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How the Association is run

How the Association is run

 

We are a not-for-profit organisation, formed by local people concerned at the lack of affordable housing in our communities. We have been a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) since 1991 and a registered Scottish Charity (No. SC037849) since 2007.

We are an independent body, accountable to our membership. A copy of the Rules of the Association can be viewed by clicking here.

Management Committee

Our Management Committee consists of up to 15 people and includes Association tenants, local community activists and people with relevant professional and business expertise. Stirling Council has one representative.

Details of the current Members of the Management Committee can be downloaded here.

The Management Committee takes strategic, policy and major finance decisions affecting the Association. A team of professional staff and other agents is employed to advise the Committee and carry out the day to day work of the Association on its behalf.

Committee Members all have a commitment to the work of the Association and freely give up their own time. There are at least 8 full meetings of the Management Committee each year. Members of the public are able to attend as observers. Dates and times of Management Committee meetings for the current year can be downloaded here 

Minutes of the Management Committee meetings are available to download below

Membership

Life membership is open to anyone who supports the Association’s objectives, on payment of £1. There are now approximately 300 members. Members are entitled to:

•Take part in our Annual General Meeting (AGM)
•Elect the members of the Management Committee
•Stand for election
•Receive quarterly newsletters about the work of the Association.
A copy of the Membership Application form can be downloaded here. A copy of our Membership Policy can be downloaded here.


 Involving our tenants

The Association seeks to involve its tenants and service users in important decisions affecting the services they receive. Tenants are encouraged to stand for election to the Management Committee. Through Tenant Forum meetings and written questionnaires and surveys we provide opportunities for input into the review and development of new service standards and policies. Annual Meetings are held in each local area to discuss service standards, rent levels and plans for future investment in the housing stock. A copy of our Tenant Participation Strategy 2015-16 is downloadable by clicking here. If you are interested in getting more involved or would like more information about what is involved then please contact us by phoning 01786 841101 or by e-mailing enquiries@rsha.org.uk

Collaboration with others

We are a member of the Strath For Housing Alliance of local housing associations, based in Stirling and Clackmannanshire, along with Forth and Ochil View Housing Associations. All three associations intend to remain independent but to combine our expertise, local knowledge and resources to deliver economies of scale and to work in partnership with others, including the local authorities, for the benefit of our communities. The Strath For information leaflet and the agreed Statement of Intent provide more information.

At a national level the Association is a member of the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) and Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) and operates to EVH's Employment Conditions of Service for staff. We are also a member of the training agency SHARE.

We issue our "Rural Matters" newsletter on a quarterly basis to Community Councils and other bodies, elected members and partner agencies as well as our tenants and sharing owners. A copy of the latest edition can be downloaded here.  

Rural Stirling Housing Association is also part of Scottish Housing Connections, a grouping of 20 housing associations who jointly own and develop their websites.