Angus MacDonald welcomes award for Paragon Housing Association
Thursday, 14 April 2011 15:33
Management Committee members and staff of Grangemouth based Paragon Housing Association, which provides over 1400 homes for social rent in the Forth Valley area, are celebrating success in achieving accreditation under the Scottish National Standards for Information and Advice Providers.
The accreditation scheme is promoted by the Information and Advice Standards Unit (IASU) of the Scottish Government and it works with organisations to improve the quality and accessibility of information and advice across Scotland.
The Accreditation is valid for four years and the Association is required to continue to keep up to date on housing advice matters during that time.
Flora Wallace, Chairperson said “This is brilliant. To receive this accreditation we had to undergo an audit of our advice and information services to make sure we are up to the mark. Gaining national recognition for the quality of the advice we provide is a significant achievement.”
Staff and Committee members got together to mark the success and the 3 local authority representatives on the Management Committee formally handed over the accreditation certificate to Flora Wallace, Chairperson and Linda Duncan, Policy and Compliance Manager who led on the application for the award.
Councillor Angus MacDonald, Falkirk Council’s representative on Paragon’s Management Committee commented “Good quality advice is important to people and there is real merit in gaining accreditation for advice provision as part of a national scheme. Well done to those involved. It shows real commitment to providing good quality housing advice in the Forth Valley area.