Services at Cube - Did you know we now have:
The scheme offers all tenants access to a flexible scheme at competitive rates to protect the valuables in your home. To qualify for this
scheme you must have and maintain a clear rent account and have no criminal convictions. Our Insurance offers lots of benefits, for example:
• Loss of keys, fridge & freezer contents, accidental damage to TV's and computers are automatically covered
• Free additional cover provided over Christmas and other religious festivities
• Goods bought through a catalogue or a weekly payment shop are automatically insured!
• Nil excess on all claims - this means you do not have to pay out for anything should you need to claim (with other insurance policies you may have to pay an
amount towards the claim)
• New for old cover on all goods
• You choose and pay for only the level of cover you need The scheme protects you against losses incurred in the event of a fire, flood, theft or malicious damage.
Application forms are available from our Housing Office or by calling 0845 250 7966 (option2)
GHA and Cube bursaries give tenants a financial lifeline to go to university
GHA and Cube Housing Association have 200 education bursaries available to their tenants to help them go to university this year.
The housing associations are providing bursaries of up to £1,500 to help tenants and their children with travel expenses, textbooks, childcare or other costs necessary for their studies.
The bursary scheme is another way GHA and Cube are helping tenants lead better lives.
The Better Futures Fund bursaries are open to anyone over 17 who lives in a GHA or Cube home and will be starting a university undergraduate degree.
Bursaries are also available to tenants who are going to college at HNC/HND level with a view to going to university. The bursary scheme supports students attending any Scottish college or university.
Applications for bursaries are now open and will run until 30 September 2013.
Duygu Gunes, a GHA tenant from Balornock studying Biomedical Science at Glasgow Caledonian University, received a bursary last year. Duygu said: "It has been a brilliant help. I bought my laptop and I'm now able to stay at home to do more work. It really means so much to me."
Tracey Murray, a Cube tenant from Broomhill who is in her third year of a Social Work degree at Strathclyde University, also received funding last year. She said: "I have two young children and I couldn't afford to go down the academic route before.
"Being able to buy my own books has made a big difference as I previously had to rely on the university library. I can now study at a time that suits me and work my studies around my family life."
GHA and Cube, which are part of the newly-formed Wheatley Housing Group, helped 204 students last year with bursary funding.
GHA Chair Gordon Sloan said: "We want to give all of our tenants and their families the opportunity to aspire to higher education without the worry of student debt.
"The Better Futures Fund is a great way to help our tenants achieve a qualification which will really help them in the job market."
Cube Chair Liz Ruine added: "We're delighted to be able to offer these bursaries to Cube tenants. A bursary could be the big factor in whether a student applies for university or whether they can afford to stay on their course."
The bursaries are a partnership between GHA, Cube, Glasgow City Council's Education Department and a colleges and universities throughout Scotland.
GHA tenants who would like an application form should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 479 7979. GHA tenants can also find more information on facebook at www.facebook.com/glasgowhousing
Cube tenants should call 0800 479 7979 for an application form or email email@example.com
GHA and Cube urge tenants to claim all the benefits they're due
Cube Housing Association and its sister organisation GHA have helped tenants claw back almost £4million in unclaimed welfare benefits in the past year alone.
The figure comes as GHA and Cube, both part of the Wheatley Group; launch a campaign urging their tenants to make sure they claim all the benefits they're entitled to.
As well as helping people, the unclaimed money will help boost the Glasgow economy as a whole.
Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, has added his support to the call.
Every year, around £20 billion of welfare benefits and tax credits go unclaimed in the UK as people fully entitled to claim don't do so.
It's vital that tenants claim everything they're due before Universal Credit comes in, because the amount of benefits they receive will be protected for up to two years if their circumstances don't change.
Cube Chair Liz Ruine said: "At a time when welfare reforms are having a dire impact on thousands of people across Glasgow and Central Scotland, Cube and GHA are doing all we can do to ensure our customers receive everything available to them."
Both Cube and GHA have a team of Welfare Benefits Advisors on hand to guide tenants through the process of claiming benefits and tax credits they are due. Support is also available to help people manage their money and to get back into work or education.
Tenant Margaret McLeod got help with attendance allowance and pension credit – and got her Housing Benefit increased too.
Margaret said: "I'm over £150 a week better off. No one tells you what you're entitled to – I didn't know until the advisor helped me fill in the forms. "I would say to other tenants to get in touch. The advisors really are there to help."
Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "When people need support, we need to work together as a community to ensure they are able to claim and receive everything they are entitled to. Both GHA and Cube deserve huge credit for what they are doing to help tenants."
GHA and Cube have a team of Money Advisors to help tenants budget and manage their finances and Fuel Advisors to help tenants get the best deal on fuel bills. At the same time, both organisations help hundreds of tenants access work and training opportunities.
The Community Janitors scheme offers paid work placements for the long-term unemployed in GHA and Cube communities. And GHA and Cube also provide grants of £1,500 to tenants attending university or college.