Linstone Housing Association will mark its 20th year with a focus on tenants and communities, the charity has said.
The not-for-profit organisation will celebrate their anniversary with various community events including a Civic Reception in Paisley Town Hall hosted by The Provost of Renfrewshire, Lorraine Cameron and a Tea Dance in the Tweedie Hall in Linwood.
Linstone said each event is an opportunity to say thank you and to strengthen existing relationships with tenants and residents, staff and committee members, as well as partner organisations.
The charity was set up in 1998 following a stock transfer from Scottish Homes, receiving around 1,570 properties, instantly becoming one of the largest housing associations in Renfrewshire.
They get their name from merging the ‘Lin’ in Linwood and taking ‘stone’ from Johnstone, where most of their homes are situated.
In 2000, MSP for the Linwood area at the time, Wendy Alexander, officially opened Linstone’s first office at 32 Burnbrae Avenue, Linwood.
Adele Fraser, Chief Executive of Linstone Housing Association, said: “We want to mark our 20th anniversary by holding some really good and inclusive community events.
“As well as looking back with pride to what has been achieved in the last 20 years, we are also looking forward to our new 5 year Business Plan. ”
Video: Linstone has created a short video that shows images from their 20 year history
Linstone are fully committed to strengthening the local communities where they serve and over the course of 2017, their Community Based Transitional Employment Programme (CBET) was set up.
CBET provides a stable and supportive working environment with Linstone and partner organisations to offer a nurturing transitional work place for people in the local community seeking work.
The programme, launched at the beginning of 2018 now has 32 participants from the local community, some of whom are Linstone tenants. CBET has been hugely successful and was a finalist in the ‘Community Contribution Award’ at the Scottish Home Awards this year. For the past two decades Linstone has worked in partnership with external agencies to provide the highest standards of service and support to the local community.
Looking to the future, Linstone has created a new 5 Year Business Plan that outlines some of the exciting projects that are planned. The first is to deliver a new service called Linstone 20/20.
Chief Executive Adele Fraser, said: “[the project is] about expanding the work that we are already doing in our local communities by developing additional community hubs in Linwood and Johnstone.”
Linstone 20/20 will help build local people’s digital skills to promote social inclusion and increase employment opportunities, increase community cohesion by enjoying a sense of belonging and neighbourliness and build confidence, personal resilience, and provide opportunities to support / inspire others.
The project is one of many, the charity believes, will cement Linstone Housing Association’s commitment to enhance communities and improve houses.
Main Photo: MSP for the Linwood area in 2000, Wendy Alexander opens Linstones first office at 32 Burnbrae Avenue, Linwood. Photo Credit: Linstone Housing Association