Linstone have been shortlisted for our fourth consecutive year for a Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Excellence Award. The awards seek to identify the people and projects that are making an effort to go above and beyond what is needed and making a real contribution to the sector. This year Linstone has beat some tough competition and make the final three for the Excellence in Health and Wellbeing Award for our Langholm Community Hub, based in Belmar Court.
The Excellence in Health and Wellbeing Award highlights projects which make a contribution to the National Health and Wellbeing outcomes and how the project has improved the health and wellbeing of those who make use of the project. To be included in the choice of projects shortlisted for the award it was necessary to demonstrate that the project has had a positive impact on the wider local community , creating a partnership between housing and health and social care, using an innovative approach and dealing successfully dealing with a complex issue.
The Langholm Hub operates an open door policy, and provides a safe, warm, welcoming environment for tenants and local people who want to access information, advice and social activity. Since opening up the Hub has seen high levels of usage by local residents meaning improved social inclusion for many of the users with a number of residents visiting the Hub daily. Many Health and Social Care organisations such as; Active Communities, Connect4Renfrewshire and Impact Arts have partnered with Linstone to help residents better manage and improve their health and wellbeing through physical activities, social events, advice sessions and many other opportunities. The initiatives running within the Hub are all with a view to people remaining healthier, happier and sustaining a tenancy and remaining in their home for as long as possible.
The Langholm Hub is managed by Tenant Liaison Officer Margaret Bailie who offers residents a familiar friendly face who can provide tenants with trusted advice and is able to direct their problems to the right place to have them dealt with. Speaking of what the Hub has done for the residents Margaret believes that the hub has created a much greater sense of community, created stronger bonds and friendships. Margaret believes that access to the hub, advice, guidance and activities has prevented many problems which could have arisen without the hub.
Linstone are extremely happy to be receiving recognition the Community Hub and the effect it is having on the local community and are hopeful to take away the award on the night. The awards winners will be announced on the 27th of October at the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland Excellence Awards Dinner at Murrayfield.