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School Age & Early Learning Payment Information

5th August 2020

“As we approach that time when the kids are going back to school we wanted to make sure you are aware of all the support you may be eligible for.

This can be an expensive time for parents but did you know about

  • The School Age Payment – a one off payment of £250 if your child is around school starting age. It could help you pay for a new school bag, school trips or after school activities. family that you can get the payment for.
  • The Early Learning Payment -  a one off payment of £250 if you have a child aged between two and three and half.

There is no limit on the number of children in a family that you can get the payment for. To qualify You or your partner usually need to be getting one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit.

If you are aged 19 or under these conditions do not apply – please contact Andy on 07736892626/0141 944 3860 for further information

Also, you can receive this payment in addition to any clothing grant or  free school meals award !!

You are able to apply online at https://www.mygov.scot/pregnancy-and-baby-payment by phone 0800 182 2222 or  application form available at mygov.scot website

If you have difficulty applying or need any further information, please contact Andy on 07736892626/0141 944 3860 and he will apply on your behalf”

Update on Office  

23rd July 2020

We are aware lots of people have been asking when our office will reopen. Under the current Covid-19 restrictions, we are not able to re-open at the moment, however this is under review and you can rest assured that we will re-open when it is safe to do so. We are working hard to try to resume more of our services. We will update our website and social media pages as and when this is will happen. We would like to thank all our residents for their patience and understanding during the past couple of months, we know it has been hard on everyone. We look forward to welcoming you all into our newly refurbished office in the near future. 

If you need to contact the office remember you can call us on 0141 944 3860, email us at admin@cernachha.co.uk or message us through our social media pages.

Thriving Places - Supporting Communities Fund  

10th July 2020

Thriving Places through Cernach Housing Association submitted a successful application to the Scottish Government Supporting Communities Fund in April 2020 for £40,000.This fund is to support people experiencing increased difficulty due to the covid19 lockdown. Our focus is on the self-employed, for example window cleaners, taxi drivers, hairdressers and those who have been furloughed, or any other families who have suffered a loss of earnings. We also focus on family members with additional needs, whether adults, young people or children. So far, we have allocated funds to 70 Drumchapel families totalling £22,600.

If you might benefit from this fund please contact your Housing Officer and he/she will refer you to Thriving Places to consider your application, or for any further information contact 07387100182.

Warm Welcome to Lizi O'Rouke   

6th July 2020

We would like to welcome Lizi O’Rouke back to the Cernach staff team. Lizi will be with us until the end of March next year taking over for Ruth while she is off on maternity leave. Lizi worked for Cernach a few years ago and has a great knowledge not only of housing but Cernach and the Drumchapel area. We are all delighted to have Lizi back it’s almost like she has never been away. 

Welfare Rights Update

3rd June 2020

Cernach Housing Association is aware of the significant difficulties our tenants are experiencing due to Coronavirus. Please remember, our Welfare Rights service continues to be provided to Cernach tenants even though our office premises are currently not accessible.

Did you know that you can apply for additional finance assistance through the Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP) scheme?

In response to the Covid 19 outbreak the Scottish Government has released additional funding through this scheme to support those people who do not qualify for full Housing Benefit or Housing costs in Universal Credit

The award is Discretionary and dependant on your circumstances however applicants must have some entitlement to either Housing Benefit or Housing Cost – Any amount to apply!

If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply or of what benefits/support you may be entitled to then we can help provide professional Welfare Rights advice.

You can contact this service through our office number 0141 944 3860 or call/text 07736892626 and ask to speak to our Welfare Rights Officer Andy.

The Service is available Mon – Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 4pm

If you call outwith these times or the line is busy you can leave a message or text and we will reply as soon as we can.

You can also speak to your housing officer who can help by calling the office 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-3.30pm Friday.

 

COPE 'Whit's Happening' Issue No. 4  

12th May 2020

Issue 4 of COPE's Whit's Happening booklet is now available! The Whit's Happening booklet is packed full of information and advice regarding Covid-19.  It has lots of information on how to keep active, look after your health and well-being during this strange time. Thank you very much to the team at Cope for making this fantastic booklet. Please click here to access it.

Update on Scottish Government  Restrctions

11th May 2020

It's looking like it going to be another lovely day out there. 

We ask for everyone to please continue to follow the Scottish Government restrictions. Stay at home and only leave the house for essential shopping, to attend a medical appointment, pick up medication or to exercise (which has been increased to twice a day from Monday 7th May).

We appreciate this is a difficult time for everyone. We must all continue to stick together, do our bit and hopefully in the near future things will return to some form of normal.

Welfare Rights 

7th May 2020

Cernach Housing Association is aware of the significant difficulties our tenants are experiencing due to Coronavirus. Please remember, our Welfare Rights service continues to be provided to Cernach tenants even though our office premises are currently not accessible. You can contact this service through our office number 0141 944 3860 and ask to speak to our Welfare Rights Officer Andy.

To further support our tenants, we have introduced a dedicated Welfare Rights telephone number.  If you are unsure of what benefits/support you may be entitled to then we can help provide professional Welfare Rights advice.

Call or text – 07736892626 between the hours of 9:30am – 1pm, Monday –Thursday.

If you call outwith these times or the line is busy you can leave a message or text and we will reply as soon as we can.

Change to Office Opening Hours 

1st May 2020

We will be closing at 3.30pm every Friday until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

If you are a tenant and have an emergency repair when the office is closed please call City Building on 0800 595 595.

If you are a tenant in our new build properties please contact the following emergency numbers instead of City Building. Electrics - 0780906921, Plumbing - 01294 468113 or Joiner - 07792 099717

COPE 'Whit's Happening' Booklet 

27th April 2020

COPE's new booklet is now available! The Whit's Happening booklet is packed full of information and advice on how to deal with the issues and concerns people are facing surrounding Covid-19.  Thank you very much to the team at Cope for making this fantastic booklet. Please click here to access it. 

Cernach Spring Newsletter

16th April 2020

Roll up roll up the latest edition of Cernach News is now available, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we can only release it as a digital edition at the moment. Read all about the goings on at thriving places, advice on how to understand the complex benefit system from our Welfare Rights Officer Andy, the progress of our office extension and of course a warm welcome to our new staff member Holly. Please note this newsletter was written and produced before the current government restrictions were put in place. All upcoming social events that have been included in this edition have been suspended until further notice, we hope to reschedule these at a later date.

FQA on Farmfoods Vouchers 

6th April 2020

Please see a number of frequently asked questions regarding the farmfoods voucher scheme that is currently available. 

Q - Why have I received this Voucher?

A - The council is committed to assist the most vulnerable children in the city to access food provisions during the current school closures

Q- How much is the award?

A - You will receive a card for each child in receipt of a footwear and clothing grant and/or a free school meal. The card will be preloaded with £20, equivalent to £2 per school day. It will be topped up on the dates specified on your letter.

Q- I haven’t received vouchers for all my children

A- Cards are being issued on a school by school basis, phased over the coming week.

Q- Can I only use it in Farmfoods?

A- Yes 

Q - What happens If I don’t spend the whole amount?

A - It doesn’t need to be spent all at once. The credit will remain on the card for two years.

Q- Why have I not received a voucher?

A- Vouchers have been distributed to vulnerable families across Glasgow if in receipt of footwear and clothing grant and/or free school meals.

Q-How do I know if I am due a voucher?

A-Vouchers have been distributed to vulnerable families across Glasgow if in receipt of footwear and clothing grant and/or free school meals.

Q-I am due a voucher but I haven’t received it

A-Cards are being issued on a school by school basis, phased over the coming week. If you haven’t received a card by Monday 6 April call 0141 276 1177.

Q-What do I do if I have lost my vouchers or they have been damaged

A-Call 0141 276 1177

Information for Universal Credit Claimants

1st April 2020

As of today the new rent increase will come into place for all Cernach Housing Association tenants. This will require all Universal Credit claimants to submitted a change of circumstances form with the new rent amount to ensure all housing costs are covered. If anyone is unsure what their new rent amount is please contact the office on 0141 944 3860 0r by email at admin@cernachha.co.uk

Warm Welcome to Holly 

4th March 2020 

We would like to welcome Holly to the our expanding staff team. Holly is our new Senior Maintenance Officer, she will be in charge of our planned maintenance programmes as well as leading the maintenance team here at Cernach. Holly has a wealth of knowledge and experience having been part of the repairs and maintenance team at Milnbank Housing Association for over 10 years. We are sure she will hit the ground runniing in her role.

Changes to Office Reception

18th December 2019

Due to the on going building work at our office, from Tuesday 7th January our reception will be moving to side of the building at the car park. This will be the only entrance for our tenants and visitors. We apologise for an inconvenience this may cause during this time and look forward to welcoming you into our new reception once it is complete. 

Staying Well over Winter

12th December 2019

It is the most wonderful time of the year or at least it is supposed to be. But with the cold & sickness bugs going around, the money spent on Christmas presents for the family and getting to and from work in these short winter days can take its toll on everyone. To make sure you look after yourself and those around you this winter COPE Scotland has put together a booklet of tips and people to contact to maintain your health and wellbeing this season.