It has been a long journey since the housing association was put under statutory engagement by the SHR in November 2014 due to poor financial and governance controls.
Although statutory engagement ended in 2016, WHA still had significant steps to take, with a new regulatory framework being introduced by SHR in 2019/20 that placed WHA and others on ‘no status’.
Martin Wilkie-McFarlane was appointed as CEO in May 2016, and Maureen Morris took over as chair of the committee in September 2014.
Since then, the team has overseen the transformation of the 850-home organisation, as well as numerous community initiatives and partnerships.
There has been a strong focus on standards of financial and governance management, which had been highlighted as key failings, and considerable work has ensured WHA has become a place where “people feel safe and happy and are proud to be part of the vibrant community”.
The changes have also been highlighted through improvements in independent surveys of residents, and the most recent survey showed a further increase in measures of satisfaction, with 98.6% of Wellhouse tenants satisfied with the overall service provided by WHA.
The organisation says it is proud that its commitment has been recognised and as a result of the hard work by WHA.
The SHR now only requires WHA to provide annual regulatory returns, which are mandatory for all Registered Social Landlords.
WHA chair Darron Brown said: “This is a very important step forward for Wellhouse Housing Association, which has gone from statutory engagement to achieving compliant status, and we are all very proud of this achievement.
“It is a huge testament to all the staff and the committee of Wellhouse Housing Association that they have turned the organisation around.
“This is an exciting time for WHA, with ambitious plans to bring new developments to the area, as well as further enhancements to the community facilities and activities for local residents.
“We look forward to a bright future ahead for everyone in Wellhouse.”
Image: Darron Brown, chair, Wellhouse Housing Association. Credit: Graeme Hunter Pictures
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