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Scrutinising services with the help of TPAS Scotland

New TPAS Scotland member Clyde Valley Housing Association (CVHA) joins us at an exciting time.   Like most organisations during the pandemic, with over 4,600 properties across North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire and new homes in partnership with East Dunbartonshire, the CVHA staff were focused on providing crisis support for tenants.   As they return to normal,…

Scottish Housing Minister Speaking at this year’s Annual Conference

We are delighted the Housing Minister Paul McLennan is returning to speak at this year’s Annual Conference.   Mr McLennan will be joining delegates for a keynote address.  He will focus on some of the most pressing issues facing social housing in Scotland including;   the cost-of-living crisis and alleviating poverty housing and independent living…

North Lanarkshire Federation working with TPAS to boost Tenant Participation

Tenant participation is at the heart of North Lanarkshire Federation (NLF).  Working in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council and other local Registered Social Landlords, NLF’s aim is to strengthen and unify the voice of local tenant and resident groups and ensure local community’s ideas, actions and beliefs are part of the Council and Landlords decision making…

Listening to your Community

Tenants and Residents Associations (TRAs) were established to give residents who volunteer the opportunity to represent the views and interests of everyone living in their local region and make their neighborhood a better place to live.   TRA’s are, by design, there to support a community, but it is very easy to fall into the…

Housing Regulator publishes three year Strategy and work plans for 2024/25

The Scottish Housing Regulator today published its new three year Strategy and work plans for 2024/25. The Regulator’s priorities will be to: deliver its statutory functions: monitoring, assessing and reporting regularly on the performance of social landlords and the governance and financial health of RSLs making regulatory interventions where appropriate maintaining a register of social…

Time to Reinvent

One of our ‘not to be missed’ speakers on day one of this year’s Annual Conference is Mike Stevenson.  Mike has a truly inspiring story to tell as he’s transitioned from being homeless sleeping on the streets of London to a multi-awarding winning entrepreneur and international speaker.

Increasing young people’s representation in services and community

Encouraging young people to become more involved in housing, services and local communities in their local area, is a key driver for Elderpark Housing Association.  And it’s not just about engagement, there’s a huge challenge in keeping young people on the same page!   Jonathan Giddings Reid, Community Regeneration Officer at Elderpark Housing Association (EHA)…

Housing Regulator reports on gender equality on its board and highlights current Board vacancy

The Scottish Housing Regulator today reported on its contribution towards gender equality on public boards in Scotland and highlighted an opportunity to apply to join its Board.   The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 was introduced to help address the underrepresentation of women in public life. Public bodies must report on progress towards meeting the requirements. Scottish…

Scotland’s pathway to Zero Emissions Heating

A move to cleaner heating systems in Scotland’s homes and buildings is a key priority for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and help combat climate change.   With around 2.45 million homes in Scotland, all varied in type, use, size, age, construction, and energy efficiency, this work brings many challenges.   According to the Scottish Government, “Transforming…

Money Worries and Mental Health Workshop

We’ve all been there; not enough money to pay the bills or pay for our weekly shop, which can lead to stress and affect our mental health.  And when our mental health is bad, we may not be able to manage our finances.   Increasing cost-of-living pressures can lead to more financial stress, so knowing…

TPAS Scotland AGM – Communities having their Say

Friday 31st May 11am   This year’s AGM is just around the corner, and we are delighted to have Jimmy Black and Kieran Findlay joining us to record a Scottish Housing News Podcast debating the topic of ‘What are the benefits of Community Involvement?”   As we all know the community is at the core…

Food and Mood Workshop

Food has a direct impact on our physical health, but it also plays a significant role in our mental and emotional well-being. The foods we eat can influence our mood, energy levels and brain power.  Food is fuel. Nutrition is an essential part of a healthy life. Food impacts our weight and energy levels, but…

Stirling Tenants Assembly (STA) is a member of TPAS, and we are grateful for the support and advice which TPAS are always willing and able to provide. Last year our group had the benefit of training given by TPAS, particularly of use to newer members. The TPAS Annual Conference is an excellent learning opportunity. It is also a superb way to meet people from all areas of Scotland and to hear of their experiences with scrutiny and other activities. This is very helpful. TPAS keeps members continually aware of any events, training, study visits, etc. which members may find of interest.

Anna Johnston
Stirling Tenants Assembly

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