Linstone issues AGM ‘thank you’ to members and tenants
Tenants have been praised for their “support patience and understanding” which helped get Linstone Housing through the challenges of the pandemic.
They were singled out for praise from chair Jamie Irvine in his address to Tuesday’s Linstone AGM which was held digitally.
In an upbeat message to members, Jamie said the Association was on course to return to “more normal circumstances” as it moved towards a reopening of its office in Linwood.
He also praised Linstone’s staff and fellow board members for coping with the unprecedented challenge of carrying on Linstone’s important work during the most difficult months anyone has ever experienced.
He said: “I want to particularly commend the I.T. staff at Linstone whose skill and commitment have contributed greatly to allowing the Association to carry on with its important work.”
It was also revealed that Linstone secured a colossal £300,000 in funding to distribute to groups across Renfrewshire thanks to its Scottish Government designation as a “community anchor organisation”.
The money was also used, in some cases, to support individual tenants whose lives had been turned upside down by the effects of the pandemic.
A special video was made for the AGM outlining the efforts of the Association and its staff and how tenants were helped during the most difficult period housing associations have ever encountered. It can be seen on the Linstone website.
Meanwhile, chief executive Adele Fraser assured members that the emphasis would be to ‘Build Back Better’ on a hybrid approach to working along with a phased re-opening of Linstone’s office.
Adele said: “We continue to offer a strong level of support for tenants through what is known as our ‘Linstone Covid-19 Response’ operation where we regularly contact people to establish if they need support.
“Every day the team has lots of conversations offering help with the different challenges tenants face. The team takes an individual approach to each case which may include material and financial support or signposting to other local organisations.”
Adele also said the Association was taking a “cautious approach” to the reopening of its sheltered housing common rooms but recognised the importance of these facilities in bringing people together.