ACHA hosts successful Tenants’ Conference

Delegates contributing to the Q and A session

Tenant delegates from all over Argyll attended a successful Tenants’ Conference hosted by Argyll Community Housing Association (ACHA) in Inveraray last week which focused on three participative strands.

The conference was designed to allow tenant input and ideas to be discussed and brought forward to the Association’s strategic planning days on the February 27 and 28.

The first of the three strands was a presentation and question and answer session on the history of ACHA and the achievements and challenges of the first 10 years. This was followed by a review with participants of the Association’s current objectives with an input from tenants present to add new areas for consideration by the Board at its away days.

The third strand was an information gathering hub which provided stalls from Your Voice, ACHA’s consultative forum, Scottish Fire and Rescue, money advice, Home Argyll the common allocation policy and, lastly, Argyll and Bute Council’s Amenity Services team.

Speaking after the event, Alastair MacGregor, ACHA’s CEO, said: “It was really heartening to see such active and interested tenant participation; 8 themes ranging from ACHA focusing on estate investment through to how do we engage more with younger people came through as tenants’ priorities to be reviewed for our next strategic plan.”

He added: “The geography of Argyll and this week’s awful weather can challenge events like this but I would like to thank everyone who came and participated despite the weather.”

In a survey at the end of the conference those attending voted by a huge majority to hold a similar event in Inveraray next year.