THE Clackmannanshire Tenants & Residents Federation have underlined their commitment to those living in the county as they mark 25 years of service.

Standing up for Clacks has been the backbone of the group, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last week with a party for volunteers and partners.

On Monday, July 9, dozens gathered at their Bank Street office in Alloa with chair June Anderson and original chairperson Anna Forbes unveiling a commemorative plaque.

There were many smiles and hugs exchanged in the afternoon, which also saw the introduction of Calum Turner, who became the youngster accredited member of management at the age of just 14.

The federation aims to represent tenant and resident groups, as well as individuals, in discussions with social landlords like the council, Ochil View or Paragon housing associations.

Issues taken on could include participation, allocations, repairs, rents, and anti-social behaviour.

June marked the celebrations last week and spoke of how the average rent was just £25 a week 25 years ago, when the federation was formed.

She said that much has changed since 1993, but the federation’s focus on promoting the rights of residents and tenants “has remained and got stronger”.

She added: “Over the years we have had various administrations of different persuasions and political beliefs, with various council leaders and housing conveners and I would like to thank Clackmannanshire Council and officers for their continued support.”

She and the team are looking at creating more opportunities for volunteers, especially for the newer generations with the Year of Young People in full swing.

Those who are happy to give their time and skills could help out with events, support the federation’s liaison meetings, create digital imagery and videos or support emerging groups.

This year, in particular, the federation is also looking to focus on housing for older people and the disabled.

June later paid tribute to absent friends, like the “late and great” John Gillespie, who was head of housing.

She also gave a nod to the various partners the federation works with, as well as Sauchie Community Group, who received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

MSP Keith Brown, who also went along, has submitted a motion at Holyrood to congratulate the federation on its work so far.

He said: “CTRF has made a significant contribution to Clackmannanshire over the last 25 years and I was delighted to submit a motion to the Scottish Parliament marking the positive impact they have had on the local area.

“It was great to join members, past and present, of CTRF last Monday to help celebrate their achievements and I wish them every success for the next 25 years and beyond.”

Anyone interested in helping the federation can go along to the AGM on Friday, August 24, at 1pm in Sauchie Resource Centre.

Alternatively, email or call 01259 725 757.