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New Brand Identity for North Glasgow

 

A new brand identity was unveiled this week in North Glasgow with the launch of ng homes – the new trading name of North Glasgow Housing Association.

 

The new brand identity is a striking black and white logo with the ng representing North Glasgow - the association’s local community and “homes” representing the association’s core business.

 

The association, formed in 1976 by a group of local people, now provides 5,400 homes for rent and provides a factoring service to a further 1400 customers.

The social landlord whose head office is in Springburn has won a whole host of awards over the years and this year it was named the UK’s Best Large Housing Association by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

 

Robert Tamburrini, Chief Executive, thanked everyone for all their hard work and enthusiasm. He said: “The new logo will help us develop an even stronger sense of identity for North Glasgow and gain recognition for the huge number of residents, tenants and staff making a difference to our local communities.”

 

Chairperson of ng homes Pat Kenna said: “The new brand identity is fresh and modern and lets everyone know that we are in North Glasgow and that our main priority is to provide high quality affordable homes for local people.

 

The new brand is being applied to all building signage, stationery and other printed materials.

 

ng homes is a trading name of North Glasgow Housing Association

Hawthorn Street Tenants Raise Funds at Summer Fete

 

It was cupcakes, tea and scones all the way last week when the Hawthorn Street residents committee held their annual summer fete to raise funds for their sheltered housing complex in North Glasgow.

 

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Apart from the hugely popular home-baking stall, there were also stalls selling beautiful hand-made jewellery, exquisitely knitted dolls and a great selection of prizes on offer in the tombola.

 

Resident Doreen Young also took the opportunity to raise money for the Royal National Lifeboats Institute, something she has done for many years.  She said: “Every opportunity I get, I try to raise funds for the RNLI.  My husband was in the navy so I try to give whatever I can.”  Doreen is also a dab hand with a set of knitting needles and provided a lot of the knitted characters for sale on the day.

 

Assistant Housing Support Worker Gemma Plommer makes jewellery at home as a hobby and brought in a great selection of items to sell at the fete. From chains and necklaces to bangles and earrings there was a lot for buyers to choose from.

 

Sharon Hazlett, Sheltered Housing Manager said: “At North Glasgow we always support residents in their activities and it was good to see our local MSP, Committee members and so many local people turn up on the day as well as our staff to help out at Hawthorn Street.  The tenants and staff would like to thank all those who helped make the day very enjoyable for everyone.   I only have one regret - I may have eaten too many cupcakes!

 

The residents enjoy a range of activities at Hawthorn Street including carpet bowls, armchair aerobics, fish supper nights and bingo as well as lunch clubs, hairdressing and cream tea sing-a-longs.  Most recently they have been enjoying their community garden which has been equipped with raised beds and other planters as part of a Growing Spaces project allowing the residents to grow their own fruit and vegetables. 

 

 All in, the day raised around £500 for the residents committee funds and there are already plans to put the cash to good use with cinema nights lined up for the September weekend as well as booking entertainment acts to perform for the residents in the large common room.

 

Patricia Ferguson MSP popped in to support the sheltered housing complex and chat to tenants and said: “It was lovely of the residents to invite me along to their Summer Fete.  I know from past experience how successful the events at Hawthorn Street are and it was good to catch-up with them for a chat”.

 

Also attending the event were three members of the association’s Management Board: Bill Rossine, Tilly Dow and Doreen Shaw.  Doreen said: “From speaking to the residents they all enjoyed a great day and they are already planning for the next one, so watch this space”.

 

 

Carron Facelift Update

 

The carbon energy savings programme funded by British Gas and ng homes in the Carron area has been progressing well since the end of April.

 

Works so far have involved:

 

• New gutters and downpipes

• New soffits and fascias

• New tv /satellite containment system

• New gas boilers or heating systems for many

 

Most importantly the buildings are being covered in a new high insulation over cladding system. In addition to transforming the look of the Carron estate, the cladding should lead to a dramatic decrease in fuel costs. As this edition went to print, properties at 4 and 10 Carbisdale Street were nearing completion and already residents are commenting on how good the improvements to the properties look and how cosy their homes are. The remainder of Carbisdale Street will be completed over the next few weeks. Work is also ongoing at the 15 storey blocks in Eccles Street, the 8 storey blocks at Carron Place and to properties at Carron Crescent. The improvements are being delivered almost like four separate contracts so that they complete on time.

 

As we have said previously the works will continue until the end of October when the contract must be finished. Just in time for the impact of the insulation to be felt fully with winter approaching. The contract is currently on programme.  We do, however, realise that the works are causing some disruption to people living in the area.

 

We do try to minimise the effect of the works but ask for tenants patience and to allow the workmen access when required to complete their works.  With the school holidays underway, ng homes is asking that parents remind their children that the works and scaffolding is a building site and is dangerous.

 

Please do not allow children to play on the scaffolding or around the works. Let’s keep everyone safe.

THE partnership between Scotcash and ng homes has been a great success.

  

Many tenants and residents have benefited from affordable loans and access to financial advice since Scotcash moved into our Springburn office. The service will now also be available on Mondays in the Possilpark office.  The Association and Scotcash wanted to bring financial services closer to tenants and help reduce the cost of borrowing.

 

The service helps provide access to money advice and credit union savings accounts. Emma Paterson from Scotcash is now a familiar face in the Association’s Springburn office. She is pictured with colleague Sharon Macpherson at the site of the old fountain, near the Possilpark office to help promote the extension of the service. Some of the Scotcash clients are dependent on benefits and have previously had to rely on very expensive forms of credit, paying up to 272% APR or even more in some cases.

 

Many have also been able to get advice on debt and help with their finances as a result of the new service, which can make a big difference in addressing financial worries. Emma explained: “We have raised awareness in North Glasgow that there is an alternative to paying huge amounts of interest and that the more  affordable choice is Scotcash.”

 

You can book an appointment with Emma by calling the Scotcash office on 0141 276 0525. Emma works from 10am-4pm. She’s at Possilpark on Mondays and in Springburn Tuesday-Friday.

 

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