News & events

Keep up to date with all the latest news and events throughout the Hillcrest Group of Companies
  • Housing Minister opens new Aberdeen development

    Posted: 23rd April 2019

    A new affordable housing development, which will inject 67 good quality affordable homes into the city’s housing stock has been officially opened by member of Scottish Parliament, Kevin Stewart MSP. Mr Stewart who is the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning and also an MP for the Aberdeen Central…

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  • Egg-ceptional donation for local families

    Posted: 19th April 2019

    Struggling families across Dundee, Angus, Fife, Perth and Kinross and Edinburgh have been gifted a welcome boost this Easter thanks to Hillcrest Housing Association and Thorntons Solicitors. Colleagues and the general public have been donating Easter eggs and chocolates to be gifted to families through local foodbanks with more than…

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  • Be a good egg this Easter – donate an egg to struggling families

    Posted: 9th April 2019

    Staff at Hillcrest and Thorntons offices, as well as the general public are being invited to be a ‘good egg’ this Easter and donate chocolate eggs to struggling families. The joint initiative between Hillcrest and Thorntons Solicitors and Estate Agents aims to invite donations of Easter eggs, which can be…

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  • Gender Pay Gap

    Posted: 8th April 2019

    The Gender Pay Gap is the difference in average earnings between men and women, irrespective of the position they hold within our organisation. The findings have been prepared in line with the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap information) Regulations 2017, which requires employers with 250 or more employees to…

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  • Bright horizons for Hillcrest’s brand-new venture: Hillcrest Enterprises

    Posted: 3rd April 2019

    A merger of two of Hillcrest’s companies has paved the way for the launch of a brand new venture – Hillcrest Enterprises. Northern Housing Company, which has offered mid-market affordable housing for many years, has merged with Hillcrest Enterprises Ltd, which managed the group’s commercial projects and businesses. Launched on…

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  • Don your dandiest outfit to protect stroke recovery

    Posted: 18th March 2019

    At the end of this month, a service that is helping people to live again fully after their stroke will stop as there’s not enough money to keep it going. To do something about this, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland are looking for volunteers to don their dandiest outfits or…

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  • Hillcrest opens the doors at Derby Street to inspire careers in construction

    Posted: 15th March 2019

    Hillcrest is taking part in Open Doors Week 2019, giving members of the public a unique chance to see behind the scenes of its affordable homes development at Derby Street – tipped to become one of the finest affordable housing projects Scotland has seen. Tours will be available on Wednesday…

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  • Apprenticeship Week sees second chance given to stricken McGills trainees

    Posted: 8th March 2019

    Five apprentices of stricken building contractor McGill have been given a second chance, with Hillcrest offering not just employment but also the opportunity to continue their apprenticeships. Painter and decorator Lee Alan, plumbers Andrew Fenwick and Ian Crighton, and electricians Lee Brannen and Lewis MacKenzie not only lost their jobs…

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  • Reporting a repair to your home: changes taking place from April 1st

    Posted: 6th March 2019

    To help improve our repairs service we will be changing the number of categories we have for reported repairs from three (emergency repair – 4 hours, urgent repair – three working days, and routine repair – 10 working days) down to two categories. The categories will now simply be emergency…

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  • Hillcrest’s Aberdeenshire debut set to boost affordable housing provision

    Posted: 21st February 2019

    Hillcrest Housing Association with support from Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Government is set to create 91 new affordable homes in Stonehaven, bolstering Grampian’s stretched housing provision. The development of quality homes located on the Ury Estate will mark Hillcrest Housing Association’s debut in Aberdeenshire. The organisation also recently made…

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  • Hillcrest tenants – we need you!

    Posted: 14th February 2019

    We’re looking for your feedback to help improve how we look after you, your home and your community. To do this, our Tenant Participation team is holding an informal evening session where you can come along to meet staff and chat about the services you receive. We love to hear what…

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  • Tales of woe and magic – Hillcrest staff member returns from Syrian refugee aid trip

    Posted: 13th February 2019

    Amera Sajid, the Gowrie Care Money Support worker who recently travelled to Lebanon to help Syrian refugees has returned bringing with her stories and experiences – both heart-wrenching as well as warming. Amera returned from the Middle-Eastern country on January 29th following time in refugee camps in Beirut and the…

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  • New Aberfeldy development is ‘Top of the Cops’ as it scoops top police award

    Posted: 8th February 2019

    Hillcrest’s newest affordable housing development, which was completed in January in Aberfeldy has already won its first accolade, being granted a Secured by Design (SBD) Gold Award by Police Scotland. Secured by Design is a national police initiative that encourages developers to create new and refurbished housing projects with a…

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  • Employment opportunities for former McGill apprentices

    Posted: 6th February 2019

    Hillcrest Maintenance Services (HMS) will be attending Skills Development Scotland’s PACE event tomorrow to offer advice and potential employment opportunities to allow apprentices to complete their trade training. Date: Thursday 7th February 2019 Time: Between 12 noon and 5pm Venue: Apex City Quay Hotel, 1 W Victoria Dock Road, Dundee…

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  • Gowrie Care Angus Homecare Recruitment Event

    Posted: 1st February 2019

    Looking for a career in care? We have lots of opportunities.  We provide active support to enable individuals to achieve and manage their health and social care needs through a holistic and person-centred approach. We have a number of support worker positions available. Come along to our recruitment day to…

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  • Our Power in administration – further information for tenants

    Posted: 31st January 2019

    You may have heard that energy supplier Our Power fell into administration last week. To find out more, you can read our post here. If you were an Our Power customer, we can now confirm your supply will be taken over by Utilita, who will be in touch with all…

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  • Local charities boosted by Hillcrest staffs’ fundraising feats

    Posted: 30th January 2019

    Hillcrest’s kindhearted staff raised over £12’000 last year for a range of local charities and projects.   The money was raised through various initiatives taking place throughout 2018 to support a number of charities working to make a difference. These included Save the Children, Macmillan, Ninewells Children’s Hospital, Alzheimer’s Society,…

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  • Hillcrest survey suggests 52% of households may be in fuel poverty

    Posted: 29th January 2019

    New research has suggested that 52% of households have been plunged into fuel poverty as a result of crippling energy prices, with the research also revealing the lengths people are going to in order to keep warm. The survey carried out by Hillcrest Housing Association, which was open to the…

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  • Gowrie’s drama group put on a “snow”-stopping performance!

    Posted: 28th January 2019

    A group of talented performers with support needs wowed the crowd with their rendition of the classic fairy tale Snow White in Dundee last week. Supported by Gowrie Care, the Glee Club Drama Group performed Snow White and Friends to an audience of over 50 people at Gowrie’s community hub…

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  • Energy supplier Our Power falls into administration

    Posted: 28th January 2019

    As of the 24th of January, energy supplier Our Power has gone into administration following a number of attempts to rescue the company from financial difficulty. If you are an Our Power customer, what does this mean for you? For our tenants with Ourpower, your energy supply will not be…

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  • Get a 50% bonus on your savings with Help to Save

    Posted: 18th January 2019

    Help to Save is a new government saving scheme to help working people on tax credits and Universal Credit build their savings. Here are the key things you need to know. With Help to Save you get a 50% bonus on your savings. So you can earn 50p for every…

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  • Hillcrest staff-member packing her bags for Lebanon to help Syrian refugees

    Posted: 8th January 2019

    A member of staff from Hillcrest’s Gowrie Care is set to pack her bags for Lebanon, to help refugees fleeing the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria. Amera Sajid, a money advice worker for Gowrie Care, which is part of the Hillcrest Group of Companies, will travel to the Middle Eastern…

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  • School pupils pave career pathways with Hillcrest work experience

    Posted: 28th December 2018

    Two Dundee school pupils have cast their gaze firmly on their future careers, completing eight-week work experience programmes with Hillcrest Group of Companies. Declan Coughlin from Harris Academy and Graeme Cosgrove from Craigie High School – both fifth year pupils, got hands-on in their chosen areas of the company supported…

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  • Gowrie Care’s toiletry appeal sees hundreds of items gifted to homeless people in Dundee

    Posted: 20th December 2018

    An appeal set up by Gowrie Care’s community recovery service has accumulated hundreds of toiletry essentials for homeless and people in recovery in Dundee and the surrounding area this Christmas. The items, which include shampoo, body wash, toothpaste and toothbrushes, have been sorted into toiletry bags with a total of…

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  • Dates for the diary: Universal Credit festive pay dates

    Posted: 18th December 2018

    If you are receiving benefits or Universal Credit, depending on your payment dates you may receive your money early over the festive period. This is because Christmas falls on a Tuesday, and Boxing Day on a Wednesday – with both days being public holidays. See below for more information on…

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  • Gowrie’s Dundee disco proves to be a big hit!

    Posted: 14th December 2018

    Over 250 Gowrie Care service users and staff got into the festive spirit earlier this week when they attended the charity’s annual winter disco at Dundee’s Apex Hotel. The partygoers enjoyed a boogie on the dancefloor and were trea ted to a tasty buffet supper, a free raffle and music supplied…

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  • Kindhearted Hillcrest staff donate gifts for Children’s Hospital

    Posted: 13th December 2018

    Hillcrest staff members have brought more than just good tidings to Tayside Children’s Hospital at Ninewells, donating selection boxes and gifts. The staff from Hillcrest’s Tom Johnstone Road office in Dundee donated the gifts, aiming to bring some Christmas cheer to the young patients. The trio who made the journey…

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  • Lord Provost opens Gowrie Care’s first accessible holiday home in Dundee

    Posted: 12th December 2018

    Dundee’s Lord Provost, Ian Borthwick opened Gowrie Care’s new accessible holiday home in the Coldside area of Dundee today. Rockwell Holiday Home will provide a much needed holiday let facility for individuals who have support and care needs, as well as their carers and close families. When speaking at the…

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  • Hillcrest staff raise over £1500 to help tackle homelessness

    Posted: 11th December 2018

         A team of Hillcrest Group staff took on Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park challenge on Saturday in a bid to help raise awareness and money to contribute towards eradicating homelessness in Scotland. The team, made up of Clare McNally, Joy Dunlop, Yvonne McKinlay and Sharon Murdoch, braved…

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  • Creating a masterpiece: Architecture student wins competition to design Hillcrest community garden

    Posted: 7th December 2018

    Hillcrest residents in the St Machar area of Aberdeen will soon be able to relax in a brand new community garden, after a design competition was won by a talented RGU architecture student. The competition was run by INsideOUT and featured a brief of designing a community garden with a…

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  • Organisations band together to banish loneliness at Christmas

    Posted: 29th November 2018

    A number of Dundee not-for-profit organisations with support from the business community have thrown a cracker of a Christmas party for over 100 older people at risk of isolation this Christmas. The party was organised jointly by Helping Older People Engage (HOPE), Dundee Voluntary Action, Royal Voluntary Service, Dundee Community…

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  • Public Health Minister launches drug and alcohol strategy with Gowrie Care in Dundee

    Posted: 28th November 2018

    Joe FitzPatrick MSP launched the national strategy for preventing and reducing drug and alcohol-related harm at an event held in Gowrie Care’s Cairn Centre in Dundee today. The Scottish Government’s strategy, “Rights, Respect and Recovery”, says Scotland will take a health approach to substance misuse and focus on people’s needs.…

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  • Local charities benefit from the gift of giving

    Posted: 28th November 2018

    Three Scottish charities working hard to support their local communities have been bolstered with a share of £500 funding courtesy of Dundee based not-for-profit, Hillcrest. The funding is being donated as part of Hillcrest’s Gift Aid initiative, which sees a portion of the organisation’s profits injected into a grant fund.…

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  • Change of return date for postal survey

    Posted: 28th November 2018

    The return date on some of our recent postal surveys for our proposed Rent and Service Charge Restructure was stated as 30th November. This is an error and the actual return date is 7th December. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused. Thank you if you have already…

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  • Gowrie Care Open Day

    Posted: 21st November 2018

        Looking for a career in care?  We have lots of opportunities. We provide active support to enable individuals to achieve and manage their health and social care needs through a holistic and person-centred approach. Due to growth in the organisation we have a number of support worker positions available. Join…

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  • Hillcrest and partners talk money at Angus event

    Posted: 21st November 2018

    An event aiming to put money matters firmly on the tip of the tongue and get people talking was held in Arbroath on Friday 16th November, organised by the Angus Financial Inclusion Partnership. Taking place as part of the Talk Money Week, the “What’s the Benefit” event welcomed around 70…

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  • Hillcrest offices will be closed on Friday 23rd November

    Posted: 20th November 2018

    Our local Hillcrest Housing offices (Dundee, Edinburgh, Perth and Arbroath) will be closed on Friday the 23rd of November 2018 for staff training, and will reopen on Monday 26th November at 9 am. If you have a query that isn’t urgent, our customer service will still be available on 0300…

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  • Hillcrest joins the ranks of companies signing the Armed Forces Covenant

    Posted: 16th November 2018

    Hillcrest has become the latest organisation to sign the UK Armed Forces Covenant – a commitment to support the Armed Forces community wherever and whenever possible. We join more than 3000 UK organisations who have now put pen to paper, pledging to do their part. The document signing took place…

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  • Hillcrest’s Gift Aid initiative is the gift that keeps on giving

    Posted: 16th November 2018

    The Hillcrest Group of Companies has distributed over £700k of funding to set up services and projects that benefit people and communities across Scotland. Our Gift Aid initiative has supported 109 projects and activities with grant funding of £706,696 since the scheme launched in 2013. Hillcrest’s fundraising and grants officer Clare McNally…

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  • Tenants’ report 2017/18

    Posted: 15th November 2018

      Read our tenants’ report! This report provides our tenants and customers with information about how we performed against the Scottish Government’s Social Housing Charter in 2017/18. The tenants’ report has been developed in close consultation with tenants and contains a summary of key information from our annual report on…

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  • HEAT scoops top award for their fight against fuel poverty

    Posted: 6th November 2018

    Hillcrest’s Energy Advice Team (HEAT), which aims to reduce fuel poverty and keep tenants warm over winter were delighted to scoop a top industry award. HEAT were nominated for the Margaret Blackwood Excellence in Housing Innovation Award in recognition of the support they offer tenants who are struggling to pay…

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  • Adult learners celebrate achievement in Dundee

    Posted: 1st November 2018

    (from left) Iona Summerton, Gowrie Care project worker; Stewart MacKay, Gowrie Care client; Douglas Knight, Gowrie Care client; Terri Coutts, Gowrie Care client; Amy Browne, Lead Scotland learning coordinator; Janet McBean, Gowrie Care client and Niamh Kelly, Gowrie Care project worker Five Dundonians aged between 36 and 60 proved you…

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  • Hillcrest staff take part in Health and Safety Day

    Posted: 1st November 2018

    Staff from across the Hillcrest Group of Companies gathered at Hillcrest HQ in Dundee last week to take part in a number of health and safety themed activities. Hillcrest’s health and safety team, along with a few guest speakers, organised a jam-packed day of fun workshops and interactive tasks. The…

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  • Constructive Site Visit for D and A College Students

    Posted: 31st October 2018

    A group of Dundee and Angus College construction students recently had the opportunity to see a development in action, with a site visit to Hillcrest’s Eliza Street construction project. The students were from the NPA Award in Construction (Multi-Trade) class, which teaches skills in a range of trades including joinery,…

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  • Gowrie Care services get together to raise money for cancer charity

    Posted: 30th October 2018

    Two Gowrie Care services recently held a coffee morning in Dundee to raise over £200 for Maggie’s Dundee. Service users from Gowrie Care’s Milton Street and Canning Place services invited their families to the get-together where they enjoyed hot beverages, home baking and a good catch up. They managed to…

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  • Job success for Hillcrest apprentice joiners

    Posted: 25th October 2018

    (From left to right: Tom Young, HMS operations manager; Ross Grant, HMS joiner; Jackson Couper, HMS joiner; Bob Jack, HMS operations manager) Two young apprentices have secured full time employment with Hillcrest Maintenance Services (HMS) after completing modern apprenticeships. Ross Grant and Jackson Couper both achieved SVQ Level 3 in…

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  • Customer service team notice

    Posted: 24th October 2018

    On the last Thursday of every month our Customer Service team will be attending staff training from 2pm onwards so will be unable to answer your calls in the afternoon. You can email your enquiries to customerservice@hillcrestha.org.uk and we shall respond the following day. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.…

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  • Hillcrest shortlisted for the Excellence in Innovation Award

    Posted: 22nd October 2018

    Hillcrest’s Energy Advice Team has been shortlisted for the CIH  Scotland 2018 Excellence in Housing Innovation Award for our energy top-up scheme. The scheme, which has received funding from Energy Action Scotland, allows tenants who are struggling financially to receive a discretionary top-up on their prepay meters. The project is…

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  • Friday 12th October: IT and Phone Systems Down for Maintenance

    Posted: 11th October 2018

    Due to our IT systems being down on Friday the 12th of October from 1300, our customer service team will unfortunately be unable to answer your calls. An out of hours emergency repairs service will still be available by calling 08000 324 888. If your query is not an emergency…

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  • Local MP supports Gowrie Care’s campaign to tackle drug deaths in Dundee

    Posted: 1st October 2018

    Stewart Hosie MP (SNP) visited Gowrie Care’s harm reduction service in Dundee last week to find out more about the charity’s overdose awareness campaign. ODnotMe aims to combat drug-related fatalities in the city by breaking down stigma surrounding drug overdose and dispelling the myths associated with it. Gowrie Care’s area…

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  • Housing Minister Visit on Scottish Housing Day

    Posted: 19th September 2018

    Hillcrest Housing Association and Bield Housing & Care celebrated Scottish Housing day with a visit from Kevin Stewart MSP today.   Scotland’s Housing Minister was welcomed to the old Eastern General site in Edinburgh which provides 231 affordable homes for the city. As well as a tour of the Hillcrest…

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  • Chief Exec Has Her Say on Scottish Housing Day

    Posted: 19th September 2018

    Scottish Housing Day is a chance to reflect on what the housing sector, alongside the Scottish Government, councils, funders, lenders and other voluntary organisations, has achieved. A house which people can call a home is not a god given right but it should be.  A home that people can afford…

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  • Ogilvie and Hillcrest showcase Clepington Primary art

    Posted: 12th September 2018

    Ogilvie Construction and Hillcrest Housing Association are showcasing the artistic talents of the children at Clepington Primary School in Dundee who drew pictures of their dream house for the nearby new build project in Eliza Street. Children at the school sent in the drawings in a competition run by the…

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  • Gowrie Care Perth Recruitment Event

    Posted: 5th September 2018

    We have lots of opportunities for people looking for a career in care. We provide active support to enable individuals to achieve and manage their health and social care needs through a holistic and person-centred approach. Due to a large area of growth in the organisation we have a number of…

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  • Alan Russell takes the helm at Hillcrest

    Posted: 29th August 2018

    After five years as Hillcrest’s Chairperson, Val Howard recently stepped down in accordance with governance rules. Angela Linton, Hillcrest Group chief executive commented that “It has been a pleasure working with Val over the last five years and I look forward to her continuing to make a meaningful contribution to…

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  • 50 Faces of Hillcrest

    50 Faces… is now live!

    Posted: 2nd August 2018

    Head over to our Facebook and Twitter pages to keep up to date with the latest releases! 50 Faces of Hillcrest is a film project commemorating Hillcrest’s 50th anniversary and celebrating the main focus of our business – people. People who have contributed to our business, delivered key milestones, live…

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  • Gowrie Care Recruitment Days

    Posted: 17th July 2018

    We have lots of opportunities for people looking for a career in care. We provide active support to enable individuals to achieve and manage their health and social care needs through a holistic and person-centred approach. Due to a large area of growth in the organisation we have a number of…

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  • Tenant Participation Focus Week

    Posted: 6th July 2018

    Next week our Tenant Participation team and HART (Hillcrest Action Residents and Tenants) are going on tour! We will be visiting Dundee, Perthshire, Fife, Edinburgh and Arbroath to talk and listen to tenants about how we can improve our services, as well as letting you know more about getting involved…

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  • Redevelopment plans submitted for Dundee housing estate

    Posted: 5th July 2018

    A planning application for the redevelopment of Ellengowan estate in Dundee was submitted last week. Plans which focus on good quality design and landscaping, include 130 properties offering a mix of houses, cottage flats, amenity flats and flats. The proposed homes will be available for mid-market rent managed by Northern…

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  • 18 affordable homes delivered in Lochee

    Posted: 4th July 2018

    The Lochee area of Dundee received a much-needed injection of affordable housing when 18 new homes were handed over to tenants last week. The social rental properties at St Ann Lane, constructed by George Martin Builders, are the latest homes to be delivered by Hillcrest Housing Association as part of…

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  • Tenant feedback welcomed

    Posted: 31st May 2018

    We have recently reviewed and redrafted the Unacceptable Actions Policy and Procedure. We would like your feedback on these documents. You can read thed Unacceptable Actions Policy and Procedure drafts by clicking on the links below: DRAFT – Unacceptable Actions Policy DRAFT – Unacceptable Actions Procedure Please send your feedback…

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  • The Hillcrest Group celebrates living wage commitment

    Posted: 23rd May 2018

    Living Wage Scotland is pleased to announce Hillcrest Housing Association and Hillcrest Maintenance Services are now accredited as Living Wage employers. Their Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at Hillcrest Housing Association and Hillcrest Maintenance Services receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.75. This rate is significantly higher than…

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  • Good Governance Gowrie

    Posted: 18th May 2018

    Gowrie Care, part of the Hillcrest Group, was one of four charities recognised at the first Good Governance Award ceremony during an event held in Dundee’s city chambers earlier this week. Achieving the Good Governance accreditation highlights Gowrie’s commitment to continually reviewing policies and procedures to ensure we are a…

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  • Hillcrest signs up for streamlined services with VWS

    Posted: 14th May 2018

    In a move that will streamline their business and create new jobs, the Hillcrest Group of Companies has appointed fire, safety and security contractor Video Watchman Systems Ltd (VWS) to manage multiple services. VWS now provides servicing and reactive works for a number of Hillcrest’s components including fire alarm detection,…

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  • Join Hillcrest’s list of approved suppliers!

    Posted: 4th May 2018

    Packs to apply to be a supplier for the Hillcrest Group are available now. Suppliers can download an application pack by clicking the link below: Supplier of Services Pack Alternatively you can request a pack by emailing tenders@hillcrestha.org.uk. Please read the guidance and complete the form as outlined. Forms completely incorrectly…

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  • Businesses open doors for Stobswell street art project

    Posted: 30th April 2018

    20 unloved doors in Dundee’s Stobswell area have received a creative lick of paint this month as part of unique street art project. Following the success of the Open/Close Dundee, and with the support of Hillcrest and Dulux, volunteer organiser Russell Pepper is launching Open/Close Stobswell. Russell said: “I’m extremely…

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