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Flying the green flag at Eildon

You may have noticed Eildon’s brand-new fleet of electric vehicles dotting around the Borders with their eye-catching new livery. The Nissan LEAF car and Nissan E-NV200 are the latest additions to Eildon’s fleet in the Housing Association’s bid to promote greater energy efficiency and carbon reductions. John Duncan, Director of Property Assets at Eildon commented,… Continue Reading

Eildon Strikes Double ‘Gold’ with Investors in People Accreditations

We are celebrating the impressive achievement of reaching the Gold standard through the internationally recognised Investors in People framework. We were assessed as having reached the Gold level for both the overall framework and also as an ‘Investors in Young People‘ organisation. Commenting on the award, Eildon’s Chief Executive, Nile Istephan, said: “We are extremely… Continue Reading

Affordable Green Homes in the Borders

Warmer, cheaper, more affordable homes is something we all want, and this could be a reality as Eildon Housing look at future house building and its impact on the environment. They are investing millions of pounds as part of their strategy to make sure everyone has access to somewhere they can call home. The need… Continue Reading

Now Recruiting

Are you customer focussed with a can do attitude? We are looking for suitably qualified trades people to create a Home Improvement Team to provide a high quality, efficient and effective component replacement service (new kitchens, bathrooms and windows) to meet the needs and expectations of our tenants. This is an exciting time to join… Continue Reading

Future Plans for Tweedbridge Court

We are disappointed that the Scottish Government has dismissed our current plans, on appeal, for the development of affordable homes at Tweedbridge Court in Peebles. Despite the overall conclusion of the appointed reporter, it is clear from the decision notice that the provision of affordable homes at this location is supported and a number of… Continue Reading

Eildon secures £40m funding boost for major build programme

Eildon Housing Association has secured a £40 million private placement deal with major investors the Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC). This attractive long-term investment will enable us to continue to invest in a major programme of high-quality affordable homes to meet the housing needs of communities across the Scottish Borders, delivering 750 new homes by 2021.… Continue Reading

Summer Newsletter now out!

Click the link to view the newsletter: Summer Newsletter 2019 What a fantastic past couple of months we have had with lots of exciting developments to report. Have a look at our newly launched 5 Year Strategy on page 3. Learn about our new development in Selkirk which was the recipient of a national award on… Continue Reading

National competition win for Galashiels Primary Schools

Considerate constructors, Hart Builders are delighted the hard work of seven primary schools in the Borders has been recognised with their well-deserved win in the national Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition. The colourful artwork that surrounds Eildon Housing Association’s development site at Huddersfield street, was one of the winners of the 2019 Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition.… Continue Reading

Eildon takes top National Award for latest Selkirk development

Eildon Housing Association’s latest development at High Street/Chapel Street in Selkirk has been recognised as the Best Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year at the recent Scottish Home Awards. Nile Istephan, Chief Executive of Eildon Housing Association, commented: ‘We are particularly proud of this new development and our equally deserving new scheme at Craigpark,… Continue Reading

Winners of Ivor Goodsite Hoarding

We’re absolutely ecstatic to have just heard that the artwork that surrounds our site at Huddersfield Street in Galashiels is one of the winning sites for the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding Competition 2019. There was 83 entries from across the UK and Ireland which makes this even more impressive. Seven Primary Schools from the Galashiels area… Continue Reading

Open Day at Our Brand New Selkirk High Street Development!

Our latest new development on Selkirk High Street/Chapel Street opened its doors for public viewing on the afternoon of Thursday 6 June. This striking new development provides 10 much-needed, high quality 1 and 2 bedroomed homes. Its creative design ensures that this challenging site in a sensitive town centre location, has been developed to both… Continue Reading

Why do you love living in the Borders?

That’s the question Eildon Housing Association (Eildon) and Hart Builders asked Galashiels Primary schools when they were invited to paint a mural on the fence that surrounds the development site at Huddersfield Street in Galashiels. The Galashiels Braw Lad and Lass unveiled the artwork from Clovenfords, Burgh, St Peter’s, St Margaret’s, Stow, Tweedbank and Langlee… Continue Reading

Countdown begins for artwork reveal at Huddersfield Street

The countdown begins for our big school artwork reveal on the fence that surrounds our site at Huddersfield Street in Galashiels. Seven primary schools from the Galashiels area are taking part in the Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition with artwork themed around  ‘why they love living in the Borders’. Clovenfords Primary School Burgh Primary School St… Continue Reading

Eildon nominated twice for prestigious award

Eildon Housing Association’s efforts to promote inclusive growth, address housing need and invest in Borders’ communities have been recognised with two new build developments being shortlisted as finalists at the prestigious Scottish Home Awards 2019 for the ‘Housing Development of the Year (social rent)’ category. The two developments at High Street/Chapel Street, Selkirk and Craigpark… Continue Reading

Our New 5 Year Strategy Delivering Inclusive Growth

Dementia, Homelessness, Fuel Poverty are among the key issues identified in our new 5 Year Strategy ‘Delivering Inclusive Growth* across the Scottish Borders’ launched this week. Chief Executive, Nile Istephan, explained “Eildon is a well-established and high performing organisation with a well-earned reputation as one of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers. We are proud… Continue Reading

Change to customer satisfaction survey provider

You may have read in the Spring edition of Connect that we re-tendered for the three-year contract to conduct our satisfaction surveys and are now working with a new organisation – BMG Research (BMG).   BMG is an experienced independent research company who has worked with a number of other housing associations. By working with BMG we will be able… Continue Reading

Picasso comes to the Borders thanks to Eildon Housing and Hart Builders

Exciting Borders artwork from Primary schools across Galashiels has kicked off this week after they received their delivery of wood, paints and brushes from our Community Benefits Officer. This fantastic project involves all age groups from Clovenfords, Stow, Burgh, St Peters, Langlee, Tweedbank and St Margaret’s Primary schools. The finished artwork will decorate the fencing… Continue Reading

Eildon proud to support Borders Adult Learner Awards

The Borders Adult Learner Awards 2019 took place at Earlston High School on 23 April 2019 and we were proud to attend this inspiring event, recognising, celebrating and promoting the achievements through learning of adults in the Scottish Borders. We have supported the awards for many years – this year by sponsoring the Young Learner Award which was presented by our Chief Executive, Nile Istephan.  The award… Continue Reading

Youth Group paint their way around Peebles

An exciting mural project has been taking shape on the fence that surrounds the vacant site of the former Tweedbridge Court. Eildon Housing Association and Hart Builders Ltd have been working in partnership with the Peebles youth led organisation Tweeddale Youth Action, and local artists Ross MacRae and Michael Jessing, to recreate local landmarks from… Continue Reading

Meet Our Modern Apprentices

As part of Scottish Modern Apprentice Week 2019, meet our two modern apprentices James and Owen. “I’m 6-months into my post at Eildon Housing Association undertaking a Modern Apprenticeship as a Finance Assistant. I am studying a level two AAT qualification and decided to undertake an apprenticeship to gain valuable experience on the job, whilst… Continue Reading

Our Power – Important Announcement

We were sad to learn that Our Power Energy Supply Ltd has now ceased trading. We know that some of our customers will be affected by this so want to offer some reassurance from Ofgem, the energy regulator. Firstly, Ofgem has just appointed Utilita as the new supplier for Our Power customers and is currently… Continue Reading

Eildon Housing Association gives donation to Kelso Men’s Shed

Photo L to R: Secretary of Kelso Men’s Shed John Bassett, Alastair Summerhill, Marnie McVitie from Eildon Eildon Housing Association was delighted to give support to the newly opened Men’s Shed in Kelso, by donating 4 personal computers and cupboards which had become excess to the organisation’s requirements. Eildon’s Chief Executive, Nile Istephan, commented, ‘As… Continue Reading

New figures underline huge need for affordable housing in Peebles

Demand for homes in the Peebles area has seen Eildon Housing Association (Eildon) receive an average of 32 bids per property over the past three years. More than 77 per cent of the homes were allocated to applicants living within a 10-mile radius of the town – underlining the scale of demand for affordable housing… Continue Reading

New figures underline huge need for affordable housing in Borders towns

Eildon Housing Association (Eildon) and Hart Builders welcome the recent planning approval for the housing development at Newtown St Boswells and Huddersfield Street in Galashiels. Eildon’s Chief Executive Nile Istephan said, “Planning approval means we can now press ahead with providing much-needed affordable homes for people living and working in the surrounding communities.” Fifty three… Continue Reading

Our special arrangements at Christmas & New Year

Our office will close at 3pm on Monday 24 December 2018 & re-open at 8.45am on Thursday 3 January 2019. During this time our repairs service is restricted to urgent and emergency repairs only. To report an emergency or urgent repair call 03000 200 217. Keep an eye on our Facebook page over the holidays… Continue Reading

Rent Increase Proposal – Have you taken part?

We are seeking the views of as many customers as possible about the proposed rent increase. The consultation is running from now until the 18th January. Our Customer Engagement Officer, Lita, will be out and about with Housing Officers – speaking with customers across the Scottish Borders about the proposed rent increase. We would like… Continue Reading

5-Year Strategy Customer Consultation

We’re developing a new 5-year Strategy for Eildon and we’d like your help. Our 5-year Strategy is the most important planning tool for the future of the company and as customers you are uniquely placed to give your views on what we do. The link below will take you to an online survey with a… Continue Reading

Eildon & Hart Builders Triumph at Scottish Procurement Alliance Awards

Pictured L to R: Kevin Scott Eildon HA, Gill Henry Hart Builders, Alison Lowrie Community Benefits Project Officer, Presenter Mark Beaumont, David Robinson Eildon HA Eildon Housing Association in partnership with Hart Builders were delighted to win at the first ever Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) for the Best Community Benefit Initiative Award, for their creation… Continue Reading

Eildon and Hart Builders shortlisted for SPA Awards

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in partnership with Hart Builders for the first ever Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) Best Community Benefit Initiative Award along with the following companies: Collaborative Projects including ‘Clean, Green & Vibrant’ campaign (East Ayrshire Council and Engie) Dedicated Community Benefits Project Officer (Eildon and Hart Builders) Project LEAP –… Continue Reading

Eildon Group marks 45 years as Trevor Burrows hands over the Chairmanship to Dave Alexander

Eildon Housing Association marked the organisation’s progress at its 45th AGM, as Trevor Burrows handed over the Chairmanship to former Vice Chairman Dave Alexander. The well attended meeting included Trevor Burrows giving an overview of the achievements of the year, highlighting the continued financial strength of the organisation and the progress made with regard to… Continue Reading

Would you like to work at Station Avenue?

Working at Station Avenue is something I am very proud of and it feels really good to be excited about your job. It’s a great career to get into with lots of development up the line’, so says Ben Robertson, Senior Support Worker at Eildon Housing’s Station Avenue service in Duns. Ben works at Eildon’s… Continue Reading

Eildon Donates Filing Cabinets to Borders Pet Rescue

As we move to a more digitalised process we found we had some excess furniture that Borders Pet Rescue could put to good use. It’s good to be able to help local charities in this way. Borders Pet Rescue is a charity that takes in unwanted, abandoned and lost animals and finds secure and loving… Continue Reading

Eildon to consult on future plans for Tweedbridge Court

Anyone crossing the bridge across the Tweed at Peebles will have seen construction work taking place on the south side of the river. Eildon Group have acquired and demolished the very dated and vacant building at Tweedbridge Court and are very excited about the proposals to redevelop the site to provide affordable rented flats. We… Continue Reading

Eildon Given 4 Stars by Quality Scotland

The Eildon Group have received the prestigious recognition of being given 4 Stars through the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) Recognised for Excellence (R4E) framework at the Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh. R4E is an international recognition scheme for organisations that demonstrate high levels of performance against the nine criteria of the EFQM Excellence… Continue Reading

Eildon Triumphs at Scottish Home Awards 2018

Eildon Housing Association was nominated in two categories at the Scottish Home Awards Ceremony sponsored by Ross & Liddell at the Corn Exchange, Edinburgh last night. The first award for Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year (social rent) was won by our latest development in Roxburgh and Union Street in Kelso, designed by Assist… Continue Reading

Councillor Mark Rowley unveils Eildon’s latest development at Roxburgh and Union Street, Kelso

Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s Executive Member for Business and Economic Development, was delighted to cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of Eildon Housing Association’s latest development at Roxburgh and Union Street in Kelso on Friday 8 June. This new development which recently received a Commendation at the Scottish Home Awards, marks yet another… Continue Reading

Panel Members attend Tenant Information Service Conference

Over the weekend, Debbie and Stuart, who are Eildon Customer Panel members, attended the annual Tenant Information Service Conference in Cumbernauld with Lita (Customer Engagement Officer). There were many highlights over the weekend including the awards, speeches and workshops which informed and inspired the group. The Dementia Friends training was useful and made members think… Continue Reading

Wanted – voluntary board members

Eildon Housing Association is a leading housing and care provider in the Scottish Borders with 45 years’ experience of serving our communities. We have an ambitious strategy and have plans to develop more than 750 high quality new homes over the next 5 years, as well as develop new and improved services to a wide… Continue Reading

Eildon’s Riverside House Celebrates 30 years

The tenants and staff of Eildon Housing Association’s Riverside House, Peebles celebrated in style on Wednesday 23 May 2018 taking time out to mark its 30th year of offering high quality sheltered accommodation in the town. One of the tenants, Mrs Charlotte Dola who moved into Riverside House back in May 1991, who has been… Continue Reading

Eildon nominated in two categories for top National Award

  Eildon is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in two categories at the forth-coming Scottish Home Awards. The ceremony takes place on the 14 June. Our new build development at Roxburgh Street Kelso is shortlisted in the ‘Best Small Affordable Development’ category (it has also been shortlisted in the Homes for Scotland… Continue Reading

Eildon gets behind ‘Cycling without Age’ Project in Peebles

We are delighted to support local initiative Cycling without Age (Amazing Grace) which is being introduced to Peebles by a group of local volunteers. Steering Group leader, Jo Cunliffe, explained that the project was borne out of her friendship with Grace Aitchison who was in her 90s and lived latterly at our Riverside House, and… Continue Reading

The Therapy Ponies are back!

After hearing about the very successful visit to Eildon’s Riverside House last year, the ‘Friends of Dovecot ‘ volunteers decided to pull out all the stops by organising an extra special visit for the tenants at Dovecot Court, Peebles. Two Shetland ponies, Edwardo and Wilson from ‘Therapy Ponies Scotland’ (accompanied by their owners Elaine and… Continue Reading

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