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Recovery Will Come, Thenue Members Told

Recovery from the “unprecedented challenges” faced in the current health emergency will come but won’t happen quickly, our Members were told this week. Meanwhile, housing associations everywhere including Thenue had demonstrated the vital role they fulfil in communities which went far beyond building new homes and collecting the rent, our Chief Executive Charles Turner told the meeting. Charles said: “Recovery is about progression not perfection. It is about restoring the overall performance here at Thenue to something that resembled our performance before the pandemic.

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A True Work of Art

Stunning new artistic landmark depicting St Thenue is now complete

The stunning and colourful mural by artist Mark Worst received the finishing touches this week.

His brilliant work showing the mother of Glasgow’s patron saint St Mungo has been a major talking point since it first started to take shape some weeks ago.

Located on the gable of 374 Abercromby Street, Calton, it was commissioned by Thenue to mark our 40th anniversary in 2019.

It is a striking reminder of who the housing association is named after and the perfect way to mark four decades of service to the community.
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Gas Safety - Re-instatment of Forced Access Visits

Gas Safety visits to your home
The annual Gas Service visit is essential to ensure the safety of you and others in your property. Thenue had temporarily suspended the process to force access into properties if required to carry out the visit. We are now re-instating this process as the visit is essential to ensure tenant safety and to meet current Gas Safety regulations.
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Office Re-opening Delayed

Following the First Ministers announcement, we can confirm that unfortunately we will not be reopening the office on Monday 14th September. Our service delivery shall continue by contacting us by telephone, text, email or through our App. Read more

Money Advice - Update

Please read below to find out more about new benefits that have been introduced which you may be entitled to. Read more

Our New Mural Is Taking Shape

We are pleased to bring you an update on our exciting new mural in the east end which is attracting considerable attention.In our Spring Newsletter we told you of our plans to create the mural which reflects our strong bond to Glasgow.

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Read our Autumn Newsletter

Our autumn newsletter is now available for you to read, just click on 'download file' below. You will find articles on what's changed as a result of the coronavirus lockdown, our tenant survey which is being carried out by IBP Strategy and Research, all the great activities that the Area Associations have been carrying out over the last few months and you can read the Cashpoint insert which contains lots of useful information on how we can help you make sure you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to. Read more

Sick of looking at the same four walls?

Join our final Choices for Change course for a chance to get out of the house, meet new people, improve your health and wellbeing, and get a chance to earn recognised SQA and Glasgow Kelvin College Certificates too. Choices for Change is a personal development course open to all adults, and will run for 10 weeks on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am-3.00pm, out of Netherholm Community Hall. You’ll get the chance to take part in de-stressing and motivational sessions, health and wellbeing sessions, receive energy and money advice and support, and learn IT skills for beginners, as well as gaining a First Aid Certificate. Read more

Fire at Landressy Place

We can confirm that a fire occurred at a building site in Landressy Place which is the location for 27 retirement properties being built by Thenue. Fortunately no one was hurt. The fire was quickly brought under control and we are grateful to one Member of the Association who raised the alarm and to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their quick attendance and professionalism. This incident is being investigated by the police. The site is currently dormant after the main contractor undertaking the work was placed in administration some months ago. Work will resume once Thenue appoints a new contractor Read more

We'll soon be back...

...Truth be told we never went away!

As lockdown eases we’re pleased to announce that we are preparing to re-open our office at 423 London Road. It’s clear that Covid-19 has not gone away, and we need to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible.

Our target date for reopening our office is 14 September we will at all times ensure that we follow Government guidelines so this may change. This is a new way of working for all of us so thank you for your patience over the last few months and going forward, as we adjust to carrying out some of our services in a different way.
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Bean Making A Big Difference!

Netherholm Community Food Hub has fulfilled a vital role thanks to a team of dedicated volunteers whose healthy food packages have kept Netherholm residents going.

Netherholm Area Association - which is affiliated to us here at Thenue - also swung into action at the start of the pandemic and was soon working in partnership with the food hub in handing out its much-needed food packages.
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Housing Minister Pens Open Letter to Social Housing Tenants

Housing minister Kevin Stewart has moved to reassure social housing tenants of the safety measures in place as landlords plan the resumption of routine repairs and planned maintenance work. In an open letter to council, housing association and housing co-operative tenants to provide information and advice on Scotland’s Route Map for moving out of the coronavirus crisis, Mr Stewart said individual landlords are now beginning to plan for resuming services following the guidance available, and taking account of local circumstances.
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We Are Still Here To Support You...

During this period of lockdown, we have been delighted to have spoken to so many of our tenants.For some it has been the first person they have spoken to in such a long while. These conversations start with some of the usual housing issues such as repairs, rent arrears or benefit enquiries, but end up with discussions on how we are all coping with these extraordinary times.

Tenants have told us that they are delighted we are able to continue with the high level of service that they have come to expect from Thenue and thank us for our continued support. We have been involved in increasing numbers of foodbank and food parcel referrals and working closely with the other services within Thenue.
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Gutter Cleaning

Our Contractor Paterson Safety Anchors (PSA) will be carrying out the gutter cleaning contract over the coming months.

Due to the current restrictions in light of Covid - 19, PSA will be following the Guidance issued by The Scottish Government, processes have been put in place to ensure that Hygiene Measures and Social Distancing will be maintained where possible while carrying out this service. As PSA use a pole cleaning system, ladders are not required. However they may need to enter gardens or common landscape areas.


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Do you Know an Older Person who is Experiencing Loneliness?

Still Game star Greg Hemphill is backing this worthwhile campaign. If you know anyone who could benefit from this, please follow the link below for more information.

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Information on Help From the UK Government for the Self Employed

The UK Government has announced that it will offer a second grant to qualifying self employed people whose businesses have been adversely affected by the pandemic. This will be paid in August.

This is in addition to the first grant of up to £7500 which is currently being paid.

There will undoubtedly be a number of Thenue tenants who are self employed and who need to be aware that this money is available from the State to combat the effects of the ongoing health emergency.
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Non-Emergency Repairs

We are committed to providing the best repairs services we possibly can during the current climate. Unfortunately due to the ongoing Covid 19 situation we are unable to carry out a full repairs service at the present time but, as per Government Guidelines, we continue to attend to all emergency repairs. The repairs team have been working hard to ensure that all the non-emergency jobs reported have been logged onto the system to be processed once we are safely able to do so.

Once restrictions are lifted staff will work through the backlog of jobs contacting tenants to arrange access for their repair. If you have already reported a repair please be patient and as we work through the list as this process may take several weeks to complete. If you have reported a repair, we will be in touch to discuss it with you as soon as possibly. In the meantime if you have any questions or issues please contact our repairs team on 0141 550 9516


After 24 years with us…

…our longest serving Board Member, Charlotte Levy, has decided to call it a day!

First elected back in September 1996, Charlotte has been one of our loyal, passionate, faithful and constant supporters. She served five years as our Vice Chair before becoming our fourth Chair, for a further five years back in 2002.

Charlotte has an ongoing and constant love affair with Committees! She is effective in leading them, steering them and ensuring that their governance arrangements are strong. The Nolan principles of leadership, selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, honesty and leadership, set out in 1995, were values very dear to Charlotte many years before they became fashionable.
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Survey Seeks to Better Understand Housing Options for Scotland’s Elderly

The Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) and Sovereign Partnership have partnered to produce a survey to help better understand the needs and demands of those approaching retirement. In partnership with the University of Aberdeen, the organisations are looking to understand the late-life housing preferences across a range of different people. Views are being sought from people over the age of 55 who live in Scotland so that policymakers, developers and caregivers can be better informed to help to provide Scotland’s retirees with more variety and choice in later life housing in years to come. Read more

Scottish Parliament agree it is important to continue to pay your rent...

A recent vote in the Scottish Parliament confirmed how important it is that tenants continue to pay their rent.

The initial amendments were only intended to relate to Private Landlords but Social Landlords were included at the last minute.

These amendments would have introduced a two year freeze on rent and a payment holiday for those tenants who could not afford to pay their rent, during this time.

Parliament agreed that this could cause severe financial problems for Social Landlords and that this could force many to reduce the number of services they provide.
Social Landlords were then removed from these amendments.

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The Handyperson Service

The Handyperson Service continues to operate during this time carrying out only urgent and essential jobs. Jobs such as:

changing light bulbs
moving furniture for safe movement around the home / installation of hospital equipment
fitting smoke alarms/batteries
fitting CO2 detectors/batteries
grab/hand rails
supply and fit of keysafes
lowering or renewing thresholds
putting up curtains with no current covering on for example ground floor rooms
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Lottery Boost for Thenue Students

We are continuing to support our communities during the coronavirus emergency - thanks to National Lottery funding.

We have received further support of £37,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund to ensure our popular “Choices for Change” personal development and wellbeing programme can adapt and change quickly.
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Annual Gas Safety Checks

City Technical Services(CTS) have continued to carry out the Annual Gas Servicing – which is a legal requirement (Annual Gas Safety Check (Gas Safety (Installation And Use) Regulations 1998) to ensure the safety of our residents while Staying Safe at Home Read more

A £60k Cash Boost to Help our Communities

A £60,000 cash boost for our communities has been received from the Scottish Government.
We are hugely grateful for the money which has been secured from the Government’s £20 million Supporting Communities Fund set up during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Many organisations across Scotland are receiving cash having been designated as “community anchor” groups – vital lifelines for communities as Thenue and our partners have demonstrated in recent weeks.
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Things aren’t the same here as they are in England

Today the coronavirus lockdown eased slightly in England as some return to work. Here in Scotland, there is no change. As things stand in Scotland, the status quo exists in terms of work life, with the following statement from the Scottish Government remaining valid:

“As set out in Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying at home and away from others: people can travel to and from work, but only where they cannot work from home. All business workplaces that are not being specifically required to close should consider a set of key questions – and at all times work on the precautionary basis:
• Is what you do essential or material to the effort against the virus or to the wellbeing of society?
• Are you able to demonstrate and give confidence to your workforce that you can consistently practice safe social distancing and comply with all other standard health and safety requirements?”

As soon as there is a change – we’ll implement it here at Thenue.
Stay safe. Stay at home.
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Thank you! From you to us and Back Again!

We always do our best, and the past few weeks have obviously been more difficult that most. But we thought that we would like to say a big thank you to all our tenants that take the time to appreciate what we are doing. Read more

Important Update on Coronavirus and Help for the Self Employed

TWO initiatives have been launched to help self employed people cope with the current health crisis.

It is recognised that many of the self employed have been adversely affected by coronavirus.

There are two different schemes available – one from the United Kingdom Government and one from the Scottish Government.
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New Warning Over Washing Machines

MORE potentially dangerous washing machine models have been added in a new safety recall.

Around 55,000 washing machines should stop being used and need either replacing or repairing due to a fire risk.

Another 21 models have been added to the list of 524,000 Hotpoint and Indesit machines – including tumble dryers - being recalled by manufacturer Whirlpool.
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Construction Work at our Site at Landressy Place has Stopped.

Construction at Landressy Place ceased on 23rd March, and unfortunately there is no prospect of that staring up again for the foreseeable future.

Central Building Contractors, (CBC), were in the middle of a £4 million contract building 27 retirement flats at Landressy Place. However on 29th April 2020 it was announced that family-run Central Building Contractors (Glasgow) Limited had been placed into administration following years of “challenging trading conditions in the construction sector”.
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Neighbourhood Comes Together to Help Those in Need

Like so many housing associations across Scotland, along with our valued partners, we have mobilised our resources to reach out to and support residents in need following the coronavirus lockdown. Read more