltoun Trust’s 10th Anniversary celebrations, we hosted a Festival of Sports at Castlemilk Stables and the local woodlands.  Working in partnership with ParkLives, Drink Wise Age Well and The Bike Station, local people were able to enjoy a whole range of sports related activities, as well as our Fun Run and 5 Loop Challenge.  Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers who helped make the day happen!

 
Group Edin

Stables Space Agents Arrive In Edinburgh

(posted 28th April 2017)

On Sunday the 23rd of April, our Youth Meet-Up group had a team building day in Edinburgh.  From finding out how to get there, exploring the National Museum of Scotland, navigating their way around, to becoming agents in the Can You Escape? room, a lot of team work was required!  There were many ‘oooos’ and ‘aaaaas’ at the fantastically interactive museum and a lot of working together, communication, and patience required to solve the problems in the Escape Room.  Well done everyone that took part, it was a great day!

This Youth Meet-Up group is open to Cassiltoun tenants and residents aged 16-25 who want to meet regularly to work toward achieving the aspirations they have for themselves and for their communities.

 



 
Kerr Practice

Kerr Practice Keen To Collaborate

(posted 28th April 2017)

On Thursday the 20th of April, we welcomed the Croftfoot Kerr Practice to Castlemilk Stables to hear about all of our projects, how to take part, and what to tell others who are thinking of getting involved.  In partnership with Urban Roots and the NHS Health Improvement Team, we wanted to explore ‘social prescribing’ whereby GPs can refer or signpost people to local non-clinical services, if that best would meet their needs.   Recognising that health is holistic and can often be aided by getting involved in local activities such as health walks, arts, community events, and gardening, the Kerr Practice were keen to learn about the range of opportunities offered. Someone commented, “I had no idea this park was here, you could be anywhere” and “So many people have come to mind that would benefit from these projects”.  Thank you for your visit, Kerr Practice, we look forward to welcoming more people to our groups, events, and activities!

 

Wednesday Walks

 

(posted 27th April 2017)

New for 2017 are our Wednesday walks, working with Alzheimer Scotland to deliver these short health walks in the woods of Castlemilk Park.  These walks, which last approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour including breaks are a great way to enjoy a gentle walk and a cuppa.  Our first walk took place on 5th April and it was a wonderful summer’s day, the woods were full of bird song and we even spotted a woodpecker high up in the trees.  Our next Wednesday walk is on 3rd May at 11.00am.

 



 
step into summer

Stepping into summer

 

(posted 27th April 2017)

At 5:30pm on Monday 3rd April we wondered if we would get anyone for our first early evening summer stroll (health walk) of the year as it was a rather wet evening.  It was a pleasant surprise to see so many people and several new faces, all braving the weather.  This evening walk was a 5km walk through the woods of Castlemilk Park and with all the rain the waterfalls looked stunning. 

 

Each week we record how far we have walked as group, with the aim of breaking last year’s grand total of 1450km.  After week one, as a group we have walked a total distance of 90km (55miles).

 
Gold Award


Gold Award – Healthy Working Lives

 

(posted 9th March 2017)

Our Chair, Anna Stuart MBE and Chief Executive, Charlie Millar were presented with the Healthy Working Lives Gold Award on Wednesday 8th March at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.   The award was presented by Dr Linda de Caestecker (pictured with Anna and Charlie). 

 

Congratulations to everyone at Cassiltoun on this fantastic achievement!






 
stary night

Twinkle Twinkle little star

 

(Posted 9th March 2017)

Nearly a year ago when planning our starry night event, Tuesday 7th March looked a good choice, the planets of Venus and Mars would be fairly low down in the sky to the west, the constellations of Orion and Taurus would be good telescope targets.  Sadly the weather let us down with a cloudy sky all evening, but despite the lack of stars, everyone had a good time.   Special thanks must go to Alec MacKinnon and Jordon from the University of Glasgow School of Physics and Astronomy.  They gave us a wonderful talk about what we could have seen, sharing their knowledge and passion for the night sky. 

 
Bird Boxes

Love your feathered friends

 

(posted 3rd March 2017)

For our Community Woodland Officer this week has very much been about our feather friends.  His week started with a report of an injured bird in tenants’ garden, the pigeon was rescued and now in the care of the SSPCA.  We hosted a bird identification workshop as part of Glasgow Life’s “spring into summer” event at the Castlemilk Community Centre, where people had the opportunity to make pine cone bird feeders and learn about the birdlife on their doorsteps.  Finally pupils from St Oswalds and Hollybrook High School discovered the bird life of Castlemilk Park and made bird boxes.

 

Castlemilk Park is a great place to watch many different species of bird such as Great spotted Woodpeckers, Dippers and Sparrowhawks, to name but a few.  If you want to know more about the birdlife of Castlemilk Park, please contact our Community Woodland Officer (0141-634-2673).

 
Relax Event

Relax Event

(posted 21st February 2017)

An estimated 120 people took part in our Relax Event on Saturday  18th February.  They enjoyed hand massages, arts ‘n’ crafts, mindfulness, yoga, delicious food from The Hideaway Cafe, a treasure hunt, a participation challenge, making smoothies on the smoothie bike, and free bike maintenance. Some comments from the day below:

“That was great, I didn’t realise I had so much tension!”

“That was so relaxing, I nearly fell asleep!”.

Lots of prizes were won during our Participation Challenge where people had to find out at least one way that they could get involved in the Association to receive their free raffle ticket.  From this we have a list of names who want to know more about how they can get involved and lots of ideas to take forward.

 
snowdrops

Snowdrifts of snowdrops

 

(posted 21st February 2017)

At this time of year the woods of Castlemilk Park are carpeted with snowdrifts of snowdrops.  It was these snowdrops that formed the main focus for three recent events.  The first was on the 10th February was our ‘Cup of Tea in the Park’ event, a woodland walk to see the snowdrops followed by a cuppa in the woods.  Our photo walking club on 13th February took full advantage of these beautiful little flowers and despite poor light - achieved some stunning snowdrop photographs. 

 

The main snowdrop event was our Snowdrop Stroll on Sunday 18th February.  This guided walk was led by Cassiltoun’s Community Woodland Officer and followed in the footsteps of the generations of the Stirling Stuart family walking in the former grounds of the now demolished Castlemilk House.

 

The snowdrops here in Castlemilk Park have been here for many years, in 1860 Hugh MacDonald, in his book ‘Rambles around Glasgow’ commented “The snowdrop (galanthus nivalis) makes its first appearance near Glasgow in the early spring months. Our favourite locality however for this delicate looking but really hardy little flower is Castlemilk glen - there they are to be seen in greater luxuriance and beauty than we have ever observed them elsewhere.”    The snowdrops should still look amazing for the week, why not go for walk and see them for yourself? 

 
volunteer group 1


Volunteer session

 

(posted 21st February 2017)

A bit of a woodland tidy was the task for our volunteering session in the woods of Castlemilk Park.  We brashed up some fallen trees creating a habitat with logs and what a difference we made.  Our volunteer session is a great opportunity to do some practical work in Castlemilk Park, learn new skills and meet other people. Activities range from woodland management to wildlife surveys or park clean ups.  Remember to dress for the weather and all tools and equipment provided.  Our next volunteer session is on Thursday 16th March and will be a spring clean.

 
owl 15-02-17

Another great free community event


(posted 16th February 2017)

Our ‘All about Owls’ event saw over 220 people attend our free event on Wednesday 15th February.  Artist, Claire Sheridan, helped everyone make wonderful owl masks that the children loved.   Once again the stars of the show were the amazing selection of owls that Owl Magic brought along.  These included Tropical Screech Owls, European Eagle Owl, Barn Owl, Spectacled Owl, Little Owl, Black banded Owl and even a Harris Hawk.


Once again our owl events has been a great success, enjoyed and appreciated by the local community.  Feedback highlighted this with comments such as “Had such a lovely time, thank you all very much and “Thank you my granddaughters had a great day”.  We are pleased to confirm that Owl Magic will be returning for four events in 2017-18”

For more images please visit our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofcastlemilkpark/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1316798975048141




 
Dogs Trust

We’re supporting the Dog Trust Big Scoop 

 

(posted 14th February 2017)

This Valentine’s Day show your dog you love them and pick up their poop!  A big thank you to everyone who cleans up after their dog.  If you need a dog poop bag then call in at the Castlemilk Stables during normal opening hours (while stocks last). 

 

https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/issues-campaigns/dog-fouling/a-tail-of-true-love






 
photo walk 2017

Photo walking

(Posted 16th January 2017)

Another event, another rainy day, 2017 has not got off to great start weather wise.  This time it was our photo walk on 9th January that was affected.  Luckily just after the indoor part of the event had finished we had a break in the clouds and got some lovely light and moody skies, ideal for photography, sadly this was short lived with heavy rain returning about 30 minutes into the walk, but a least the waterfalls looked stunning.  The next photo walk is on Monday 13th February at 1.30pm, no camera, no problems, simply borrow one of ours free of charge.

 
Walk off your Christmas Spirit

Walk off your Christmas Spirit

 

(posted 16th January 2017)

After the excess of Christmas our “walk off your Christmas spirit” event was the perfect way to start the New Year.   On a rather wet and cold Friday 6th January, 5 people braved the weather and took part in this 10.5km walk.  The route took place in the woods of Castlemilk Park, before heading up to Carmmunock where we stopped for a warm cuppa before walking through Cathkin Braes Country Park stopping briefly at the view point before heading back to Castlemilk.  Despite the best attempts of the weather we had a most enjoyable walk.

 

Rent Consultation


(posted 13th January 2017)

The Association is offering a choice of rent increase for 1 April 2017 in line with the Housing Regulator's expectation of giving more options.  Naturally we want to keep rents as low as possible and balance this with the level of service we offer and amount we invest in major repairs plus day to day estate upkeep and repairs.  Major repairs will require £1.0 million of investment next year therefore our bank balance is again expected to decrease over the year.

 

The choices offered are 2.5%, 3.0% or 3.5%.  At the higher levels more income will help with requiring less loans for proposed future developments and offset the high levels of inflation we've experienced over the past 3 years.  Our inflation and higher spending on repairs is about 6% (i.e. estate and reactive maintenance).  The most recent general RPI inflation rate (published 13 December) is 2.2%.

 

Our rent levels compared to other local housing associations are published in our newsletter and on display at the office reception.  The final decision on any rental increase is to be approved by the Board in February.

 

For more information and to give us your views please click on the icon below, complete the form and email it to us at housing@cassiltoun.org.uk.

 
HWL GOLD

Healthy Working Lives - Gold Award

(posted 19th December 2016)

Cassiltoun Housing Association is delighted to announce that it has achieved the Healthy Working Lives Gold Award.  The Gold follows the Association’s earlier achievement of Silver in 2015.  

To achieve the Gold award, the Association had to demonstrate its long-term commitment to improving health and wellbeing both within the workplace and in the wider community. A strategy and action plan was developed for the next three years.  Staff views were obtained via a health needs assessment. Topics covered have included lifestyle checks; relaxation & resilience classes for both staff and the local community; training for managers on how to manage mental health in the workplace and mindfulness sessions.

Chairperson, Anna Stuart, MBE said “the health and wellbeing of our staff team is very important and as an employer we are keen to set high standards of support and care for all our staff.  Achieving the HWL Gold Award demonstrates our commitment but it also sets out the benchmark for the future.  We want our staff to know that they are highly valued here at Cassiltoun and I look forward to offering continued support in the years ahead.  Our staff team are dedicated and highly motivated.  Anything we can do to maintain their performance for our tenants must be worthwhile”.

 
rhodi bashing

Rhodie Bashing in Castlemilk Park

 

(posted 16th December 2016)

It was a rather mild day for our last volunteer session of the year.   A big thank you to all those who turned up for todays ‘Rhodie Bash’ and helped to cut back and remove the non-native rhododendron from the woods.  Great progress was made and hopefully in the spring we shall see the return of native flowers such as bluebells and wild garlic.

 

Why not make it your 2017 resolution to join our volunteer group!  With friendly folk, varied tasks and all tools and equipment provided.  Our next session is on Thursday 19th January 2017 at 11am, meet outside Castlemilk Stables. 

 
panto 2016

Cassiltoun’s Christmas Trip to the Panto

 

(posted 13th December 2016)


Around 210 Cassiltoun tenant’s/factored owners and their children/grandchildren attended this year’s Christmas Panto at the SECC to see Aladdin.  Everyone really enjoyed the show and all the children had a ball “booing the baddy” and signing along with all the songs!  Thanks to City Building who donated selection boxes for everyone.




 
photo walking group

Wonderful Wildlife on our Photo walk

 

(posted 13th December 2016)

Our last photo walk of the year took place on Monday 12th December.  While we did not have the best light for photography we did spot lots of wildlife.   With many different types of fungi and bird life, including Kingfisher, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and a Moorhen (top right), a common bird in the UK, but it’s the first time we have spotted one at the pond here in Castlemilk Park (at least in the last 5 years!). 

 

Got a new camera for Christmas?  Why not join our photo walking group, a friendly group of people who meet up once a month to go for a walk, taking photos along the way.  Our next session is on Monday 9th January 2017 at 1.30pm, meet at Castlemilk Stables.

 
cuppa in park

A Christmas Cuppa under the canopy

 

(posted 13th December 2016)

Friday 9th December was the last ‘Cup of Tea in the Park’ of 2016.  After an hour of walking through the woods of Castlemilk Park we stopped to brew up, after collecting a few twigs to fuel our ‘Kelly Kettle’ we made the perfect cup of tea, coffee or hot chocolate and got into the Christmas spirit with a mince pie or Christmas log.  Why not make your New Year’s resolution to come to our cup of tea in the park, a woodland walk, with friendly folk and a great cuppa!  Our next walk is on Friday 13th January at 11am, meet outside the Castlemilk Community Centre.

 
willow wreath

Willow Wreath Making

 

Posted (8th December 2016)

On Saturday 3rd December over 80 people came along to our Willow Wreath Making event, which is now in its sixth year.  Using freshly cut willow we wove willow rings before adding vegetation such as pine, spruce, laurel, ivy and holly.  The finishing touches of ribbon, pine cones and baubles were added to complete these wonderful willow wreaths.  

 

Richard Bolton, Cassiltoun’s Community Woodland Officer commented “It amazing to see how a pile of cut willow and vegetation can quickly be transformed into these wonderful wreaths.  The wreaths looks stunning and everyone got into the Christmas Spirit during the event”

 

For more photos from this event please visit our gallery on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofcastlemilkpark/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1238770886184284

 

Investment Funding Application Success

 

(Posted 30th November 2016)

 
Logos of Scottish Government and Glasgow CIty Council

Fiona McGowan, Director of Operations is pleased to report that the Association has been successful in its application for £48.5K Capital Acceleration Programme Grant from the Scottish Government managed by Glasgow City Council.

The Grant is to assist the Association in meeting the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing and will allow the Association to fit new double glazed windows in 17 of our properties.  The Association is due to fit windows in the Tormusk area in 2017/18 therefore 17 properties within this area have been brought forward and will be completed before 31/03/2017.  The street with the lowest Energy Performance based on the Energy Performance Certificates that we have is Croftfoot Street, therefore it is 17 properties within this street who will have their new windows fitted in the New Year.

Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council said –

“These programmes deliver real lasting social and economic benefits to many people across Glasgow, saving money on fuel bills, bringing warmer homes and cutting emissions.”

Anna Stuart MBE Chair of Cassiltoun Housing Association said –

“Tackling fuel poverty and making a difference to people’s lives is a key priority for Cassiltoun, I am therefore grateful to Glasgow City Council for providing this additional funding to help speed up the window replacement in the Tormusk area.”


 
Anna Award 18/11/16

Cassiltoun HA scoops top award at the “National Good Practice Awards 2016”

 

(posted 22nd November 2016)

The Association picked up the Best Practice in Developing Communities Award at the Tenant Participation Advisory Scotland’s national award ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews on Friday 18th November 2016.

 

The award is in recognition of the work to improve and regenerate Castlemilk Park for the enjoyment and benefit of local people.

 

Anna Stuart MBE Chair said “I am delighted to collect this award which recognises years of hard work by many people to help improve the physical condition of Castlemilk Park.  In particular I would like to thank our partners The Forestry Commission Scotland, Central Scotland Green Network, Glasgow City Council, Jeely Piece Club, Glasgow Housing Association and the many local people who volunteer to help improve the park for the wider community.  One person who deserves special recognition is our Community Woodland Officer Richard Bolton, whose passion for the park shines through.

 

I would also like to thank our subsidiary company Cassiltoun Trust who have a shared vision with the Association and local community”.

 

Anna is pictured with STV weatherman Sean Batty at the awards ceremony proudly showing off the award.

 
pumpkin festival 2016

Pumpkin Festival 2016


(posted 21st November 2016)


Filmed over our 4 day pumpkin festival, this wonderful short film was created by Jack Boutwood.  During the festival over 310 pumpkins were carved by the local community, activities such as soup making and pre-school story telling took place and our illumination event saw the pumpkins lit for the first time.  The final day of the festival was our spooky walk showing the spookier side of Castlemilk Park.  Special thanks must go the staff and board of Cassiltoun Housing Association who gave up their time to make the festival was a great success. 


To view the video please click on the following link:-



https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofcastlemilkpark/videos/vb.401139633280751/1224274330967273/?type=2&theater



 

 
photowalk

Getting snappy in Castlemilk Park 14th November

 

(posted 17th November 2016)

Photowalking is the act of walking around with your camera and photographing your surroundings.  Each month Cassiltoun Housing Association lead a photo walk in and around the woods of Castlemilk Park.   Our November walk was one of the best yet with lovely autumn colours, great light for photography and stunning views over the city. 

 

Our photo walks are a great way to improve your photography, enjoy a gentle paced walk and chat with friendly people who enjoy taking photos.   Our next photo walk will take place on Monday 12th December at 1pm, no camera - no problem simply borrow one of our easy to use digital camera (free of charge).




 
Emma Award

Bob Allan Young Achievers in Housing Excellence Award Ceremony


(posted 14th November 2016)

Congratulations to Emma Scott (Customer Services Assistant) who was shortlisted for the “Bob Allan Young Achievers in Housing Excellence Award”.

 

Emma did not win the award however we are very proud of her achievement and contribution to the operations team.

 

Emma is pictured with the Association’s Chair, Anna Stuart MBE after receiving her finalist award on Friday 11th November 2016.

 
Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal Canvas Mural

(posted 3rd November 2016) 

This wonderful piece of community art, a canvas mural of the Taj Mahal, was created on our ‘Tastes and Tales from Travels to India’ event on Sunday 9th October.  The event was part of black history month, and focused on the story of Helen, Baroness of Kilbride’s 106 day trip to India during 1959/60. 

 

Richard Bolton, Cassiltoun Community Woodland Officer commented “It’s great to see how the many smaller canvas which were individually painted have come together to make one stunning piece of community art, the mural adds a real splash of colour to the building”

 

The completed canvas mural can be view in Castlemilk Stables, 59 Machrie Road, Castlemilk, G45 0AZ during normal office open hours (Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm, Wednesday 8.30am - 12.30pm or Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm). 

 
Zombie Bride

The scariest staff!!

 (Posted 28th October 2016)

The rumours are true Cassiltoun really does have the scariest staff in housing!  The final day of our pumpkin festival was our spooky woodland walk and the staff and volunteers got into the spirit and ensured everyone got a fright!  Dressing up as werewolves, zombies and ghosts they scared over 537 people who attended one of our four guided walks and discovered the spookier side of Castlemilk Park.  The spooky walk was the last event of our four day pumpkin festival which attracted over 1350 people.  Thanks thank must go to our funders Cassiltoun Housing Association, Forestry Commission Scotland and GHA.



 
Carved Pumpkins

The Illumination – Day 3 of our pumpkin festival

 

(posted 28th October 2016)

A staggering 507 people came along on Tuesday evening to see the pumpkins lit for the first time. Over 310 pumpkins were beautifully carved by the local community, artists Claire and Julie Sheridan, our over 50’s art class Stables Studio, local community groups and business.

 
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Spooky stories in the Stables

 

(Posted 27th October 2016)

Many people believe Castlemilk Stables to be haunted with stories of the white lady walking the corridors and spooky going on, what a better place to host our halloween story telling event.   Over 120 pre-school children enjoyed our spooky stories on day three of our Pumpkin Festival.  Thanks must go to Dan, one of the fantastic story tellers from ‘the Village Story Telling Centre who captured our imagination with his wonderful spooky stories.  






 
pumpkin soup


Soup of the Day:  Pumpkin

 

(Posted 25th October 2016)

The second day of our pumpkin festival got under way with a walk to the woods.  Under an old spooky looking Horse Chestnut tree we started to slice and dice our pumpkins and other vegetables which were added to our caldron.   Our spooky soup boiled and bubbled away over a fire until ready to eat, the perfect woodland lunch on a cool autumn day.  Day three of our festival includes story telling for pre-school children and a chance to see all the carved pumpkins illuminated for the first time. 

 

For more photos from our pumpkin soup making event visit our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofcastlemilkpark/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1199754196752620

 
Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin Carving

(posted 24th October 2016) 

Sunday 23rd October was the first day of our 4 day Pumpkin Festival with pumpkin carving the activity of the day.  Fresh from the fields on Friday over 300 pumpkins arrived at Castlemilk Stables ready to carve into wonderful pieces of art!  165 people attended the carving sessions and over 180 pumpkins were carved with scary faces, headless horsemen, cats, ghosts, haunted houses and even “Slimer” from ghostbusters was among the many different designs.  One local commented “Absolutely loved doing this with my family & Friends 🎃Thank you”

 

Why not come along to our illumination event on Tuesday 25th October 6.00pm – 7.30pm outside Castlemilk Stables and see them light for the first time, a truly specular sight.

 
OWLS

What a hoot!

 

(posted 21st October 2016)

Over 200 people attended our free ‘All about Owls’ event on Wednesday 19th October.  Once again the star of the show was the amazing selection of Owls that Owl Magic brought along.  These included Tropical Screech Owls, Milky Eagle Owl, Tengmalm’s Owl,  Barn Owl, Long-eared Owl, White-faced Scope Owl and even a Harris Hawk.  Artist, Claire Sheridan, helped everyone make wonderful arts and crafts owls and the Glasgow Science Festival team helped out with a series of fun filled owl activities.

 

For more images please visit our Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofcastlemilkpark/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1194855283909178

 
Angel Award

Scottish Heritage Angel Awards

(posted 19th October 2016)


Congratulations to our How old are Yew? Group (Castlemilk Park’s Local History Group) who were commended at the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards last night in the Investigating and Recording category (Volunteer/community-based projects recording local history and heritage).   The How Old are Yew? Group formed in December 2011 to research and share the history of the now demolished Castlemilk House and its grounds which now form part of Castlemilk Park. 

 

Over the past 5 years the group has carried out a series of archaeological digs in the woods of Castlemilk Park and created exhibitions for the community, including one in the community space at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery.  On an ongoing basis they raise awareness of Castlemilk’s rich history via guided walks, talks and social media.  

 

For more information on the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards click on the link below.

http://www.scottishheritageangelawards.org.uk/awards/2016-awards/a-how-old-are-yew/

 

The next meeting of the How old are Yew? group is on Friday 18th November 1.30pm at the Castlemilk Community Centre - new members always welcome!

 
India

Taste and tales from Travels to India


(posted 10th October 2016)

As part of black history month, on Sunday the 9th of October we hosted a Tastes and Tales from Travels to India event.  The event focused on the story of Helen, Baroness of Kilbride’s 106 day trip to India during 1959/60 and took place in and around the woods of Castlemilk Park.  With over 180 people attending the event it was a great way of connecting cultures and communities.

 

With many of activates linked to places Helen visited we created a canvas mural of the Taj Mahal, drank Darjeeling and Chai tea under the trees and made sandalwood soap.  Other activities included storytelling, reading from Helen diary and henna tattoos.  The weather was fantastic and the free chickpea curry was the perfect way to enjoy some of the taste of India

 

More photo from the event can be found here

 https://www.facebook.com/Friendsofcastlemilkpark/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1184901028237937

 
ice house before & after



The Old Ice House - Castlemilk Park

(posted 4th October 2016)


On Monday 3rd October Cassiltoun’s Community Woodland Officer and members of the How old are Yew? group (Castlemilk Park’s local history group) spent the afternoon in the woods removing vegetation growing in and around the old Ice House.  Located in the woods of Castlemilk Park, the ice house is only a short 5 minute walk from Castlemilk Stables.  Protected with an ‘egg shaped’ green cage the Ice House had become badly overgrown making this interesting and important historic difficult to see.  Thanks to the hard work of group’s members Drina, Susan and Eleanor, the ice house is now visible.

 

The next meeting of the How old are Yew? group is on Friday 18th November at 1.30pm at Castlemilk Community Centre, new members always welcome.

 
International Peace Day

International Peace Day  - 21st September 2016

(posted 21st September 2016) 


To celebrate International Peace Day members of the Eritrean, Chinese, Arab, Indian and Scottish communities got together to enjoy a cup of tea and to share stories and experiences in the woods of Castlemilk Park. Today’s event was the perfect way to connect communities and cultures while celebrating International Peace Day. 

 

Over 50 people participated in the celebration and enjoyed a cuppa under the canopy, with options of Jasmine tea, Mint tea, Chai Tea, Scottish tea, Aloweza tea, coffee made from beans freshly roasted over a fire and Hot Chocolate with marshmallows and cream.   Snacks included flat bread cooked over a fire, moon cake, Maamoul (date biscuit), mini samosas, Scottish Shortbread and teacakes.

 

As well as the drinks and snacks we also participated in Yoga, planted acorns collected in the Park and collected leaves which we used to create the peace sign. 

 

"Let us all work together to help all human beings achieve dignity and equality; to build a greener planet; and to make sure no one is left behind.”  UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon

 
Anna Mary Barbour Award

REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT

(posted 26th August 2016)

ANNA STUART MBE IS AWARDED THE INAUGURAL MARY BARBOUR AWARD

The award recognises the contribution women who follow in the footsteps of Mary Barbour, make to community campaigning in Glasgow. The recipient of the award will be recognised as making a significant contribution to local communities through a specific campaign or various campaigns over a sustained period.

https://remembermarybarbour.wordpress.com/about-mary-barbour/

The Award was presented by the Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Thursday 25th August 2016.

20 nominees with their supporters, family and friends gathered to celebrate the role, influence and legacy of local woman who have made substantial contributions to their local communities.

Anna Stuart MBE said,

“I am truly honoured to have been nominated and mentioned in the same breath as Mary Barbour, never mind winning the award.  Tonight has highlighted the dedicated role women play in Glasgow.  I congratulate my fellow nominees and thank the organisers for promoting the work of women in local communities.  I have been supported by many people over the past 35 years and without their help, I would not be receiving this award which I dedicate to Castlemilk”.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive Officer said,

“Anna is a one off, a housing pioneer with a strong vision who keeps everyone at Cassiltoun on their toes by always looking to make things better for ordinary folk and in that respect I can’t think of a more deserving winner of this prestigious award”.

 
Photo of AGM



31st Annual General Meeting, Monday 15th August 2016


(posted 17th August 2016)

The 31st Annual General Meeting of Cassiltoun Housing Association was attended by 52 members; this represents 19% of the membership.  Many thanks to our members for attending.

The AGM was informed of the Association’s financial performance for the year 2015/16 by the Association’s auditor, Scott Moncrieff.

The Association’s Chairperson, Anna Stuart MBE, informed the members that the Association had spent £1m pounds on investment in the Association’s properties:-

  • £600k installing new kitchens, bathrooms and showers in Oaktree Gardens, Elmtree Gardens and Machrie Drive
  • £125k was invested in new security close entry doors at Barlia Drive
  • New gas boilers and central heating systems where fitted in 54 houses at Elmtree Gardens and Machrie Drive at a cost of £160k
  • £90,000 was spent on external paint work

Currently this year’s major repair programme is in full swing with 152 new kitchens and smoke detectors being fitted in Ballantay Road and Hoddam.

Tenants have been extremely satisfied with the work that has been carried out

Anna highlighted that she was extremely proud of the Association and its subsidiary companies for the contribution we make locally for example:-

  • 100 local people have been provided with 8 weeks work placements, working in Castlemilk Woods, helping to improve the physical condition of the woods many of whom have gone on to further training/employment.
  • We have provided almost 100 free events for people to attend in our community woodland activities.  These events are popular and well attended by local people.
  • Our money advice team have offered 637 appointments and assisted service users to access additional benefit income amounting to £619,000.
  • Our nursery employs 19 people many of them local Castlemilk residents and I hope that the nursery develops further in the years ahead to create even more jobs and training places for local people.

Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Millar outlined that the Association’s vision in the next 3-5 years is to “To complete the physical development of the East End of Castlemilk”.

This will bring lots of opportunities to Cassiltoun.  We currently own 5 sites and it is our intention to build 116 houses and invest £12m.  We aim to deliver affordable, energy efficient houses for local people who are in need of housing suitable for them. 

We will work with our contractors to offer community benefit clauses which will bring new jobs, training and funding for future community events.

The Association has further opportunities through site acquisition which could create a new business that employs local people to deliver our environmental works, ground maintenance and close cleaning.  More opportunities will be created here at the Stables.

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Management met to elect new office bearers and to agree the meeting timetable for 2016/17.

The 2016/17 officer bearers are:-

Chairperson - Anna Stuart MBE

Vice Chairperson - George Kelly

Treasurer - Teresa McGowan

Secretary - Evelyn Ferguson

The remaining Board Members are:-

Adam Milligan         

Robert Brennan      

William Craig                       

Teresa Sadler          

Jim Garrow   


 

Abolition of 'Right to Buy'


 

(posted 29th July 2016)


Please be advised 'Right to Buy' will end for all council and housing association tenants in Scotland on 1 August 2016. Tenants with a right to buy entitlement had until 31 July 2016 to exercise this.

The Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 abolishes the Right to Buy and the Scottish Government published a commencement order confirming that abolition takes place on 1 August 2016.

Applications to buy submitted prior to 1 August 2016, but not completed by that date, may settle after the date of abolition.

Please note that due to the significant volume of Right to Buy applications currently being received in the run up to Right to Buy ending on 31 July 2016, there is currently a backlog with the District Property Valuer. This means it will take longer for applications to be processed.


On and after 1 August?

Tenants who attempt to make Right to Buy applications on or after 1 August should be advised that Right to Buy has been abolished.


 
RIchard Award 4

Castlemilk Park wins Best Amenity Woodland/Forest Initiative

 

(posted 4th July 2016)

We are delighted that the Castlemilk Park Project has won the inaugural Horticulture Week Custodian Awards for the Best Amenity Woodland / Forest Initiative.


The awards were judged by an independent panel of judges including Tony Arnold, chair of the Professional Gardeners Guild, Sally Drury, technical editor of Horticulture Week, Andrew Gill, President of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture and board member of the Parks Alliance, David Lambert of the Parks Agency and Dr Sidney Sullivan, independent consultant.

 


 
Richard Award 3





Cassiltoun Housing Association’s Community Woodland Officer, Richard Bolton collected the award at the Chelsea Physic Garden on 30th June 2016.

 
Anna & Declan


Cassiltoun’s Corporate Services Manager is recognised by Castlemilk High School

 

Paula Brownlie received the “Business Enterprise Champion Award” from Castlemilk High in recognition for her role in encouraging young people into work based placements and training.

 

Charlie Millar, CEO said “As a local employer its vitally important that Cassiltoun Housing Association has close links with our local schools and that we play our part in encouraging and supporting young people by providing work place experience.  Paula co-ordinates this area of our work and makes it happen so congratulations to her”.

 



Pictured:  Anna Stuart MBE (Chair of Cassiltoun Housing Association) and Declan Duncan (Pupil of Castlemilk High School who was based with the Association on a weekly basis during 2015/16) at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 16th June 2016.

 

The Last Days of Right to Buy

(posted 16th June 2016)

'Right to Buy' will end for all council and housing association tenants in Scotland on 1 August 2016. Tenants with a right to buy that they are allowed to use will have until 31 July 2016 to do so.

More information can be found on the Scottish Government's website http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Built-Environment/Housing/16342/rtb or by telephone on 0131 244 5401.

 
Patrick Harvie photo

‘What did we buy at the shops today’? 


(posted 26th April 2016)


Patrick Harvey and Andy Wightman joined in the outdoor learning session with the pre-school children at Cassiltoun Stables Nursery.  The children were discussing which foods were healthy and how foods

can help you grow and develop.

 

Patrick Harvey, the leader of the Scottish Green Party leader and Andy Wightman Scottish Green party candidate and author of ‘Who Owns Scotland’ had spent the afternoon learning about the Cassiltoun Group of companies which include a Housing Association, a Development Trust and a pre-5 children’s nursery.  Charlie Millar CEO and Clair Malpas, Regeneration Manager spent the afternoon discussing the organisations 30 year journey, its growth and development.

 

Patrick and Andy then toured the award winning Castlemilk Stables and joined in with the participants in the Stables Studio who had spent the day creating some original pieces of jewellery.

 

After joining in with the nursery children and hearing about how outdoor activities, ranging from Forest Kindergarten to a vegetable garden, play a crucial role in the life of the nursery, they went for a stroll through Castlemilk Park to see some of the work done over the past 5 years by the Association to regenerate and rejuvenate the previous neglected green space.

 

Both Patrick and Andy agreed that improving the opportunities for people both across Scotland and in particular, in the more deprived areas, was vital and they welcomed the work that Cassiltoun had been doing to improve health outcomes, employment prospects and to tackle the impact of Welfare Reform.

 

Andy later tweeted that it was an ‘inspiring visit’ and that Cassiltoun’s journey was a ‘remarkable achievement’.


 

TREEMENDOUS Photographic Exhibition

 (posted 24th March 2016)


On Friday 11th March the Treemendous photographic exhibition was formally open by local MP Stewart McDonald.   The exhibition highlights the beauty and the wide range of photographic opportunities within  the woods of Castlemilk Park.  The exhibition is the work the Castlemilk Park Photo Walking group, which has meet monthly in February 2014.    The photo walking group meet on the second Monday of each month and each session consists of a short indoor session looking at how to get the most out of our photography, followed by a photo walk in the woods of Castlemilk Park.  For more information please contact Richard Bolton, Community Woodland Officer on 0141 634 2673 or email Richard.Bolton@cassiltoun.org.uk


The exhibition can viewed until Friday 15th April during the following times Monday 8.30am - 5.00pm Tuesday 8.30am - 5.00pm Wednesday 8.30am - 12.30pm Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm (Closed weekend and bank holidays).


 
Treemendous 2*
 
HWL **

Healthy Working Lives – Silver Award

 (posted 12th February 2016)

In recognition of Cassiltoun Housing Association promoting health and wellbeing with its staff they have been awarded the silver Healthy Working Lives award.  Anna Stuart MBE, Charlie Millar (not pictured) and Karen Graham, Corporate Services Assistant attended the NHSGGC award ceremony in the Lighthouse to collect the award on 11th February 2016.  

 

Scottish Labour Party Leader visits Cassiltoun

(posted 10th February 2016)

Kezia Dugdale, Leader of Scottish Labour visited Cassiltoun on Tuesday 9th February 2016 on a fact finding mission to learn more about the activities and diversity of the Cassiltoun Group.


During her visit Ms Dugdale visited Stables Studio to meet local residents who attend the art class to help reduce social isolation.  She also visited the pre 5 children's social enterprise nursery and learned about some of the current employability schemes operated by Cassiltoun Housing Association and our subsidiary companies.

 

 

                                

 

                          

   

 

Castlemilk Park's 1st Pumpkin Festival - 24th to 28th October 2015

(posted 3rd November)

 

 

Over 400 people attended our 5 day pumpkin festival and enjoyed activities ranging from carving, leaf art, story-telling, soup making and our grand finale Halloween Lantern Walk. Thank you to everyone in the community who carved or donated a pumpkin and took part in this successful event.

 
Halloween 1a
 
Halloween 2a
 

 

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Black History 1

Black History Month

(posted 3rd November)

As part of Black History month, Castlemilk Park and Cassiltoun Housing Association celebrated the 108 day journey through India of Helen, Baroness of Kilbride.  Over 200 people from all over Glasgow attended the event which included soap making, weaving, arts & crafts, tea making over an open fire and a delicious Indian street meal.

 
AGM - 2015

30th Annual General Meeting

(posted 19th August)

The 30th Annual General Meeting of Cassiltoun Housing Association was attended by 47 members; this represents one seventh of the membership.

The AGM was informed of the Association’s financial performance for the year 2014/15 by the Association’s auditor, Scott Moncrieff.

The Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Millar outlined some of the key highlights for Cassiltoun Housing Association during 2014/15 including achieving a void rent loss performance of 0.2%; reducing rent arrears to 3.2%; creating new jobs for local people (26 local Castlemilk residents, many of whom are tenants who work directly for our group or work for our main contractors); increasing income for local people by £750k as a result of our welfare/money advice team’s help; investing £700k in our tenants homes providing new kitchens, bathrooms and central heating systems.

The Association’s Chairperson, Anna Stuart MBE, informed the members that the Association had achieved high levels of tenants satisfaction, invested in our properties and expanded services and made improvements in performance.  The Association has continued to support employability, mainly for local people as a result of the various employment initiatives.  We have taken steps to control and reduce the main risks threatening the Association, ie Welfare Reform.  We created a specialist welfare/money advice team for a five year period to help combat the risks for the Association by providing expert advice for our tenants. 

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Management met to elect new office bearers and to agree the meeting timetable for 2015/16.

 

The 2015/16 officer bearers are:-

 

Chairperson - Anna Stuart MBE

Vice Chairperson - George Kelly

Treasurer - Teresa McGowan

Secretary - Evelyn Ferguson

 

The remaining Board Members are:-

 

Adam Milligan - Board Member

Jean White - Board Member

Robert Brennan - Board Member

William Craig - Board Member

 
woods pic

Scotland's Finest Wood Awards

(posted 15 July 2015)

After being ‘highly commended’ by the judges in 2013, this year the woods of Castlemilk Park have won Scotland's Finest Wood Awards in the Community Woods section for promoting heathy lifestyles. The award was presented to Anna Stuart MBE, Chair of Cassiltoun Trust and Clair Malpas, Regeneration Manager of Cassiltoun Housing Association at the Royal Highland Show by Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.

 
Marco Biagio visit

Community control

Benefits for all through Community Empowerment Bill.

 (posted 14th May 2015)

Powers which will make it easier for communities to take over public sector land and buildings will bring training, employment and recreational opportunities to areas across Scotland, Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi has said.

 

Mr Biagi outlined the benefits of the Community Empowerment Bill on a visit to the Cassiltoun Stables in Glasgow, which transferred from council to community ownership in 2007, and has since developed into facility which hosts community events, offices, training suites and a nursery.

 

The Bill, which will reach Stage 3 in the next month, will give community bodies the right to request to purchase, lease, manage or use land and buildings belonging to local authorities, public bodies or Scottish Ministers.

 

Mr Biagi said: “The Cassiltoun Stables is an example of the type of project we want to see develop across Scotland. Since it was bought over from the local authority Cassiltoun Trust has transformed this building into a busy community hub creating opportunities for jobs, offices, events, and providing childcare.

 

“It has offered invaluable training to young people through the Community Job Scotland scheme and shows the real benefits of giving communities the powers to improve their area and tackle inequalities.

 

“By making sure buildings are not standing empty local areas are being given a new lease of life.

 

“Our Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill will strengthen and nurture this community participation and strengthen their voice in the decisions that matter to them.”

 

“Since the transfer of Castlemilk Stables from council ownership to community ownership in 2007, Cassiltoun Trust has created the opportunity for local people to access employment and a range of services and activities, our project now in its eight year is a good example of what can be achieved by using community assets to support new ideas and work differently with local people having a real say in their communities`

 

Background

 

http://www.cassiltountrust.org.uk/

 

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/parliamentarybusiness/Bills/77926.aspx

 

 
Marco Biagio Visit 3
 

Rule Changes

 (posted 1st April 2015)

 

Association members agreed to adopt new Rules from 1 April 2015.

 

The rule change has been necessary due to recent changes introduced by the Scottish Government and all Housing Associations will be required to review their Rules.

 

A Special General Meeting of members was held immediately prior to the Annual General Meeting on Monday 18th August 2014.  The members present voted unanimously to adopt new Model Rules from 1st April 2015.  A fully copy of our new Rules can be read and downloaded from our "About Us"  section of this website or by contacting Karen Graham, Corporate Services Assistant at the Association’s offices.  Karen will issue a paper copy to all members and tenants who make a request.

 

The Board of Cassiltoun Housing Association considered what options where available and took legal advice before seeking the consent of our Regulators. 

·         Scottish Housing Regulator; and

·         Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator 

Both Regulation Bodies gave their approval to the proposed Rule changes prior to the resolution being taken to the Special General Meeting for approval.

 

The following brief summary outlines the main changes.

 

Charitable Objects 

Objects Clause (Rule 2) now refers to permitted activities under charity and housing law

OSCR consent to rule change will be required

 

Membership 

New Rules identify the following eligible to become members

·         Tenants

·         Services Users

·         Other persons supporting the Association

·         Organisations sympathetic to the Association

 

New Rules provide indicative grounds for refusal

·         Membership contrary to rules or policies

·         Conflict of interest adversely affecting the Association

·         Not in the best interests of the Association

 

Borrowing Powers 

Requirement to comply with Regulatory Guidance

Requirement to have a Treasury Management Policy

£100m

 

General Meetings 

Proxy nominations to be received not less than 5 days before the meeting (current rules state 7 days)

 

Management Committee 

Register of Committee names kept and published on the website

Annual Assessment of Committee Members

Must justify reappointment after 9 years service

Payment and Benefits policy to replace Schedule 7

Payment to Committee Members allowed (subject to charity law) – Cassiltoun Housing Association do not intend to pay Committee Members

Inclusion of charity trustee duties

 

Charity Duties  

Act in the interests of the Association

Operate in a manner consistent with its Rules

Act with care and diligence as if managing the affairs of another person

Ensure the Association complies with the Charities Act and all other relevant legislation

 

Delegation

More specific provisions

Provision for delegation to local area committees

Specified duties of Chair

Chair cannot serve more than 5 years

 

Registers 

List of members names (where authorised) for inspection by public

 

Auditors 

Need for rotation of auditors to be reviewed periodically

 

Investment 

Allowed in line with Investment Policy

 

Disputes 

In terms of Complaints Policy

 

“ First Minister Visits Cassiltoun HA”

(posted 26th February)

 

As part of her first 100 days in office, The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon visited Cassiltoun Housing Association to meet some of the young people employed by the Cassiltoun Group through the Community Job Scotland scheme (CJS).  The First Minister announced the creation of more than 1000 job opportunities for unemployed young people as part of a £6.1m investment.  During her visit, the First Minister was able to get a tour of the Stables Building, speak with Cassiltoun’s CJS employees and get a feel for some of the projects that Cassiltoun currently offers. 

 
First Mininster Staff Group
 

Anna Stuart Chair of Cassiltoun HA said “It is a real pleasure to welcome the First Minister to Castlemlik Stables and to demonstrate the diverse work and range of services provided by the Association and our subsidiary companies Cassiltoun Stables Nursery and Cassiltoun Trust. The Association is firmly committed to employability initiatives particularly for local people and today the First Minister met 8 young people who have benefited from the CJF initiative”

 

George Kelly Chair of Cassiltroun Stables Nursery added “It was fantastic to discuss the work of the Association and I enjoyed showing the First Minister our relatively new Social Enterprise Nursery, it was also reassuring to learn today that the Scottish Government remain committed to funding job opportunities for young people and particularly those young people who may not have had the best start in life. In our experience the young people we have employed through the scheme have been assets to our business”

 

 

 
First Minister - CJS group

 

 

 

Clair Malpas Cassiltouns Regeneration Manager said “I have worked closely with SCVO and the CJS scheme since it was introduced and recognise how important this type of funding is for young people and social enterprises, I really welcome today’s announcement from the First Minister”

 
First Minister - Nursery Kids

 

 

 

 

 

To access the First Minister’s full speech please click on the following link:-

 

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/1000-job-opportunities-for-young-people-165f.aspx

 
Mission, Vision, Values

“Board approved New Competency Framework”

 

(posted 9th February)

The Association undertook a comprehensive review of our Mission, Vision and Values throughout 2014.

 

After approving the new Competency Framework the Association’s Chairperson Anna Stuart MBE said:-

 

“I am delighted the Association has completed this review, the outcome has been excellent as we now have a fully agreed set of values that will support the Competency Framework.  I would like to thank the staff team for their enthusiasm developing the values.”

 

“We now have clear behaviours expected of our staff and Board that will deliver our values.”

 

Charlie Millar, CEO said:-

 

“This full review has been carried out as part of the Association’s Investors In People Gold Standard review and the input from the staff team makes this even more inclusive as its clearly not a top down strategy for success but a bottom up approach which is much more meaningful for our staff.  This in turn will make delivery of the behaviours for success more achievable.”

 

To find out more download the document by visiting our download section of this website.

 
Smart Phone App

Cassiltoun Housing Association’s App is now available and its FREE to download

(posted 6th February)

To extend how our tenants and other customers can access information on our services we, in association with apps@theprintbrokers are delighted to announce that the Cassiltoun App is now available and its FREE to download.

To download the App, simply type these addresses into your phone:-

For Android Phones

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n164268781&hl=en_GB

 
Google App
 
App Store
 

Use your Smart Phone to:-

· Report a Repair

· Pay Rent

· Apply for a house

· Check whats going on in the community in our Events Section

· Conveniently find other useful contact telephone numbers

· Use the App like a tenants handbook, with lots of useful information about the  Association’s services and tenancy conditions

· Use the App remotely or even outwith office hours you can easily get in touch with us

· Click onto our Children’s Nursery Icon for information about local pre school child care provided by our subsidiary Cassiltoun Stables Nursery

· Click onto our other subsidiary Cassiltoun Trust for updates on the work of the Trust

· Latest News updates are also easily accessible

If you would like assistance to download the App and how to use it, then ask at our reception and a member of staff will be available to help.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive Officer said “The Association wants to be as accessible as possible for our tenants and other customers. The new App will certainly offer another convenient method of communication. The big challenge for the Association will be to encourage as many tenants and customers to download the app. This will now form part of our new tenancy discussions and when people apply for a house they will be encouraged to also download the App”.

 

First Tenant Charter Report Card

 
Arc Report Card front page

(posted 31st October)

The Association issued our first Tenants Report Card on 27th October 2014.  Visit our Download Section to view the Report Card.

Teresa Sadler, Chair said "I would like to thank the Tenants Charter Scrutiny Panel for all their time and efforts over the past two years and for their help in producing the Report Card.  I am pleased that Cassiltoun Housing Association is a strong performer, however we are not complacent and we have already agreed what performance areas can be improved to ensure that our tenants and other service users receive better services as a result of improved efficiency".

 

How are we performing?

(posted 25th September 2014)

The Scottish Housing Regulator has just published its first landlord report featuring the performance of every Social Housing Landlord and Cassiltoun Housing Association are performing above the Scottish average in a number of key areas.  This report is the result of our first Annual Return of the Charter which all Social Landlords were obliged to submit to the housing regulator by 31st May 2014.

Landlords and tenants can access their own performance report and benchmark against up to four other Social Landlords at any one time using the new reporting tool on the SHR’s website http://www.scottishhousingregulator.gov.uk/find-and-compare-landlords/cassiltoun-housing-association-ltd 

The report highlights how Cassiltoun Housing Association are performing against the outcomes of the Scottish Social Housing Charter and how we compare with our peers in the areas that matter most to our tenants and the Regulator such as rents and repairs.  Some key results reported indicated that we are performing above the national average in the majority of areas.

A copy of the Report can be obtained in our download section.

 

 
AGM 2014 *

29th Annual General Meeting held on 18th August 2014 at Cassiltoun Stables

(posted 4th September 2014)

 

The 29th Annual General Meeting of Cassiltoun Housing Association was packed with 58  members attending; this represents one sixth of the membership.

 

The AGM was informed of the Association’s financial performance for the year 2013/14 by the Association’s auditor, Baker Tilly.   Baker Tilly have provided the Association with external audit services for 9 years.  In March this year, the Association we went out to competitive tender for this service.  Scott-Moncrieff, auditors were appointed as the Association’s external auditor for 2014/15. 

The Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Millar outlined some of the key priorities including the Association’s ongoing investment programme; appointment of a larger welfare team; employability initiatives; Cassiltoun Stables Nursery and the ongoing community events.

 

The Association’s Chairperson, Teresa Sadler, informed the members that the Association would be 30 years old in December this year.  She outlined the work that the Association has done over the past 30 years.

 

Teresa also informed member that this year’s annual report was packed with information about our performance, successes, service levels, diversity and includes updates on our two subsidiary companies, Cassiltoun Trust and Cassiltoun Stables Nursery.

 

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Management met to elect new office bearers and to agree the meeting timetable for 2014/15.

 

The 2014/15 officer bearers are:-

 

Chairperson                Teresa Sadler

Vice Chairperson        Anna Stuart MBE

Treasurer                    George Kelly

Secretary                    Evelyn Ferguson

 

The remaining Board Members are:-

 

Adam Milligan             Board Member

Jean White                  Board Member

Teresa McGowan       Board Member

Robert Brennan          Board Member

William Craig                    Board Member

 
A Midsummer Nights Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(posted 15th July 2014)

On Saturday 21st June 2014 Chapterhouse Theatre Company performed their open air garden theatre show of William Skakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream within the garden area of Cassiltoun Stables. 

The evening was attended by around 200 people who were whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and met star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and raucous travelling players.  

A luxury hamper was raffled with the proceeds going to Cassiltoun Trust.  The winning ticket was pink 387 and the lucky winner was Margaret Carlisle from Castlemilk.

 

 
Charity Awards 2014

The Scottish 2014 Charity Awards, 5 June 2014, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

(posted 7th July 2014)

The Association was shortlisted for the Scottish Charity of the Year 2014.  Representatives from the Association attended the ceremony but unfortunately we were not successful on this occasion.  However, we are very proud to have been recognised and short-listed for such a prestigious award.

The winner was a wonderful organisation called “Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre” who provide free, high quality creative activities for young people in Glasgow.  This year over 500 young people have participated in their programmes.

 

 

 
 
Emma Scott receiving an award

Supporting Young People to Get Employment

(posted 8th May 2014)

Cassiltoun have a long history of helping young people from the local community to gain new skills and provide work and training placements. Over the past 3 years we have offered 6 young people job opportunities through the Community Job Scotland scheme funded by the Scottish Government. Two of those placements have gone onto longer term contracts with us (Ainslie Maguire and Connor McLean).

One of our recent placements – Emma Scott – was the 4000 Community Job Scotland placement and she shared the stage with Alex Salmond and Angela Constance at a recent event when further funding for this scheme was announced. hope to offer more placements this year.

 
Advice Team Photograph

Lottery funding provides Cassiltoun with a new Advice Team

(posted 8th May 2014)

Cassiltoun and Craigdale have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery to provide a 5 year advice project.  The new team will provide welfare and debt advice as well as information and education to help people to manage their money and get access to things like bank accounts and better deals for their utilities.

We expect appointments to start in May and more details of the services on offer will feature in future newsletters and information on the project can also be obtained from Clair Malpas, Regeneration Manager at Cassiltoun Housing.

 
Derek Mackay launches consultation on community empowerment

Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek MacKay launches the consultation on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill

(posted 7th November 2013)

Derek MacKay - Minister for Local Government and Planning was in Castlemilk Stables this month to launch the consultation on 'The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill'. This bill will make it easier for communities to take over public sector land and buildings, reform the community right to buy and give communities greater say in the provision of services. Mr McKay stated that Castlemilk Stables was an ideal place to launch this bill due to the transformation that the building has undergone.

Mr MacKay met with both Cassiltoun Trust and Cassiltoun Housing Association's chairpersons Anna Stuart MBE and Teresa Sadler as well as Cassiltoun Housing Association's CEO Charlie Millar. Mr MacKay learned about the tranformation of Castlemilk Stables and met with various board members, children from Cassiltoun Stables Nursery as well as meeting local Craft Café members.

The following YouTube video has highlights and interviews regarding the visit:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iw07-kXGTXc&feature=youtu.be 

 

The press release from the event can be found here:

http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-powers-for-Scotland-s-communities-5e5.aspx

 

The consultation document is available here:

http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current

 

 

 

 
96% Satisfaction!

Tenant Satisfaction Survey

(posted 26th September 2013)

Cassiltoun Housing Association recently carried out an independent Tenant Satisfaction Survey.

Cassiltoun prides itself on customer care and we were very happy with our results but hope to improve on these figures.

To read the full survey then you can download it on the link below.






PDF IconCassiltoun Housing Association - Tenant Satisfaction Survey 2013
 
Castlemilk Park

Castlemilk Park Shortlisted for Green Awards!

(Posted 29th August 2013)

Castlemilk Park & Community Woodlands has once more been shortlisted in the Green Awards. After heavily impressing last year in the 'Best Community Initiative' category, we hope the park can go one further and pick up the win.

We are proud of this nomination and will continue to help improve the park.

 
Cassiltoun's 28th AGM

'28th AGM Held on 19/08/13'

(Posted 20th August 2013)

The 28th Annual General Meeting of Cassiltoun Housing Association was packed with 111 members attending; this represents one third of the membership.

 

The AGM was informed of the Association’s financial performance for the year 2012/13 by the Association’s auditor, Baker Tilly.

 

The Chief Executive Officer, Charlie Millar outlined some of the key priorities including housing investments, local employability initiatives, tenant satisfaction and future risks including welfare reform.

 

The Regeneration Manager, Clair Malpas, summarized Cassiltoun’s Welfare Reform Strategy and explained how tenants have been offered support.

 

The Association’s Chairperson, Teresa Sadler, explained how the Association also prioritized seeking greater efficiency and value for money.

 

Following the Annual General Meeting, the Board of Management met to elect new office bearers and to agree the meeting timetable for 2013/14.

The 2013/14 officer bearers are:-

Chairperson - Teresa Sadler
Vice Chair - Anna Stuart MBE
Treasurer - George Kelly
Secretary - Evelyn Ferguson

The full board members are:

Adam Milligan - Board Member

Jean White - Board Member

Teresa McGowan - Board Member

Robert Brennan - Board Member

William Craig - Board Member

Anne Buchanan - Board Member




 
Stables Nursery Logo

Stables Nursery Launches New Website

(Posted 7th August 2013)

Cassiltoun Stables Nursery launched their new website on 1st July 2013.

For more details regarding the nursery, please click here.

 
Fraser Campbell

Internship Comes to an End

(Posted 7th August 2013)

Third Sector Internships Scotland's (TSIS), Fraser Campbell is due to finish his summer internship with Cassiltoun Housing Association.

13th August 2013, will be the last day for the intern as his 10 weeks with the Housing Association come to an end. During his time with the Association, Fraser has updated the Housing Association and the Cassiltoun Trust websites, as well as designing a new website to help launch Cassiltoun's new private nursery.  

 
Anna Stuart MBE at the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Launch

‘Hopes for Forestry Scheme To Branch Out‘

(Posted 4th June 2013)

A new woodland strategy for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley was launched at Castlemilk Stables yesterday (Monday 3rd June 2013) with aims to support the economy, the environment and improve the lives of those living in the surrounding areas. This strategy was launched by Environment & Climate Change Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, who came to see the tremendous work that has gone into Castlemilk Park.

A copy of this article can be read on the Herald‘s website below:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/hopes-for-forestry-scheme-to-branch-out.21253639

 
Clair Malpas

‘Bedroom Tax Will Hurt Children‘

(Posted 21 March 2013)

Clair Malpas, Regeneration Manager, recently spoke at the Scottish Parliment and gave her verdict upon the newly imposed Bedroom Tax. Her views attracted the interest of local newspaper The Evening Times who requested an interview.

The full article can be read on the Evening Times website below:

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/msps-warned-bedroom-tax-will-hurt-children-118933n.20550308

 

‘Help to improve social landlord services…‘

(published 8th March 2013)

The Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) regulates all social landlords in Scotland, and is setting up a new National Panel for users of social landlord services.  All people who use social landlord services are invited to join the Panel – including tenants, homeless households, home owners who receive factoring or common repairs services, and Gypsies/Travellers using Council or housing association sites.  Every new Panel member will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 6 x £50 prizes.

To join or find out more…

Sign up online at bit.ly/nat-panel 

OR call Craigforth (who manage the Panel) on 0800 027 2245

OR email Craigforth on shr@craigforth.co.uk

 

'Burns Supper 2013'

(Published 4 March 2013)

On 25th January we held Cassiltoun's annual Over 50 Burns Supper Night.

With a range of music, guest speakers, entertainment and a lovely supper a great time was had by our tenants and staff alike!

We would like to issue a huge thank you to all our staff who helped out, our tenants who braved to cold to attend and everyone else who made it happen. 

 

'Christmas Cheer for Cassiltoun Residents'

(Published 17th December 2012)

Cassiltoun staff and Board have been working hard to help our tenants enjoy this festive period.

Cash for Kids have again supported our organisation and has awarded us £10,300 to be distributed to residents with children under 16.

As part of our festive activities we organised a trip to the SECC pantomime and the 210 children, parents and grandparents that attended agreed that it was the best yet.

Finally Father Christmas made an unscheduled appearance on the streets of Castlemilk on the 15th December.  He would like to thank City Building for the loan of their sleigh and Cash for Kids for the extra selection boxes.

 

'Museum Case Opens at the Stables'

(Published 5th December 2012)

Wednesday 5th December 2012 was another significant day in the history of Cassiltoun Trust and the Stables building project.

The Trust, since its early days, prioritised promoting the rich heritage and history of Castlemilk and we are delighted that we now have a display cabinet which will allow us to display items from the past that local people and visitors can enjoy.

Anna Stuart MBE, Chair of Cassiltoun Trust stated “back in 2007 when we completed the renovation of the Stables, the display cabinet project was shelved due to financial constraints but we never gave up and I am thankful to our funder “Glasgow Heritage Trust” and to “Glasgow City Museums” for their support helping us to achieve one of our early goals.

Anne McChlery, Director of Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, officially opened the Museum Cabinet.

Torsten Haak, Director of Glasgow City Heritage Trust comments “We are delighted to support Castlemilk Stables with the purchase of the new museum case. The local area’s heritage is rich and diverse and we hope this new interpretation material will help in promoting it to visitors to the building.”

 
Castlemilk East Parish Church

'Cassiltoun Housing Association takes ownership of Castlemilk East Parish Church'

(Published 30th November 2012)

Cassiltoun Housing Association took ownership of Castlemilk East Church on Friday 30 November 2012.  The Association will develop plans and ideas over the next few months on how best to use the church building in future years.

Teresa Sadler Chair of Cassiltoun HA said

“Taking ownership of the church is an exciting new venture for Cassiltoun.  The Association will work hard to create plans that will bring new services to the local community.  We will explore a range of options and will work closely with local groups and people to develop our plans. We intend to attract new investment which will enhance the existing facilities.  We aim to offer as much opportunity for local people by creating new jobs, training and leisure time activity.  It will not be easy but we are determined. We also wish to create a legacy which respects the 60 years that the church has served the local community and people.”

There will be opportunities to attend consultation events in the spring and summer of 2013.  There will be a feature in our Spring newsletter and Clair Malpas, our Regeneration Manager will be seeking your views.

Photograph of Minister, Sarah Brown handing over the keys of the Church to John Williams from Cassiltoun Housing Association.

 

'Cassiltoun's Depute moves to new challenge'

(Published 19th November 2012)

The Associations depute CEO Fiona McTaggart has moved on to take up the position of Chief Executive at Govan Housing Association.  Fiona worked for Cassiltoun Housing Association for 20 years.

Cassiltoun's Chief Executive, Charlie Millar, said:

"Fiona will be missed by her colleagues and many friends at Cassiltoun and across Castlemilk.  I would like to thank Fiona for her contribution, helping to make Cassiltoun the diverse and efficient organisation we are today.

On behalf of our Board and Staff team we wish Fiona every success in her new role as the CEO of Govan HA".

 
Home Swapper Logo
 

'Is your home too small for your household?  Too big now that the kids have left home?  Or do you need to move for work, training or other reasons?'

(Published 1st October 2012)

Cassiltoun Housing Association is pleased to announce that it has signed up to a mutual exchange matching website for use by its tenants FREE of charge.  HomeSwapper is quick and easy to use with powerful and effective matching of people and properties.

If you register at www.homeswapper.co.uk, once your entry on the website has been approved by us, you will be able to access information about tenants throughout the UK who wish to exchange properties, as well as details of those wishing to move here.  HomeSwapper will also email you at regular intervals with details of suitable exchange partners.  If you do not have access to the internet, HomeSwapper will send you details of suitable exchange partners via your mobile phone every two weeks.

Members of the site can register the details of the property they currently live in, post photographs of their home and specify the type of property they want to move to and where.

If you do not have access to the internet yourself there are other ways for you to register and access the Homeswapper website;

  • Family or friends
  • Local libraries have internet access available to the public, as well as internet cafes

If you have any queries with this scheme please feel free to contact any member of the Operations Team who will be able to assist you.

 

'Cassiltoun Housing Association is now a member of Happy to Translate'

(Published 01/10/12)

Happy to Translate is a unique and innovative national scheme which bridges communication gaps between organisations and service users who struggle to communicate in English.

It is an award-winning not-for-profit initiative which uses an easily recognised logo and specialist tools and training to help people to overcome communication barriers. It enables people to receive information and services on an equal basis, in keeping with legislative requirements on equality issues.

As well as helping service users, it benefits organisations whose front line staff are trained to deal professionally with service users who are non-fluent English speakers. It also strengthens relationships between organisations and communities they serve.

 

‘Castlemilk Community Woodlands - Finalist at Scottish Green Awards’

(Published 06/10/12)

The multi-agency project was a finalist in the category of 'Best Community Initiative'.  Although the project did not win the overall award the judges at the awards ceremony in October 2012 stated they were impressed with the outcomes that have been achieved.

 
Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year

‘Chief Executive, Charlie Millar, collects award’

(Published 01/07/2012)

Cassiltoun HA Chief Executive Charlie Millar was awarded the Ernst & Young “Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012”. The award is in recognition of the social impact that Cassiltoun Housing Association has made in our community over recent years.

Charlie was happy to accept the award on behalf of the team at Cassiltoun HA and Trust who have helped to bring about improvements in our community.

Charlie is pictured receiving his award from Susan Aktemel the 2011 winner.

 
Anna Stuart receiving her MBE

'MBE For Anna Stuart'

(Published 25/06/12)

Anna Stuart has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Years Honours List for services to Housing and Regeneration in Castlemilk, Glasgow.

Clare Newton, Chair of EVH, said:

"EVH believed that Anna Stuart's superb contribution to housing in Scotland should receive some formally recognition. So we are delighted she has been given this recognition in the New Year's Honour's list."

"Anna was recognised by EVH in 2004 when she won our Committee Member of the Year Award. At that time she had nearly 25 years involvement in pushing for and achieving better housing for Castlemilk. But she has been at the forefront of Scottish community activism and housing now for over 30 years and there is hardly a major issue that she hasn't been involved in."

In her career, she has launched community ownership housing in 80's Glasgow; created local community businesses; run local youth club and set up a food co-operative; was on the Advisory Panel to the Children's Panel 1986-1998; was Chair of local Transport Group; was involved in the Second Stage transfer from GHA; was a board member of Secondary Housing Association in early 90's; created a joint service agency; and many more.

Cassiltoun has been her main interest and she represents them faithfully to EVH every month. They have grown from 90 houses to now over 1,000 today. Her interest in achieving real change has involved her in many projects which prove they are more than just a landlord.

The best recent example is the Cassiltoun Trust, which regenerated the award winning "stables" building in Castlemilk.

Clare added: "Anna is one of life's optimists. She brings lots of energy, enthusiasm and ideas to all her many endeavors (and with a smile too). This is even more impressive when you know that she is a proud mother and granny too. Scotland is a better place for the contribution of Anna and her colleagues and it is about time we celebrated them more."

 
70 Machrie Road receives Scottish Home Award 2012

‘70 Machrie Road Winner Scottish Home Award 2012 - Care Home’

(Published 30/06/12)

Congratulations to WD Architects who won the Scottish Home Award for the conversion of 70 Machrie Road from office accommodation to Care Home.  The contractor on this development was Stewart and Shields.

Cassiltoun Housing Associations' Chief Executive Officer said; “It is really satisfying to see our old office after this fantastic conversion making such a difference to people’s lives. The association is very proud of this award and well done to all those involved in the design team and planning of the project”

"Fair Deal is very proud to have been involved in the award winning design of the winner of the Scottish Homes Care Home of the Year development. WD Harley are outstanding and their commitment to involve people with a learning disability in the design sets them apart from their peers. They are very worthy winners of this award." Ann Marie Docherty Director.

 
Anna and Charlie with First Minister

‘James Dornan, MSP, Welcomes Anna Stuart to Parliament’ 

Cathcart MSP James Dornan welcomed well known Castlemilk housing campaigner and MBE, Anna Stuart, to the Scottish Parliament.

Anna, who was recently included in the Queen’s honours list for her services to campaigning for quality housing, has been a committed campaigner for quality social housing for over 30 years.

Local MSP James Dornan wrote to Anna congratulating her on her honour, and invited her through to Parliament to congratulate her in person.

Speaking after the visit, James Dornan said:

“It was a real honour to Have both Anna Stuart and Charlie Millar (Chief Executive of Cassiltoun Housing Association) through here in Parliament and she was delighted that First Minister Alex Salmond took some time to have a chat with her about the work that she does."

“Although this visit was primarily to congratulate Anna on receiving her honour, we had a very useful discussion about the role that Housing Associations can play in local communities."

“Cassiltoun Housing Association has taken on the role of much more than a landlord, but as a social partner in the community, and that is in no small way thanks to Anna herself, who has been a real driving force for positive change in Castlemilk over the years."

“Cassiltoun are always looking at ways to invest in new jobs, apprenticeships for local people and generally improve the community fabric of Castlemilk. They are a genuine social enterprise with the local community at its heart."

“I commend the work of Anna, Charlie and all the board members, staff and tenants of Cassiltoun who have worked extremely hard to make Castlemilk a better community – I am in no doubt that Castlemilk is a better place for their efforts.”

 
Minister for public health Michael Matheson

‘Minister for Public Health launches Craft Café SROI’

Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson said:

“I very much welcome activities such as Craft Café that tackle older people’s isolation and its negative consequences, for example a decline in good mental health. Such activities not only bring together individuals and communities, but also improve their overall health and well-being.”

“I believe that such activities can have a positive effect on shifting the balance of care away from the unnecessary or inappropriate use of hospital and institutional care towards strong community-based supports which enable older people to remain living healthily, happily and independently in their own communities.”

Craft Café offers a range of creative activities supported by a professional artist and the opportunity to socialise with peers. Craft Café members attend for free and are encouraged to take the lead on their own learning with a constant supply of materials and access to expertise. There is also the opportunity to sell their works at local craft sales and to exhibit in settings such as the Peoples Palace.

 
Michael Matheson and Margaret Millmaker

Charlie Millar CEO of Cassiltoun Housing Association said:

 

“Cassiltoun Housing Association`s role within the community goes beyond our landlord role as we face huge challenges supporting our elderly and vulnerable tenants. The success of Craft Cafe illustrates perfectly what we and our partners are trying to achieve. I would like to thank the Scottish Government for their funding support and also Impact Arts for their cutting edge approach to community development, which benefits many of our elderly and vulnerable tenants .What has been achieved is truly inspirational and I am pleased that the SROI report validates the return on investment.”

 

The SROI study was undertaken by the Social Value Lab and focuses on the impact of the Craft Café on reducing the isolation and loneliness experienced by older people. Attending the Café enables them to make positive lifestyle changes associated with ageing and, ultimately, to bring about a better quality of life.

PDF IconReport on Craft Cafe SROI
 
Charlie and James Dornan

'MSP Enjoys Visit to Association'

Local MSP James Dornan seen here pictured with CEO Charlie Millar when he visited Cassiltoun HA on Friday 30 September. Mr Dornan was on a fact finding mission to update himself not only on the diverse work and services provided by Cassiltoun but he was also keen to find out how he could support the Association in the future. Mr Dornan was also interested local issues that affect people and how he could help.

 

‘Cassiltoun Housing Association Awarded Investors in People Gold Standard’

 

(Published 01/03/2012)

Cassiltoun go for GOLD

Cassiltoun has recently been re-assessed by Investors in People.  Over the past 8 months the assessor has been speaking to the staff and Anna Stuart our Chairperson to see whether the staff and Board believe that they are valued by the organisation; their opinions listened to and acted upon and whether they get the opportunity to develop their skills.

Cassiltoun Housing Association got a glowing report and has been awarded the Gold Standard.  Some of the comments made by the assessor were:

I have no doubt that your success comes, in part, through the way you manage and develop your people. Your teamwork and enthusiasm are making a big impact on your results “

“You are constantly trying to improve the services you offer in all areas of your business”

“I loved the friendly and helpful atmosphere you create; not just for me, but for all those in the community who use your services”

Having set this high standard we now have the challenge to maintain it as we have to ensure we are continuously improving. The organisation is confident that we can achieve this.

This is a fantastic achievement, following a vigorous assessment, and shows the investment, time and importance we place on developing our staff pays off.  The Associations overall performance is excellent and continues to improve year on year.  We could not achieve our success without the dedication and hard work of our staff who are clearly motivated by first class working conditions”.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive

The Board are delighted to become a Gold Standard employer.  We pride ourselves in being a good landlord and obviously we need good staff to achieve the highest standards as a Housing Association.  It is important we retain our status and we will therefore continue to implement the best in good practice and invest in our staff team.  The results of our investment have been magnificent”.

Anna Stuart, Chairperson

 
Cassiltoun Awarded IIP gold standard

 

 
Picture of opening of 70 Machrie Road

‘£400,000 Office Revamp Creates Homes Offering Independent Living’

New homes offering independent living for people with physical and learning difficulties have been created from vacant Glasgow offices.

Cassiltoun Housing Association has transformed disused offices in Machrie Drive, Castlemilk, into six new flats at a cost of £400,000. The offices were used by the housing association before it relocated to its award-winning headquarters in the restored Castlemilk Stables.

An extension has been added to the original building to create five one bedroom properties and one two bedroom property. The larger flat has been designed to accommodate overnight support and there is also wheelchair access on the ground floor. The conversion began in February this year and it was completed at the end of last month (August).

Cassiltoun Housing Association worked on the project in conjunction with Fair Deal – a charity based in Castlemilk, which works with people with learning difficulties. Four of the six tenants were identified early in the process and, along with their support workers, were involved in the design process.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive of Cassiltoun Housing Association, said: “It’s satisfying to see these former offices put to good use providing independent living  for tenants with specialist requirements. There is a dire shortage of this type of accommodation and these properties have been designed to offer life enhancing homes for tenants.”

Anne Marie Docherty of Fair Deal said: “It has been a pleasure to work on this exciting project with Cassiltoun Housing Association. We have been involved at every stage in the development and the architects have designed the accommodation around each individual’s needs, wishes and aspirations.”

 
Picture of Fair Deal music group performing at the opening of 70 Machrie Road

New homes offering independent living for people with physical and learning difficulties have been created from vacant Glasgow offices.

Cassiltoun Housing Association have transformed disused offices in Machrie Drive, Castlemilk, into six new flats at a cost of £400,000. The offices were used by the housing association before it relocated to its award-winning headquarters in the restored Castlemilk Stables.

An extension has been added to the original building to create five one bedroom properties and one two bedroom property. The larger flat has been designed to accommodate overnight support and there is also wheelchair access on the ground floor. The conversion began in February this year and it was completed at the end of last month (August).

Cassiltoun Housing Association worked on the project in conjunction with Fair Deal – a charity based in Castlemilk, which works with people with learning difficulties. Four of the six tenants were identified early in the process and, along with their support workers, were involved in the design process.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive of Cassiltoun Housing Association, said: “It’s satisfying to see these former offices put to good use providing independent living  for tenants with specialist requirements. There is a dire shortage of this type of accommodation and these properties have been designed to offer life enhancing homes for tenants.”

Anne Marie Docherty of Fair Deal said: “It has been a pleasure to work on this exciting project with Cassiltoun Housing Association. We have been involved at every stage in the development and the architects have designed the accommodation around each individual’s needs, wishes and aspirations.”

 
Picture of Councllr Docherty Opening 70 Machrie Road

Glasgow City Council supported the project providing almost 60% of the costs through Housing Association Grant. Cassiltoun Housing Association provided the remaining £170,000.

Councillor Sadie Docherty performed the official opening ceremony.

She said: “Projects such as this are truly life-changing for the people involved. There is such a shortage of this type of accommodation and I know the residents are absolutely delighted with their new homes which will make the world of difference to them.”

The design team was led by W.D. Harley Architects – the firm which originally designed the offices. The other team members were Edwards Macdowall Consulting; Langmuir and Hay; Ramage Young; Hulley and Kirkwood; John Arnott Associates; CDM Scotland and Stewart and Shields. Impact Arts also helped the tenants choose kitchen fittings and colour schemes for their new homes.

 

'Benchmarking Results for 2011'

Please see below to compare Cassiltoun Housing Associations Performance against 43 other Registered Social Landlords in relation to the Key Performance Indicators.

Cassiltoun Housing Association's results are indicated in the light blue columns.

The Association is delighted with this year’s performance which places Cassiltoun's performance in the top quartile.  We have demonstrated continuous improvement both in terms of performance and delivering best value. 

 
 
Photo of AGM
 

ANNA STUART MBE IS AWARDED THE INAUGURAL MARY BARBOUR AWARD

The award recognises the contribution women who follow in the footsteps of Mary Barbour, make to community campaigning in Glasgow. The recipient of the award will be recognised as making a significant contribution to local communities through a specific campaign or various campaigns over a sustained period.

https://remembermarybarbour.wordpress.com/about-mary-barbour/

The Award was presented by the Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Thursday 25th August 2016.

20 nominees with their supporters, family and friends gathered to celebrate the role, influence and legacy of local woman who have made substantial contributions to their local communities.

Anna Stuart MBE said,

“I am truly honoured to have been nominated and mentioned in the same breath as Mary Barbour, never mind winning the award.  Tonight has highlighted the dedicated role women play in Glasgow.  I congratulate my fellow nominees and thank the organisers for promoting the work of women in local communities.  I have been supported by many people over the past 35 years and without their help, I would not be receiving this award which I dedicate to Castlemilk”.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive Officer said,

“Anna is a one off, a housing pioneer with a strong vision who keeps everyone at Cassiltoun on their toes by always looking to make things better for ordinary folk and in that respect I can’t think of a more deserving winner of this prestigious award”.

 
Anna Mary Barbour Award

REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT

(posted 26th August 2016)

ANNA STUART MBE IS AWARDED THE INAUGURAL MARY BARBOUR AWARD

The award recognises the contribution women who follow in the footsteps of Mary Barbour, make to community campaigning in Glasgow. The recipient of the award will be recognised as making a significant contribution to local communities through a specific campaign or various campaigns over a sustained period.

https://remembermarybarbour.wordpress.com/about-mary-barbour/

The Award was presented by the Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Docherty at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Thursday 25th August 2016.

20 nominees with their supporters, family and friends gathered to celebrate the role, influence and legacy of local woman who have made substantial contributions to their local communities.

Anna Stuart MBE said,

“I am truly honoured to have been nominated and mentioned in the same breath as Mary Barbour, never mind winning the award.  Tonight has highlighted the dedicated role women play in Glasgow.  I congratulate my fellow nominees and thank the organisers for promoting the work of women in local communities.  I have been supported by many people over the past 35 years and without their help, I would not be receiving this award which I dedicate to Castlemilk”.

Charlie Millar, Chief Executive Officer said,

“Anna is a one off, a housing pioneer with a strong vision who keeps everyone at Cassiltoun on their toes by always looking to make things better for ordinary folk and in that respect I can’t think of a more deserving winner of this prestigious award”.

 
Youth Group

Youth Group visits


(posted 6th July 2017)


On Wednesday 5th July 2017, 16 local young people enjoyed a day of water walking, archery, laser tag, pedal karts, and grass sledging in the beautiful setting of Auchengillan Outdoor Centre.  Our Youth Meet-Ups Group worked hard to fundraise for the transport.  A huge well done to them!  Opportunities like these rely on our young people sharing their ideas, getting involved in making them happen and ensuring the day is a success, so thank you to all who participated!



 
 
 
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