Last week I spent three days up in the Orkney Islands, training the newest member of the Scottish Empty Homes Network, Rachael Bowes. Her post is part funded by the Scottish Government, Orkney Islands Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
I was lucky enough to go on a day trip across the water to Dunoon the other week. I’d been invited by Argyll and Bute’s Empty Homes Officer Kelly Ferns. Kelly was in cahoots with one of her empty homes owners – Suzy. They’d put on an afternoon ‘prosecco party’ to celebrate the completion of the renovation project. Lots of people […]
The agenda for this year’s Scottish Empty Homes Conference is well and truly packed. Quite a number of music-heads around the Shelter Scotland offices are particularly stoked about the afternoon keynote address which will be given jointly by John Maher (former drummer for the Buzzcocks turned photographer) and Brian Whitington of Tighean Innse Gall. John […]
This year’s annual report from the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership tells a story of expansion and consolidation. It also highlights a number of gaps (some might say ‘opportunities’) that have yet to be filled.
I realised this morning that it’s been a year to the day that I arrived at the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership to work on the Empty Homes Advice Service. It certainly doesn’t feel like it. It has been a busy time and the months have flown by.