Barrhead Housing Association Ltd
Charity registered in Scotland SC036265
Barrhead Housing Association (BHA) is a key provider of social rented housing in East Renfrewshire. BHA is a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) with the Scottish Housing Regulator (HCB70). The Association currently owns 934 properties and provides factoring to 244 homes across Barrhead, Neilston, Newton Mearns and Thornliebank
Founded in 1986, the Association supports the delivery of community based activities which address issues of welfare reform and social inequality that impact on tenant households. In 2004, the Association became a registered Scottish charity (Reg No. SC 036265) and is registered with the Financial Conduct Authority and the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.
Our aim is to provide high quality housing that is both affordable and sustainable with a commitment to continuous investment, innovation and improvement. The Association is run by a Governing Board made up of local tenants and residents, housing professionals, our local councillor, and local business people
- From 1 November 2019 to 31 October 2020
- Award: £9,950 via Call 7
- Data published on 360Giving
Connecting Communities will be delivered by our new network of digital motivators champions working in social housing. Utilising our Digital Champions and Motivators our staff will work with individuals who are experiencing multiple disadvantages and utilise digital tools to overcome disadvantages. Through signing up to the Digital Participation Charter, BHA have committed to the 5 key pledges within this which include skilling up and supporting our staff This will be developed as a result of our attendance at the recent Digital Motivator/Champion Bootcamp and resulting training The programme will operate from 1ST Jan 2020 to 31st Dec 2020 and will aim to 1) Deliver awareness raising and digital resource use around accessing information online and developing confidence around using digital resources 2) Deliver ICT training based on identified skills gaps, needs analysis and themed around financial capability, digital skills for employment and accessing further education, learning and development opportunities. 3) Support our elderly residents to increase awareness of digital information and accessing public services through digital resources We will provide an appropriate number of laptop/tablet devices at community venues and access to internet. We will also encourage participants to use their own devices or those that they can easily access elsewhere. BHA will also recruit volunteers to support the sessions, this will support the sustainability of the programme and would encourage more service users to deliver digital skills mentoring within their own communities. Significant consultation has determine our priorities by reflecting local needs have helped us to gain support on a local basis for the projects that we may develop, this has included our Community Regeneration Strategy 2018-20, of which a Digital/Financial Inclusion has been set an Objective, including the following objective: Support our communities to develop their IT skills and become digital champions so they can assist those less confident in the use of IT within their neighbourhood; Centre for Ageing Better https://www.ageing-better.org.uk/publications/digital-age says 4.8 million people over the age of 55 are not online. They make up 94 per cent of all non-users of the internet and are likely to be poorer, less healthy and less well educated than their peers, the report says. By enabling people to do the things they need and want to online – the internet is an enabler of access to information, services, better deals and cheaper goods, and can help to improve wellbeing, access to social connections, financial security and health.
Set – up - All set up actions will be completed in advance of the project start date, therefore all publicity, marketing, will be carried out prior to delivery by the DIY Dunterlie Co-ordinator who is already established in post.
Mid term Evaluation - We will carry out an extensive evaluation of participants at the mid-point of the funding period. This will allow us to identify challenges and opportunities and shape the service for the remainder of the funding term.
Basic pre/post digital skills questionnaires/evaluations will have been completed. Complete an end of project evaluation to look at the overall success of the programme, and to review how we can ensure that our objectives and agreed outcomes are met.