Ayrshire Housing takes ownership of homes from local social care provider



Jim Whiston, director of Ayrshire Housing and Gerry Lindsay, managing director at Hansel

Social care provider Hansel and Ayrshire Housing have announced the transfer of ownership of a number of homes across the region into the housing association’s portfolio.

Following a period of consultation, Ayrshire Housing will now become the landlord to seven tenants at six properties located in Troon, Prestwick, Ayr, Kilmarnock and Mossblown.

The properties had been acquired by Hansel between 2001 until 2004 to enable people living with a learning disability to experience for first time the independence and freedom of having their own home. Hansel provided the dual role of landlord and support provider for individuals to enjoy more independent lifestyles in communities where they choose to live.

However, last year Hansel’s Board decided that the tenants’ housing needs would be better served by a local social landlord with greater capacity to service properties and attend to related personal housing matters, and at the same time, free up resources to let Hansel concentrate on the provision of personal care and lifestyle supports.

Gerry Lindsay, Hansel’s managing director, said: “This is tremendous news for people we have supported over many years, to now enjoy greater security through Ayrshire Housing’s longer-term tenancy arrangements.

“Ayrshire Housing was identified as our preferred partner as we already supported people living within their homes, and so we knew of the very high standards they set as a local housing association. We have been most impressed by the professional and thoughtful support they have provided to tenants during a period of transition last year, and we have no doubt that they will only enhance the landlord experience going forward.”

Jim Whiston, director of Ayrshire Housing, added: “I’m delighted that two of Ayrshire’s leading charities in their fields have come together to ensure the long-term welfare of the residents. We look forward to working with Hansel on future projects which combine housing and care. Special thanks go to East and South Ayrshire Councils, and the Scottish Government. Their grant assistance made the transfer possible.”



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