ng homes

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by ng homes's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from ng homes is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.nghomes.net

BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
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COMMUNITY
Deputy Chief Executive
Regeneration John Devine,
nghomes Chair John Thorburn
and CEO Robert Tamburrini
Ned Donaldson House,
Springburn
ng homes is the largest community-controlled housing
association in Glasgow. It manages around 7,000
properties, of which around 5,400 are for social rental,
while the other 1,600 are owner-occupied. Its stock profile
includes multistorey flats, tenements, new-build and retirement
homes. Robert Tamburrini is the CEO of the association and has
a lifetime of experience within the housing sector. He discusses
the changes he has seen in the Glasgow housing landscape over
the past fouryears.
During the 43 years we have been established, there has been much change in
Glasgow and Scotland that directly affects the communities in which we work. We
have built a strong foundation that allows us to manage change. We provide good
quality homes within a safe integrated community where people are proud to live
and can realise their aspirations. Our association is led by a dedicated voluntary
board that are passionate about making a difference. With this in mind we have
developed a new vision for our organisation: “A community where people can
flourish and prosper”. The association continues to champion equality and value
diversity to ensure that north Glasgow is recognised as a place where people are
treated fairly and given an equal chance in life.
In 2011, we undertook a large stock transfer which practically doubled our size. For
any organisation such change provides the challenge of integrating the workforce
and continuing to effectively manage the business. Overnight, we had around
2,500 new tenants and a substantial investment programme. Our CEO, executive
FACTS ABOUT
NG HOMES
»CEO: Robert Tamburrini
»Founded in 1976
»Located in Glasgow
»Services: Housing, regeneration
and empowerment
»No of employees: 104 at
nghomes; 73 at ng2
»Manages a subsidiary
company, ng2
ng homes
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team and voluntary committee saw
this as an opportunity to regenerate
the community of north Glasgow.
This led to the establishment of our
regeneration model which has three
pillars: physical, economic and social.
Physical regeneration
The north of Glasgow, formerly an
area of heavy industry, has suffered
over the decades from high levels of
disinvestment leading to derelict land
sites, high unemployment, poor health
and the loss of aspirations for many. In
fact, the two areas where we operate,
Springburn and Possilpark, rank in the
top of the Scottish Multiple Indices of
Deprivation. As such, we have a strong
focus on addressing these issues and
creating positive change.
We are currently developing a
masterplan for Possilpark and are
engaging in a topical discussion on
the future of town centres. This has
involved a partnership with Scotland
Towns Partnership, local traders and
the community to develop a business
improvement district within the
area. This is aligned to the Scottish
Government’s aim to promote
thriving town centres and uses an
established “Town Centre Toolkit”
which has three themes; attractive,
active and accessible. Funding for
just over £300,000 has been sourced
through the Scottish Government
and Glasgow City Council for
shopfront initiative partnership and
environmentalimprovements.
Investment in our housing stock
continues as we meet some of the
challenges in meeting new legislative
requirements. For example, we are
required to meet the Energy Efficiency
Standards for Social Housing by
2020. We have carried out a full
stock condition survey establishing a
blueprint going forward.
The association manages 14 multistorey
flatted properties which have become
a strong focus following the Grenfell
tragedy, both in terms of continued
investment and the need to reassure
our tenants. For the past 4 years we
have worked closely with Scottish Fire
Rescue Services which involved an in-
house seconded post.
Our multistorey properties are
very high quality and we are
now embarking on a large-scale
investment programme for 6 of our
multistorey blocks to carry out major
refurbishment and installation of a
renewable heating energy project. This
is around a £20 million investment
comprising of a mixture of grant
funding and soft loans.
Economic regeneration
Our economic regeneration is
channelled through our social
enterprise company, ng2, which
supports the delivery and outcomes
of our employability and personal
development initiatives. ng2 was
established at the same time as we
undertook the large stock transfer
in 2011. This was developed by
our Deputy Chief Executive of
Regeneration, John Devine, who
came to the association with a strong
economic development background.
Multistorey flats,
Balgrayhill Springburn
This led to the
establishment
of our
regeneration
model which
has three
pillars: physical,
economic and
social. This was
in keeping
with the area
in which we
operate
17NG HOMES |
COMMUNITY
ng2 now has a staff complement of
around 73 people across age groups
and gender and has expanded to
a wide variety of services which
include concierge, customer service,
environmental operatives and a variety
of trades. ng2 engages with a arrange
of third sector organisations including
Scottish Council for Voluntary Services,
Help for Heroes charity focusing on
re-engaging veterans into employment
and Scottish Government Community
Jobs Scotland programme for young
people, which also prioritises those
from vulnerablegroups.
Social regeneration
Our social regeneration focuses on
community development, capacity
building and community cohesion.
These themes are supported by a range
of community charities, local volunteers,
schools, colleges and universities which
we feel are vital to the delivery of local
projects and initiatives.
We now have a strong community
regeneration department that links
into all aspects of the community
across a range of ages and cultures
with a full programme of activities,
projects and events with very high
levels of participation. These include
community based educational
programmes, youth and family
activities, climate challenge activities
with a focus on furniture and food
redistribution using a “circular
economy” model, welcome to the
community events for new tenants
and those who may feel isolated, and
health and sports activities.
The empowerment of local people
has been a key area of our work
and we have scores of examples of
personalprogression.
An example of this is our community
development course, Activate,
delivered in partnership with Glasgow
University. Over 300 local people have
undertaken this programme so far
with around 15 graduating with a BA
degree in community development.
This year we undertook the first
“Youth Activate” with 25 local
young people taking part during
their summer holidays. They were
awarded certificate at a graduation
ceremony at Glasgow University and
their achievement was highlighted
at a civic reception at Glasgow City
Chambers by Lord Provost and through
a motion at Scottish Parliament. Some
of these young people have formed a
steering group to establish ng homes’
youth board. This will further develop
our relationships with young people
and provide them with a platform
to have a “voice” in north Glasgow,
particularly around shaping and
influencing our strategies and services
for youngpeople.
We are currently
working in
conjunction
with Glasgow
City Council in a
£300,000 shop-
front initiative
partnership
»OUR VALUES
»We are a quality organisation
delivering excellence
»We act with integrity
»We are friendly and treat people
with respect
»We are customer focused and put
the customer first
»We are trusted and trusting
»We are accountable
Bob Doris MSP presented awards
at Glasgow University
BEST PRACTICE SPONSOR 2020
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
16 | NG HOMES
team and voluntary committee saw
this as an opportunity to regenerate
the community of north Glasgow.
This led to the establishment of our
regeneration model which has three
pillars: physical, economic and social.
Physical regeneration
The north of Glasgow, formerly an
area of heavy industry, has suffered
over the decades from high levels of
disinvestment leading to derelict land
sites, high unemployment, poor health
and the loss of aspirations for many. In
fact, the two areas where we operate,
Springburn and Possilpark, rank in the
top of the Scottish Multiple Indices of
Deprivation. As such, we have a strong
focus on addressing these issues and
creating positive change.
We are currently developing a
masterplan for Possilpark and are
engaging in a topical discussion on
the future of town centres. This has
involved a partnership with Scotland
Towns Partnership, local traders and
the community to develop a business
improvement district within the
area. This is aligned to the Scottish
Government’s aim to promote
thriving town centres and uses an
established “Town Centre Toolkit”
which has three themes; attractive,
active and accessible. Funding for
just over £300,000 has been sourced
through the Scottish Government
and Glasgow City Council for
shopfront initiative partnership and
environmentalimprovements.
Investment in our housing stock
continues as we meet some of the
challenges in meeting new legislative
requirements. For example, we are
required to meet the Energy Efficiency
Standards for Social Housing by
2020. We have carried out a full
stock condition survey establishing a
blueprint going forward.
The association manages 14 multistorey
flatted properties which have become
a strong focus following the Grenfell
tragedy, both in terms of continued
investment and the need to reassure
our tenants. For the past 4 years we
have worked closely with Scottish Fire
Rescue Services which involved an in-
house seconded post.
Our multistorey properties are
very high quality and we are
now embarking on a large-scale
investment programme for 6 of our
multistorey blocks to carry out major
refurbishment and installation of a
renewable heating energy project. This
is around a £20 million investment
comprising of a mixture of grant
funding and soft loans.
Economic regeneration
Our economic regeneration is
channelled through our social
enterprise company, ng2, which
supports the delivery and outcomes
of our employability and personal
development initiatives. ng2 was
established at the same time as we
undertook the large stock transfer
in 2011. This was developed by
our Deputy Chief Executive of
Regeneration, John Devine, who
came to the association with a strong
economic development background.
Multistorey flats,
Balgrayhill Springburn
This led to the
establishment
of our
regeneration
model which
has three
pillars: physical,
economic and
social. This was
in keeping
with the area
in which we
operate
17NG HOMES |
COMMUNITY
ng2 now has a staff complement of
around 73 people across age groups
and gender and has expanded to
a wide variety of services which
include concierge, customer service,
environmental operatives and a variety
of trades. ng2 engages with a arrange
of third sector organisations including
Scottish Council for Voluntary Services,
Help for Heroes charity focusing on
re-engaging veterans into employment
and Scottish Government Community
Jobs Scotland programme for young
people, which also prioritises those
from vulnerablegroups.
Social regeneration
Our social regeneration focuses on
community development, capacity
building and community cohesion.
These themes are supported by a range
of community charities, local volunteers,
schools, colleges and universities which
we feel are vital to the delivery of local
projects and initiatives.
We now have a strong community
regeneration department that links
into all aspects of the community
across a range of ages and cultures
with a full programme of activities,
projects and events with very high
levels of participation. These include
community based educational
programmes, youth and family
activities, climate challenge activities
with a focus on furniture and food
redistribution using a “circular
economy” model, welcome to the
community events for new tenants
and those who may feel isolated, and
health and sports activities.
The empowerment of local people
has been a key area of our work
and we have scores of examples of
personalprogression.
An example of this is our community
development course, Activate,
delivered in partnership with Glasgow
University. Over 300 local people have
undertaken this programme so far
with around 15 graduating with a BA
degree in community development.
This year we undertook the first
“Youth Activate” with 25 local
young people taking part during
their summer holidays. They were
awarded certificate at a graduation
ceremony at Glasgow University and
their achievement was highlighted
at a civic reception at Glasgow City
Chambers by Lord Provost and through
a motion at Scottish Parliament. Some
of these young people have formed a
steering group to establish ng homes’
youth board. This will further develop
our relationships with young people
and provide them with a platform
to have a “voice” in north Glasgow,
particularly around shaping and
influencing our strategies and services
for youngpeople.
We are currently
working in
conjunction
with Glasgow
City Council in a
£300,000 shop-
front initiative
partnership
»OUR VALUES
»We are a quality organisation
delivering excellence
»We act with integrity
»We are friendly and treat people
with respect
»We are customer focused and put
the customer first
»We are trusted and trusting
»We are accountable
Bob Doris MSP presented awards
at Glasgow University

www.nghomes.net

This article was sponsored by ng homes. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss.

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss

Even by the standards of the day –this has been one of the most exciting and unpredictable years in British politics.

The leadership election we’ve just seen marks a huge moment in our country’s history. This government is taking a decisive new direction, embracing the opportunities of Brexit and preparing our country to flourish outside the EU.

As international trade secretary, I’ll be driving forward work on the free trade agreements that are going to be a priority for the government. Free trade isn’t just an abstract concept bandied around by technocrats. It is crucial for a strong economy and for the ability of families to make ends meet. Free trade benefits people in every part of our country, as British firms export to new markets and people doing the weekly shop have access to a wider choice of goods at lower prices.

The essence of free trade is in the title: freedom. It’s about giving people the power to exchange their goods without heavy government taxation or interference. Commerce and free exchange are the engine room of prosperity and social mobility. I’m determined to tackle the forces who want to hold that back.

One of my priorities is agreeing an exciting new free trade deal with the US, building on the great relationship between our two countries and the Prime Minister and US President. But I’ll also be talking to other partners including New Zealand, Australia and fast-growing Asian markets.

And with the EU too, we want a friendly and constructive relationship, as constitutional equals, and as friends and partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead – a relationship based on a deep free trade agreement. Our country produces some of the world’s most successful exports, and the opportunity to bring these to the rest of the world should make us all excited about the future. It is this excitement, optimism and ambition which I believe will come to define this government.

For too long now, we have been told Britain isn’t big or important enough to survive outside the EU – that we have to accept a deal that reflects our reduced circumstances. I say that’s rubbish. With the right policies in place, we can be the most competitive, free-thinking, prosperous nation on Earth exporting to the world and leading in new developments like AI. To do that, we’ll give the brilliant next generation of entrepreneurs the tools they need to succeed. Since 2015, there has been a staggering 85 per cent rise in the number of businesses set up by 18 to 24 year olds – twice the level set up by the same age group in France and Germany. We’ll help them flourish by championing enterprise, cutting taxes and making regulation flexible and responsive to their needs.

As we do that, we’ll level up and unite all parts of the UK with great transport links, fibre broadband in every home and proper school funding, so everyone shares in our country’s success.

2019 has been the year of brewing economic and political revolution. 2020 will be the year when a revitalised Conservative government turbo charges the economy, boosts prospects for people across the country, and catapults Britain back to the forefront of the world stage.



Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Development