IMG 1041 CroppedThe vice chairman of Grampian Housing Association has become the organisation’s first voluntary Board member to achieve a new qualification in housing. 

Peter Kennedy, who is also one of the Association’s sharing owners, was awarded the Level 4 Certificate in Housing.  He completed the online course through the CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing) Academy. 

Malcolm McNeil, director of corporate services said: “Peter has successfully combined his studies with board membership, full-time work and other voluntary commitments and we congratulate him on this achievement. 

“He is now well equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to face the current challenges in housing.”

Commenting on his award Peter Kennedy said: “I have a keen interest in housing so it was a natural progression to pursue this opportunity.  

“It has furthered my understanding of key issues in housing strategy, policy, finance and law which will be of benefit in our Board discussions about delivering customer focussed housing services from a strategic point of view.”

Introduced at the beginning of 2016, only 70 people UK wide have completed the revised qualification to date.  Peter Kennedy is now preparing to continue his studies to the Diploma in Housing leading to chartered membership.  

Grampian Housing Association is governed by a voluntary Board of Management made up of tenants, residents and people from the community who are committed to providing affordable homes for people in housing need.  Many Board members have professional backgrounds in areas including finance, business, law, construction, property maintenance and customer service.

With more than 3,500 homes under management and a turnover of £16million, Grampian Housing Association is a leading provider of housing and related services across the three local authority areas in the North-east of Scotland. 



Following consultation with both tenants and current housing applicants in January, the proposed changes to the Mutual Exchange Policy were adopted, as of 26th January 2018.

To see the full policy, click here



09117ScottSutherlandPrizegiving1A quantity surveying graduate of Robert Gordon University has been awarded an annual prize in memory of a former chairman of Grampian Housing Association.  

James Valentine, who now lives and works in Edinburgh, was presented with the David Young Memorial Prize at a prizegiving ceremony at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment on Tuesday (November 7). 

Sponsored by Grampian Housing Association, the prize is in memory of its former chairman and board member David Young, who passed away in 2013. 

The prize is awarded annually to the student who completes the best surveying integrative studies project.  James received his prize from GHA’s chief executive Neil Clapperton at the ceremony, which was held at the university’s Garthdee campus.  

Course leader Dr Michael Dignan said: “James has improved every year and this continued into his final year, where he really found his feet and excelled. This culminated in an excellent piece of project work in his final semester. 

“He was awarded the prize in recognition of his continued improvement that led to excellence.” 

Neil Clapperton said: “I was delighted to attend the prizegiving ceremony to present the award to James, who is a very deserving recipient. 

“Grampian Housing Association is proud to support this award, which is presented each year in memory of our former colleague David Young. 

“David was a professional surveyor who always encouraged staff and helped them realise their potential, while continuously improving services for our tenants.” 

With more than 3,500 homes under management and a turnover of £18million, Grampian Housing Association is a leading provider of housing and related services across the three local authority areas in the north-east of Scotland.


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A day in the life of....
our Caretaker in Moray 

Hello, my name is Tim Fletcher and I have the job title of Caretaker.  My role is to carry out Factoring duties in the Moray area on behalf of the Association and the department I work for is Property and Estate Management.

So I start my day with bundling my piece break flask and sandwich for lunch into my day sack, unplug my works phone and lone working device, as I refer to as " my tracker " as this alerts GHA should be involved in an accident, fall ill and identifies my location at that time and make my way to the works van to meet my assistant John and load up the equipment we'll use during the course of the day.  We connect a trailer that carries a number of bins, mowers and other gardening equipment.  The vehicle is loaded by 8.30am and we start our day.

First location today is out to Lossiemouth, once on site and parked up we set about picking litter, hand grabbers and black bags at the ready.  This large scheme of 120 properties and a lot of open space takes on average 30 minutes to collect about 2 bags full each.  Back to the van where we start to prepare for the cleaning of the communal landings and stairs of 7 blocks of flats.  If we find any damage or lights not working we report this back to the Elgin Office to get fixed.  The work is interrupted with the morning piece break.  Everything stops for tea or so the saying goes, but we also need to check our phone for calls and emails.  We finish the work, store all the equipment away back in the van and unload the lawn mowers from the trailer, check them over, fill and start what seems like the never ending job of grass cutting, ear protectors on.  Thank goodness for headphones and a portable radio, as we start our daily 7 km walk, up and down, up and down, well you get the idea.

The morning soon passes and around 12.30pm lunch is eaten in the van, 1 o'clock comes around too soon and back to work.  One of the shrubbed flower beds has a number of annual weeds trying to take over, so some work is needed to clear the ground of  these, gardening forks out of the van along with a couple of small rubble bags to collect the weeds in, some areas we spray a weed killer, but this is not one of them, so back to basics and hand digging and removal of the weeds.

Once done its back to the van and head back to Elgin to start a number of gardens that are part of our assisted garden maintenance programme for tenants unable to look after their gardens.  We pull up at a property unload a mower and strimmer, one of us will mow, the other strimming the edges and then with the use of a blower clear any grass or debris from paths etc, load everything back up and off to the next property.  Here the tenant wants to be notified of our arrival before any work is started, we ring the bell and a very short time later the door is answered with the usual comment " you two again", same day and time each visit "like clockwork you two" and so the process is repeated.   Five properties need to be completed and this takes us up to the end of the day around 4.30pm when we start to head back.  Once back we check our phone for any emails or calls that need a reply, then unload the van and store the trailer safely away and  confirm the next day's work and discuss any issues.  At 5 o'clock it's time to set off home. 

Until tomorrow!





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