Vacancies at Abbeyfield Scotland

Unknown-1Abbeyfield Scotland provide safe, secure quality accommodation where older people can maintain their independence but benefit from a little help and enjoy companionship and company – when they want it.

They currently have vacancies at their Lenzie and Giffnock locations.

Service Manager Carolynn Malone says:

“We have some ground floor ( ready to move in ) flats in Lenzie – beautiful location and stunning bright airy apartments and mature gardens.

Lenzie  is a great location for getting around with a direct transport links on the door step and a range of shopping and eating places to select from.

Giffnock has smaller flats that are also  ready to move in to and we can also offer Unknownsome short breaks for carers or  people who want to live together . We are also upgrading the kitchens for new tenants.”

You can find out more about these properties by clicking the links below:

Abbeyfield-Brochure-of-Home-Lenzie

Abbeyfield-Brochure-of-Home-Giffnock

You can contact Abbeyfield by going online at www.abbeyfield-scotland.com, by calling 0131 225 7801 or by emailing info@abbeyfield-scotland.com

Cyber Scotland Week

CSW-BlueThis year the Scottish Government and ScotlandIS, with key partners from across Scotland, will launch a new initiative, Cyber Scotland Week (22nd April – 28th April 2019). 

A host of events will showcase the exceptional innovation taking place in the sector, while raising awareness of good cyber resilience practice and promoting a career within the industry. Cyber Scotland Week will bring together influencers, experts and the next generation of talent to explore and learn about the potential rewards and challenges in this fast-changing threat landscape. 

Events taking part during Cyber Scotland Week include: 

 The UK Government’s flagship cyber event, CYBERUK 2019, will bring leading international cyber intelligence and security experts together and provide a platform for business leaders to learn how to protect and secure their organisations’ information, finances and reputation; 

 A cyber-themed event for 500 school children at the Glasgow Science Centre offering three floors of interactive exhibits, hands on workshops, including a Cryptography and DIY Gamer workshop, with opportunities to ‘meet the expert’ and learn about cyber career paths and opportunities; 

 The Big Data Show, an interactive and fun piece of theatre that helps young people to see for themselves how criminals can hack their devices and steal personal data, performed in Glasgow and elsewhere; 

 LEAD Scotland will be hosting a cyber resilience workshop for people with disabilities, carers and volunteers with the aim of encouraging those who attend to pass their learning on to others; 

 ‘Cyber Security for the SME’, an event hosted by the Perth College, University of the Highland and Islands, will provide an overview of the cyber risks associated with doing business in the modern landscape, and the approaches that can be employed to prepare and respond to incidents should they happen; 

 A conference for college staff, hosted by College Development Network, will offer ideas and resources to embed cyber resilience into their learning and teaching while helping them understand the range of cyber security career opportunities they can promote; 

 CBI Scotland will host a morning session for their members to discuss supply chain risk and 2019 risks and challenges; 

 And Scottish Union Learning will organise a range of cyber stalls and drop-in activities across Scotland, offering bite-size sessions on how to be more safe and secure in the cyber world. 

The Scottish Government and ScotlandIS are encouraging organisations, large and small, across the country to consider hosting their own event. 

To find out more, visit the www.cyberscotlandweek.scot 

A day in the life of a Housing Options Broker – Jil Dyson

At Housing Options Scotland we have been asking our staff what ‘a day in the life’ is like for them. In part 2 of this series we talked to one of our newest colleagues Jil Dyson.

Jil is one of our Housing Options Brokers, who provide housing information, advice and support to disabled and older people in all 32 local authorities of Scotland. This is what Jil had to say:

1.What is your commute like in the morning?

Its awful – I have to go all the way from my bedroom downstairs to my study up stairs! (Not really 🙂 LOL) . Working from home has made such a big difference in terms of avoiding the daily commute. As I don’t live near the city centre of Glasgow, when I used to have to commute every day it took so much time from my morning/evening. I do enjoy the days I get to commute and see different places all around Scotland, but for regular mornings, not having to deal with the rush hour commute is great.

 

2. What is the first thing you do when you get to your desk? Tell us about your workspace, is it tidy or messy?

The first thing I do when I get to my desk in the morning is ‘clock in’ and tell the HOS team my plans for the day. I like to plan my day, so once I open up my laptop I make a quick plan on my laptop or iPad about things to do for the day ahead. My workspace is relatively tidy, I am organised and like to keep my work nice and tidy at my desk, so that if I need something quickly I have it at hand.

3. What does agile working mean to you?

Agile working to me means not having to worry about taking a half day at work to sit and wait in for workmen (who may or may not arrive). It allows me to not have to worry about my dogs being in all day themselves and I can take them out on walks during my lunch break. I think working flexibly makes my working day easier on a daily basis.

4. How do you communicate with your colleagues?

When I tell people I work from home they always ask – “Do you not miss being able to bounce ideas off of someone in else in the office?”. I always answer that I can bounce ideas off of people, I just do it through email or call rather than always being face to face. I know everyone on the team is a call/email away if I need them. I do enjoy team meetings and being able to see everyone on the team when we get together.

5. What do you listen to at your desk? Or do you like silence and why?

It depends. Sometimes I listen to music, other days I have the news on in the background – but mostly I like working in the peace and quiet.

6. What does a normal day look like for you?

That’s hard to answer! Usually, a normal day for me involves speaking with clients through email or phone, getting some information about housing sent out to them, and helping clients if they need further information or support with anything. Other days I can be out and about at events or out doing a visit to a client’s home. Every day is different and I enjoy that no two days are the same.

7. What is your favourite thing to do for lunch when you are working?

I actually really like going into my living room and watching an episode of a TV program! If I’ve missed something on the box I wanted to watch the night before I will usually pop it on and watch it over lunch. I also enjoy taking my dogs out a walk during lunch when the weather is good.

8. What do you find most interesting about your job?

I think continuous learning is a great aspect of my job. Since I started in August I have attended so many interesting events, which have allowed me to expand my knowledge of housing. I also really like meeting new clients and working with all different groups of people from all across Scotland.

9. Tell us one thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?

I am extremely bad at keeping surprises. As soon as I buy someone a gift, 95% of the time I will tell them what it is before they get a chance to open it.

10. Tell us something about your job that most people wouldn’t know?

There isn’t one day the same.

11. What is the best thing about working for Housing Options Scotland?

There are many good things about working for Housing Options Scotland. Obviously helping clients solve their housing problems is a big one! But other aspects such as agile working are a definite benefit. I don’t miss the daily commute to and from work at all.

 

We’d like to thank Jil very much for telling us what a ‘day in the life’ of a Housing Options Broker is like for her. If you haven’t seen part 1 in this series, click here to have read: A day in the life – Susan Mendelovitch

Housing Options Scotland is going on the Road

hos-nationwide-social-1Thanks to the support of the Nationwide Building Society and The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland, Housing Options Scotland will be going on the road this year and we might be coming to a town near you!

Our staff will be traveling around the country giving housing information, advice and support to disabled and older people at venues across Scotland. So, if you need some advice about your housing or support someone who does, why not come down and see us!

Our advice is free, we never turn anyone away and we can support you to find the right home in the right place for as long as you need us.

You can find us at:

Nationwide Building Society                                          25thMarch – 11am to 3pm
10 East port, Dunfermline,
Fife, KY12 7JB

Nationwide Building Society                                          8thApril – 11am to 3pm
2 Church Crescent, Dumfries,
Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 1EW

Nationwide Building Society                                          23rd April – 11am to 3pm
71 George Street, Edinburgh,
EH2 3EH

Nationwide Building Society                                          29thApril – 11am to 3pm
92/96 Argyle Street, Glasgow,
G2 8BQ

Nationwide Building Society                                          3rdMay – 11am to 3pm
147/149 High Street, Falkirk,
FK1 1DZ

Nationwide Building Society                                          9thMay – 11am to 3pm
10/10A St. Mirren Street, Paisley,
Renfrewshire, PA1 1XW

Nationwide Building Society                                          10thMay – 11am to 3pm
178 High street, Ayr,
South Ayrshire, KA7 1RQ

Nationwide Building Society                                          13thMay – 11am to 3pm
Unit 51, Princess Mall, East Kilbride,
South Lanarkshire, G74 1LB

Nationwide Building Society                                          23rdMay – 11am to 3pm
133-141 Union Street, Aberdeen,
AB11 6BH

Nationwide Building Society                                          24thMay – 11am to 3pm
59 Reform Street, Dundee,
DD1 1TF

A day in the life of a Housing Options Broker – Susan Mendelovitch

Our Housing Options Brokers work hard to support disabled and older people to find the right home in the right place, but wouldn’t you like to know more about them and what they do day to day? Well, we thought we would find out for you!

So, we asked  Susan Mendelovitch who has been working as a Housing Options Broker for 4 years, what a normal working day is like for her. Here is what she had to say:

Housing Options / 2018 Photograph by Martin Shields  Tel 07572 457000 www.martinshields.com © Martin Shields

  1. What is your commute like in the morning?

I am an early riser and the first thing I do every morning is walk our dog then its home for a well-deserved cup of coffee and a few moments to myself before I make my way upstairs to my office to begin work at 8:30am. At Housing Options Scotland we work agilely, which for me means that I work mostly from home.  In one of my previous jobs before HOS I had a long commute to work at least an hour and half each way to work, sometimes more, I defiantly don’t miss it!

  1. What is the first thing you do when you get to your desk? Tell us about your workspace, is it tidy or messy?

The first thing I do every morning is sign in to work using my phone and switch my laptop on.  I am old school and always spend a few minutes writing out what I plan to do that day.  My work space is always tidy on a Monday morning but can get a bet messy towards the end of the week with a variety of post- it- notes scattered around!

  1. What does agile working mean to you?

To me it means being able to work where and how I want. For example, it allows me to plan my own day and use my initiative and creativity to get the work done and I think this allows the individual to be more productive.  There is no time wasted chatting at the printer! (not that that’s a bad thing, hehehehe!)

  1. How do you communicate with your colleagues?

We all communicate using ours phones and email, modern technology is really important for the organisation as we all work in different locations. But I meet up with colleagues regularly for one to ones and meetings.

  1. What do you listen to at your desk? Or do you like silence and why?

I like silence I can’t think with music on!

  1. What does a normal day look like for you?

No two days are the same at HOS, so I really don’t know what a normal day looks like!  Some days are spent mostly on the phone helping my clients with their housing issues or phoning people on their behalf and other days can be consumed by writing reports and replying to emails from clients and other staff members. There are even some days when I am not home at all and I am visiting a client, attending a meeting with a client or I am out and about at an event or conference.

  1. What is your favourite thing to do for lunch when you are working?

Depends what time of year, in summer it has to be having lunch in the garden!

  1. What do you find most interesting about your job?

Every day is different and you find you are always learning something new.  We also attend many events all over the country and get to meet a variety of interesting people along the way.

  1. Tell us one thing that most people wouldn’t know about you?

I’m scared of heights!

  1. What is the best thing about working for Housing Options Scotland?

Working in a small team where everyone is working to achieve the same goals, and of course agile working!  Also, our one to one and team meetings usually involve cake, which I love!

I’m writing this at about 5pm and I can see the M80 from my window and I can see gridlock, I really don’t miss that.

New Military Matters housing options broker joins the team

Karen CampbellThanks to funding from the Veterans’ Foundation our team is growing.  This month Karen Campbell joins us as a housing options broker.  Karen will be working specifically with members of the armed forces community to support them with their housing options.

Having previously worked with us as a broker Karen has first hand experience of offering advice to our clients.  More recently she has been working as a Communications Consultant but is now looking forward to moving back into the area of housing advice and support.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing & Communications and in 2014 completed a post-graduate diploma in Housing Studies at Stirling University.

Karen said – “A lot has changed for me personally since I worked with Housing Options Scotland as a broker.  My family has expanded and our family of 2 (plus our dog, Poppy) has become a family of 4.  Similarly, housing in Scotland, and particulary the options that are available to people, are changing too.  I hope my new life experiences will give me a fresh perspective when working with clients and I am looking forward to working directly with the armed forces community.  One thing that I’m sure won’t have changed is the need for our clients to find a warm, comfortable home, that suits their needs, and I’m really looking forward to helping them do that.”  
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You can follow Karen on Twitter @KarenMMHousing to hear any updates from her or get in touch if you’d like some advice. Tel: 0131 247 1400 or email militarymatters@housingoptionsscotland.org.uk

Come and try unique Deeside assisted living

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People living at Abbeyfield supported accommodation in the lovely village of Torphins are encouraging people over 55 who are still independent and looking for secure living to come and see what we have to offer.

torphins-1The modern, purpose built property offers assisted living is inviting and cosy with an en-suite bathroom and patio doors leading out to a private garden. Beloved pets can also be accommodated.

Abbeyfield Torphins Pic Peter Devlin
Abbeyfield Torphins
Pic Peter Devlin

One resident said   “I was reluctant to leave my own home at first and I certainly didn’t want to go into an “Old People’s Home” – Abbeyfield is nothing like that, you have your own apartment and access to the garden so you can potter around. There is plenty to do if you want to and there is a lovely selection of food.  We just need some new faces to join the gang!”

Another said  “Abbeyfield is a really special place for me.  It can be debilitating being on your own but I have found a new lease of life in the  friendly and secure environment. If you need a little bit of help the staff on-site are happy to arrange this for you. 

 

If you want to find out more about life at Abbeyfield please contact Aberdeenshire Area Supervisor, Carole Foreman on 07880 037518 or contact the Torphins team direct on 01339 882412 for a chat to find out more about life at Abbeyfield .

www.abbeyfieldscotland.com                 @ScotAbbeyfield

In Aberdeen, the charity, through its subsidiary Crandeen, will provide bespoke tailored outreach services designed to meet the individual needs of  people in the Aberdeen community in 2019. www.crandeen.scot   @crandeen

Happiness at Home: – event in Glasgow

Happiness at HomeThe Life I Want in partnership with Housing Options Scotland are thrilled to announce their first housing event in Glasgow!  The aim of the event is to give people with learning disabilities more information about renting or owning their own home and the different types of support available to make their home a happy and successful one.

The event will be taking place on the 19th March between 10.30am and 3.30pm at TouchBase Business Centre, Middlesex Street, G41 1EE Glasgow. To book yourself a place, click here: Happiness at Home

This full day event will have a host of different things going on. There will be speakers, workshops, stalls and the opportunity to give your opinion about accessible housing and support. We will be talking about some of the problems people can have finding suitable housing and some of the different options that might be available.

So if you:

  • are thinking about getting your own home
  • already have your own home
  • want to find out about the different types of tenancy
  • want to find out about getting the right aids and adaptations to suit your needs

Then come along and get involved!

Retirement properties available to rent in Peebles

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Are you looking for a new home in Peebles and over 60?  We have details of two 1 bed properties that are available to rent from Blackwood Housing.

All the details are below.  If you’re interested phone Blackwood on 0131 317 7227 or email info@blackwoodgroup.org.uk

 

  • 26 Whitestone Court:

1 bedroom property in private retirement home located in the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Peebles.

Property consists of a 1 bedroom property only a few minutes walk from the banks of the River Tweed and the picturesque High Street with it’s interesting variety of shops.

With easy access to parks, the post office, public transport and local leisure amenities this development is the ideal choice for retirement. There is also a communal lounge, a laundry and a guestroom. There is a visiting warden service and warden call alarm system.

Main facts

– Retirement housing
– 36 flats. Built in 1988. Sizes 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom. Includes mobility and wheelchair standard properties
– Resident management staff and Careline alarm service
– Lift, lounge, laundry, guest facilities
– Access to site easy. Distances: bus stop 200 yards; shop 200 yards; post office 200 yards; town centre 250 yards; GP 1 mile(s); social centre 200 yards
506- Weekly Social Activities include: afternoon tea, organised by residents.

If single person must be 60 years or over
If couple one must be 60 years or over the other must be at least 55 years old.

Auto door fitted to property front door

£519.58 per month

 

  • 25 Whitestone Court

1-bedroom property in private retirement home located in the beautiful Scottish Borders town of Peebles.

Property consists of a 1-bedroom property only a few minutes’ walk from the banks of the River Tweed and the picturesque High Street with it’s interesting variety of shops.

With easy access to parks, the post office, public transport and local leisure amenities this development is the ideal choice for retirement. There is also a communal lounge, a laundry and a guestroom. There is a visiting warden service and warden call alarm system.

Main facts

– Retirement apartments
– Careline alarm service
– Lift, lounge, laundry, guest facilities
– Access to site easy. Distances: bus stop 200 yards; shop 200 yards; post office 200 yards; town centre 250 yards; GP 1 mile(s); social centre 200 yards
– Weekly Social Activities include: afternoon tea, organised by residents.

If single person must be 60 years or over
If couple one must be 60 years or over the other must be at least 55 years old.

£499.01 per month

Charities join forces to inform older veterans of their housing options

housing-for-older-veteransTwo of Scotland’s leading charities, Age Scotland and Housing Options Scotland have launched a Housing for Older Veterans in Scotland advice guide. They are calling on military veterans to request their free copy from the Age Scotland helpline – 0800 12 44 222. The guide is for any military veteran age 65 and older who has completed at least one day’s Regular or Reserve service in HM Forces.

Age Scotland is a member of the ‘Unforgotten Forces’ Consortium which is a partnership between 15 leading organisations led by Poppyscotland which is delivering a range of new and enhanced services to older veterans and funded this guide.

The new guide’s “wealth of knowledge” has been backed by the Scottish Veteran’s Commissioner Charlie Wallace who has welcomed charities working together to improve the lives of older military veterans.

Scottish Veterans Commissioner Charlie Wallace said:

“This is a practical guide which provides a wealth of information for older veterans. It’s a great example of what can be achieved when organisations work together, pooling their knowledge and expertise and is something I am keen to see more of.”

Age Scotland Chief Executive Brian Sloan said:

“As an older veteran you may have settled in civilian housing years ago, but later life can make a rethink necessary; perhaps you’re thinking about adapting your home or moving to a more suitable one.  Thanks to funding from the Unforgotten Forces partnership and the specialist knowledge of Housing Options Scotland Military Matters service, we’re able through the guide to inform veterans not only about housing options open to every older person, but also about the extra help and options available solely to them.”

Housing Options Scotland Chief Executive Moira Bayne said: “We are delighted to see the publication of this guide, which shows how committed we all are to supporting our veterans in later life.”

The guide is an initiative of Age Scotland’s Veterans’ Project and Housing Options Scotland’s Military Matters service.  It is available for free by calling the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222.