Hawthorn Housing Co-op wins three awards in 30th anniversary year

Paul Sweeney MP and Alistair Wood of Remarkable making the presentation to Mattie McGeouch Chair of the Co-operative

Possilpark-based Hawthorn Housing Co-operative, which manages over 300 homes, has won three prestigious people management and organisational development awards.

The co-operative has received the Investors in People Platinum, Investors in Young People Gold and Developing Remarkable Boards awards.

In assessing the Co-operative against the developing Remarkable Boards framework, the co-op was also assessed against the Scottish Housing Regulator’s regulatory standards.

Paul Sweeney, MP for Glasgow North East, joined the co-op’s management committee and staff at their Possilpark office to present their awards on Friday afternoon.

The co-operative is celebrating its 30th anniversary, having been set up by local people to provide good quality homes for its members. It is managed by 15 people from this small community in its 316 homes. It is currently building 48 more homes.

Mattie Mcgeouch, chair of the co-operative, said: “Although we are small we have big ambitions for this community and the triple award reflects that we are still doing really good things after 30 years. I have lived in this community since before the Co-op was formed and you can sometimes forget just how much the community, through its Co-op has transformed this area.”

Peter Russian, chief executive at Remarkable, the organisation that delivers the awards, said: “Congratulations to Hawthorn Housing Co-operative on their Remarkable hat-trick. We’ve supported Hawthorn since 2009 and we’re delighted to see their ongoing dedication recognised with these awards.

“The highest of the Investors in People and Investors in Young People accolades, IIP Platinum and IIYP Gold awards both recognise organisations who are truly committed to their people, to continuous improvement and to customer service. It’s also fantastic to see Hawthorn’s commitment to developing an effective board, an increasingly important focus for organisations today.”

Paul Sweeney added: “Congratulations to Hawthorn Housing Co-operative on their 30th anniversary. Hawthorn Housing is founded on the principles of co-operation and as such, it is a beacon of community involvement and tenant participation, a fact which I was delighted to highlight in Parliament on the 10th of May.

“Hawthorn Housing Co-operative is an organisation I am extremely proud to be associated with. I’m sure there are many, many more successful years ahead.”

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