2 News Pleased to meet you
Gordon Sloan GHA Chair
I’M sorry to say this is my last column for the Key magazine. I’m standing down as Chair of GHA
after six years. It’s fair to say GHA has helped shape some remarkable changes to Glasgow over that time. Tens of thousands of homes have been improved and hundreds of new homes built.
That has helped us make communities tenants can be proud to live in.
The demolitions – particularly the
Bluevale/Whitevale blocks in the East End – have transformed the city skyline for ever. Another real highlight for me has been the Click & Connect centres supported by GHA – and featured on the front cover of this issue of the Key. The free computer centres give
tenants free access to the internet, which is an essential tool in today’s digital world. It’s one of the many achievements GHA can be really proud of. I’d like to say a big thank-you to my
fellow Board members and to GHA staff who take such pride in helping tenants. Finally, I’d like to thank tenants in
every corner of Glasgow. It’s been an absolute privilege to serve you as Chair of GHA. I look forward to our new Chair
continuing to help GHA create better homes, better lives and a better Glasgow.
Glasgow Housing Association www.gha.org.uk
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Summer events make sure we listen to you
FROM Pollok to Parkhead, we’ve been out talking to tenants and getting their views on GHA services. GHA staff were out and about all summer listening to tenants’ views on services and talking about the work we’re doing to improve homes and communities. Events such as gala days, open days and meet-and-greet events have been good ways for staff to meet tenants face-to-face. In Darnley, in the South, staff held an
‘in your street’ open day in August. Housing officers also received positive
feedback about GHA’s investment in the area. In Pollok, tenants were invited to a ‘meet and greet’ event in the Devol and Brockburn areas to give us their ideas on improving people’s homes and the environment. In the North East, tenants heard about investment plans in Ruby Street and Baltic Street at an open day in Bridgeton.
The blocks there are having the foyers upgraded and lifts replaced. The foyers in the Helenvale Street blocks are also
MEET AND GREET: Jayden O’Hara, 3, and Millie Clark, 4, with the GHA mascot in Darnley
being upgraded. Tenants also heard about backcourt upgrades in Coalhill. In Milton, in the North West, the ARC
gala day in August was a chance for staff to promote GHA services such as the welfare benefit advisors. And in Drumchapel, tenants gave their
feedback on GHA’s plans for new homes in the Linkwood area. GHA Chair Gordon Sloan said: “It’s been good for staff to get out and meet tenants and take on board their ideas.”
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