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Barrhead Housing Association
Chair

Welcome to Barrhead HA

The last few months have clearly presented many unexpected challenges and despite all efforts to plan for unexpected business disruption, we could never had envisaged such a scenario actually becoming so acute. Efforts to keep services running, staff and customers safe have been our major priorities. We, however, are now in planning mode to ensure services resume in the safest manner possible. This is going to take some time and will bring lots of challenges over the coming period.

It is important that we are guided with great leadership and support as we move forward. We are not yet out of the woods.

Barrhead HA has a long and successful track record of supporting our wider community. Our vision states that we believe that everyone deserves to live in a secure, good quality well-maintained home, within communities that are safe, supported and inclusive. As we all live through the COVID-19 pandemic, this is more important than ever.

Many of our customers will be relying on us during these uncertain times so we will need to provide the leadership, guidance and support they are looking for. Being located in the community for nearly 35 years gives us a strong sense of purpose and presence, and we will work with our customers to ensure we strengthen our ties even further, working with well-established partners as we do so. This includes our effective partnerships with the local authority, the third sector, the private sector and FLAIR (the federation of local housing associations in Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire).

While it is important that we have dedicated service provision for welfare benefits, and community regeneration funded projects, we have lots to do to support our tenants and residents through times of economic hardship and on their health and well-being. In addition, we will focus on future investment to maintain and improve our properties with a large planned maintenance programme to deliver over coming years. Meeting the demands of raising standards across the sector on energy efficiency and fire safety will remain a priority. Equally important is our commitment to contribute to the demand for new social housing and my fellow Board members are committed to ensure that opportunities for growth through new build programmes and partnerships are maximised. Working closely with our East Renfrewshire Council colleagues also ensures we contribute to the housing needs of the whole local authority area, as well as working to alleviate homelessness.

The last 34 years has seen us develop and grow as a housing association, and the last 15 years has shown a commitment to improvement, good governance and sound financial management to ensure we continue to be the key local housing association in our area. Our Chief Executive is retiring and we are now looking for a leader who will guide and support the Association through the next phase. If you’re the leader who can take up this challenge, then we look forward to hearing from you.

David McCready
Chair of Barrhead Housing Association