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Cassiltoun Housing Association


Facts & Figures

Organisation Name:Cassiltoun Housing Association
Individual Name:
Area Served:Castlemilk, outskirts of Glasgow
Population:Between 1971 and 1991 the population of 37,000 fell by almost a half. It currently stands at approximately 11,000.
Sketch:

In the 1950s displaced people from inner city slum clearances were moved to Castlemilk. Poor initial planning lead to isolation and a lack of basic amenities. Unemployment grew due to decline of local industries and poverty/social problems ensued. A locally driven housing stock transfer to Cassiltoun Housing Association (prev. Castlemilk East Co-Op) initiated the beginnings of both a physical and social regeneration of the area which continued with the restoration of Castlemilk Stables. Cassiltoun Housing Association and the Cassiltoun Trust are key community anchors as both are vehicles for change within the community and the Stables are a nationally recognised focal point for the area.  The Cassiltoun Group has expanded to include a pre-5 nursery.

 

Legal Form:

Cassiltoun Housing Association Ltd is a charity.
The Cassiltoun Trust is also a charity and is a subsidiary company of the Housing  Association

Volunteers:14 - working on boards and 6 regular volunteers on environmental projects
People Benefitting:Local people of all age groups benefit through housing, training, voluntary experience, access to information and services and children benefit directly from the pre 5s nursery.
Staff:18 for housing association and 10 for the nursery
Turnover:?3,500,000
Earned Income:

£3,200,000

Assets:

Housing - 1000 properties; Castlemilk Stables.

Value of assets:Housing Association assets are worth ?10.3 million. There is no current valuation of the Stables Block, but it is estimated to be worth around ?5million.

Roots & Links

Origins:

The Castlemilk East Housing Co-operative.was first registered in 1984 when local tenants decided to do something about their appalling housing conditions. In 2004 the housing co-operative converted to charitable status, and changed the name of the organisation to Cassiltoun Housing Association. The Cassiltoun Trust was established in 2000 to undertake the conversion of the Stables Block as a community hub.

Governance:

Any tenant, joint tenant, dependent or resident of Castlemilk can become a member of the Housing Association by purchasing a share of the organisation for £1. Members elect a Board of Management at the AGM to govern the organisation’s affairs. The Trust Board is made up of a mix of community representatives, elected members and representatives from local agencies and is also elected at an annual AGM. The Nursery Board is made up of a mix of community representative, professionals and parents.

Community Links:

The Association and the Trust have strong links with all the local schools and nurseries.  We work in partnership with other local Housing Associations and the Jeely Piece Club.  We are also developing services alongside Glasgow Regeneration Agency and Glasgow City Council.  The Association actively engages with the local community through events and activities and community consultations

External Links:

The anchor organisation is represented at a local and national level through a number of forums/bodies including the Community Planning Partnership, Local Housing Forum, Wider Role Forum, Employers in Voluntary Housing, Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and DTA Scotland. The Housing Association holds Investors in People Gold status.

The multi award winning Stables Block now houses offices, a nursery, education/recreation facilities as well as the Housing Association offices and has external courtyard and community garden space.

Activities

Physical Hub:

The multi award winning Stables Block now houses offices, a nursery, education/recreation facilities as well as the Housing Association offices and has external courtyard and community garden space.

Builds Local Capacity:

Opportunities to develop skills, training and employment are offered to local people.

Delivers Services:

We deliver: affordable mainstream housing; supported housing; benefits advice; premises for a nursery facility; space for training/away days and meetings; physical, craft, healthy eating and environmental activities.

Develops/Manages Property:

Owns and manages 1000 residential properties; developed, own and manage Castlemilk Stables.  Owns a pre-5 nursery, a residential home for elderly homeless men and currently developing plans for an old church building and adjacent green space 

Other:

Rental income from office and nursery space provides long term sustainable future for Castlemilk Stables. Stables Block running costs are low due to use of renewable energy – ground source heat pumps and solar gains.  The Stables is a platform for wider regeneration activities which now include Castlemilk Park and plans to develop a social enterprise.

Main Achievements:

Restoration of Castlemilk Stables and retaining this important building as a well used financially viable community asset

Increasing the profile of Castlemilk through wider engagement work.  

Capacity building amongst volunteers who have control and leadership of the organisation.  

A successful employability programme that has seen 70% of participants moving into employment

What Next

Biggest Challenge:

Accessing funding in a challenging economic climate.Delivering a range and variety of programmes with multiple funders with different funding parameters.

Lessons Learned:

Never underestimate the level of time and commitment required even to deliver a small project.  
Investing time in developing good working relationships with partner organisations is essential.

Aspirations:

Further regeneration of Castlemilk Park
Development of new Social Enterprise to increase economic activity within Castlemilk and increase opportunities for training and employment.

Contact

Name:Charlie Millar
Title:Chief Executive
Address Line 1:59 Machrie Road
Address Line 2: G45 0AS
City:Glasgow
County:
Telephone:0141 634 2673
Fax:0141 634 9987
Email:Charlie.millar@cassiltoun.org.uk
Website URL:www.cassiltoun.org.uk
District:Glasgow, City of