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ETF's Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Celebrating another successful year of your Federation

Here we go again - it seems like no time at all since the last one, but we are busy planning our AGM for 2020/2021.  The event will take place on Friday 29th October 2021, Zoom, time to be confirmed, so please put the date in your diary. 

More details will be available soon.  In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.  We look forward to seeing you at the AGM. 

Scottish Housing Day

Wednesday 15th September 2021

Are you interested in housing and issues relating to the climate emergency?  This is the topic for this year's Scottish Housing Day which will take place on Wednesday 15th September 2021.  ETF will be holding an awareness raising session on Wednesday 15th September 2021, Zoom, time to be confirmed.  The session is still in the planning stages and more information will be available soon. 

To find out more or to book a place, please contact Mark Henry via email by clicking here or phone 07918 742468 by Tuesday 14th September 2021 and you will be sent an email invitation with the link to join.  You can also take part in the meeting by phone, just contact us as above and you will be given a number to phone in order to join at no cost to yourself. 

Federation Meeting

'All about the money: Tenants rents, services and investments!'

It's coming nearer that time, when the City of Edinburgh Council's (CEC's) Budget Consultation will soon be available for responses.  The next Federation Meeting will take place on Wednesday 22nd September 2021, Zoom, 7.00pm-9.00pm.  In preparation for CEC's forthcoming budget consultation, you will have the chance to:
  • Find out what CEC's tenants' rent money pays for;
  • How tenant priorities are agreed and delivered on;
  • Details of advice and support provided to tenants about paying their rent;
  • Discuss ETF's quarterly Progress Report for April-June 2021. 
To book a place, please contact Mark Henry via email by clicking here or phone 07918 742468 by Tuesday 21st September 2021 and you will be sent an email invitation with the link to join.  You can also take part in the meeting by phone, just contact us as above and you will be given a number to join at no cost to yourself. 

Review of Scottish Social Housing Charter

Help make a difference

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on its Charter, which are the outcomes and standards that all social housing landlords are required to meet on behalf of tenants and other customers.  All social housing landlords must report to the Scottish Housing Regulator annually on how they are performing against each of the charter outcomes, which includes aspects such as:
  • The Customer/Landlord relationship;
  • Housing Quality and Maintenance;
  • Neighbourhood and Community;
  • Access to housing and support;
  • Getting good value from rents and service charges;
  • Other customers.
ETF would like to encourage you to find out more about the current Charter and respond to the Charter consultation.  You can find out more about the current charter by clicking here.  You can respond to the consultation and give your views by clicking here.  The closing date for responses to the consultation is Thursday 9th September 2021
We'll have more information about Scottish Housing Day and ETF's AGM.  Don't forget that Federation Matters, along with other Federation publications, can be downloaded from our website by clicking here.
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ETF Office Update
As restrictions are lifted, it's great to be able to return to some levels of normality.  At present, there are still no overall changes to ETF's situation with the Federation Office remaining closed and staff working from home.  ETF continues to operate from Monday to Friday and staff can be contacted via email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.

The Albion Trust continues to liaise with the Scottish Government, other Norton Park service users and ourselves and will keep us informed when it is safe for Norton Park to re-open.  We will continue to keep you updated.  In the meantime, please stay safe and take care. 
Working online
Although restrictions are beginning to ease, it is likely that online work will remain in place for ETF for the foreseeable future.  As a result, digital working, training and participation are priorities for the Federation.  ETF staff can offer you any support you need.  If you have a computer, smartphone or tablet and would like to take part or know more, please email ETF's Development Worker Mark Henry by clicking here or phone 07918 742468. 
ETF Blog
For this month, we are delighted that Noel Joseph, who is a Postgraduate from the University of Glasgow and is studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education and Community Development has written about his placement with Tollcross Community Action Network. You can read Noel's blog by clicking here.

If you're interested in contributing a blog or would like more information, please contact the Federation Office's via email by clicking here or phone 0131 475 2509.  Some useful hints and tips for writing blogs can be viewed by clicking here
Utilita is a pay as you go energy provider that works with social landlords across the UK.  As part of its work with CEC, Utilita is providing funding to help support community-based projects.

One of the first projects included planting trees in a green space at Firrhill Crescent, in South West Edinburgh.  Three beautiful birch trees and three cherry trees were bought and planted by the CEC to benefit future generations.

Plans are also underway to provide new computers to sheltered housing residents and community event equipment to a community group in North East Edinburgh.  What about your area?  Do you have ideas for a community project that would benefit tenants? Email by clicking here or phone 0131 529 7805.

IT Equipment
The University of Edinburgh IT re-use project is keen to donate more desktops, laptops, phones and tablets to local community organisations. 

If you are interested or would like to find out more, please email by clicking here, phone 0131 651 3000 or click here
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