Champion Alison gets tenants involved

SBHA's tenant participation manager Alison Notman
SBHA's tenant participation manager Alison Notman
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Scottish Borders Housing Association’s tenant participation manager was named a tenants’ champion’ on Saturday at the annual Tenant Participation Advisory Service’s Scotland conference awards.

Alison Notman has worked with the Selkirk-based association and its tenants’ organisation for 10 years.

She picked up the award for tenant participation champion of the year for an individual employee in recognition of her work to involve tenants in decision-making.

Alison has supported tenants to become involved in many different ways, including workshops, door-to- door visits, pop-up shops, visits to and from other housing associations, and membership of scrutiny panels.

She has worked with senior staff to encourage consultation, ensuring that tenants’ voices are heard.

Alison has also championed the campaign for the association to get out and about in the Borders, giving tenants the opportunity to engage with staff in their own neighbourhoods.

She said: “I’m thrilled to have received this recognition, but this award reflects the efforts of a lot of people.

“I work with an enthusiastic group of tenants, and it’s great to be able to help them channel that.”

The association’s chief executive, Julia Mulloy, said: “We are delighted that Alison has won this award, which is fitting recognition of her years of hard work.

“We are committed to tenant involvement.

“Tenants play a key role in our decision making, and Alison’s work with and support of our tenants’ organisation has been absolutely vital to this.”