Thursday, 15 May 2014

Local Association takes top prize at Housing Awards

Ardrossan-based Cunninghame Housing Association further enhanced its reputation last week when it scooped the top prize at the 2014 UK Housing Awards.

At a glittering event in the Lancaster London Hotel, hosted by comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke, the local housing association won the prestigious ‘Landlord of Year’ award. However, that was not the only prize to be making its way back to North Ayrshire. Also won by Cunninghame Housing Association was the award for ‘Small Social Landlord of the Year’, while the organisation’s Financial Inclusion Team came close in the ‘Innovation of the Year’ category.

The UK Housing Awards are held annually and mark outstanding contributions made by housing organisations in helping to improve the lives of people in their communities. The top prize of Landlord of the Year is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Cunninghame Housing Association is marking its 30th year as a local housing provider, having been formed in 1984. The organisation currently owns 1,739 socially rented homes and operates as factor for a further 378 properties.

The Association is run by a Board of Management consisting of 16 volunteers from the communities in which it has houses. Day-to-day operations are overseen by Chief Executive Frank Sweeney who relies on 81 members of staff to deliver the high standards that have brought Cunninghame Housing Association such prestigious recognition.

The Association’s achievements have also been recognised in a Scottish Parliament motion lodged by Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson, which speaks of Cunninghame Housing Association “making its communities better places in which to live”.

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