Event celebrates 20 years of Housing Options Scotland

(from left) John Evans, HOS Board member; Fraser Gilmore, HOS engagement & development manager; Danny Jones, HOS client; Graeme Jackson, HOS client; Tony Carruthers – Military Matters Associate and Christine Jackson, HOS client

(from left) John Evans, HOS Board member; Fraser Gilmore, HOS engagement & development manager; Danny Jones, HOS client; Graeme Jackson, HOS client; Tony Carruthers – Military Matters Associate and Christine Jackson, HOS client

Housing Options Scotland (HOS) invited employees, clients, business partners and local stakeholders to a special anniversary lunch yesterday to celebrate 20 years of offering housing advice to disabled people, older people and veterans.

Founded back in 1997, the Edinburgh-based organisation has grown from a small operation to a well-established charity helping an average of 500 clients per year. Over the last 20 years, HOS has built-up a reputation of excellence by providing its customers with advice and support on the complex design, financial and legal processes involved in buying or renting a property.

Moira Bayne, HOS CEO, reflecting on the company’s 20th anniversary, said: “We have pioneered agile working, the paperless office and also the use of associates. The board took a brave decision in 2010 to rebrand as HOS and in 2012 to create Military Matters, our veterans dedicated service, was formed. We never turn anyone away who needs our help.”

The anniversary lunch was held at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow. The event was a fantastic opportunity to hear some inspirational stories from former clients who have benefited from the charity’s help during their search for ‘the right house in the right place’. Christine Jackson, from Bearsden, first heard about HOS nine years ago. At this time, Christine was trying to find his own place for her son Graeme who has learning disabilities.

She said: “I will eternally be grateful for everything HOS has done for us. I have never met anyone else like Moira. I just can’t thank her enough.”

Thanks to HOS’ help, Graeme now lives on his own in a small flat bought by his parents.

“I enjoy living on my own because I can now watch football all day”, jokes Graeme.

The event also welcomed Martin Gibson, chair of Veterans Scotland, who congratulated HOS for Military Matters, his veterans dedicated service.

Martin said: “Transition for anyone is a challenge. At the end of a military career, you not only need a job but also a house. We want to prevent rather than cure. Thanks to Military Matters, there are lots of ex-military families who are now in the right house in the right place.”