Winners announced: Chartered Institute of Housing (Scotland) awards

A SERVICE that provides accommodation for people at risk of homelessness, with landlords given the incentive of guaranteed rent (whether or not tenants pay their rents or properties are being used), has been named a winner at an awards ceremony recognising “the creativity, passion and innovation of housing organisations and individuals across the sector”.

The C~urb PSL scheme – with rents guaranteed by The City of Edinburgh Council – was named a winner in the ‘Excellence in the private rented sector’ category of the Chartered Institute of Housing (Scotland) Awards, held in Glasgow last night.

Says a CiH (Scotland) document (here) about all the shortlisted entries – there were over 120 nominations across 17 categories – the C~urb PSL scheme provides over 1,750 homes, “improving the lives of homeless people, including refugees,” in Edinburgh.

The full list of winners reads:

Excellence in customer service
Customer experience project – West Lothian Council

Excellence in housing innovation
Revive Scotland – Wheatley Group in partnership with Homefinder UK

Working in partnership
Peoplehood – Blackwood Group in partnership with Innovate UK and a consortium of nine industry partners

Excellence in development for affordable housing
Claish Farm, Callendar – Lovell Partnerships in partnership with Rural Stirling Housing Association

Excellence in tenant scrutiny
Working in partnership – Link Housing Association in partnership with Link Tenant Scrutiny Panel

Excellence in delivering homelessness services
Home First – Mature Rapid Rehousing – Perth & Kinross Council

Excellence in the private rented sector
Excellence in Edinburgh – C~urb PSL

Excellence in regeneration and sustainability
Taighean a’ Chaiseil, Isle of Skye – Staffin Community Trust in partnership with Communities Housing Trust and Lochalsh & Skye Housing Association

Housing provider of the year
Kingdom Housing Association

Excellence in health and wellbeing
Blantyre Care: Living with Innovation and Fully, Every Day – South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership in partnership with South Lanarkshire Housing and Technical Resources and Cruden Builders

Excellence in communications 
Communicating Wheatley Group to a global audience – Wheatley Group

Net zero in housing
Blackstoun Oval Retrofit Project – Renfrewshire Council

Apprentice of the year
Fern Barclay – Kingdom Housing Association

Outstanding contribution to housing
Laurie Naumann – Kingdom Housing Association
Dave Alexander – Eildon Housing Association

Excellence in leadership
Frank Sweeney – Cunninghame Housing Association

Housing team of the year
Community Housing Team (West) – Loreburn Housing Association

Young achiever in housing
Eilidh MacDonald – Kingdom Housing Association

Pictured: HQ of the Link Group, administrators of the C~urb PSL scheme, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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