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Pollokshields Community Council - Polish the Shields

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Polish the Shields is a resident-led group that aims to tackle issues around litter, waste and recycling and to transform Pollokshields into a zero-waste community. The group organises a monthly clean-up that empowers local residents to tidy up the streets, helping restore civic pride in the area.

This monthly event attracts over 40 people at a time, ranging from 6-70 years old and representing a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities and nationalities. The event includes a tea and coffee gathering where residents can get to know each other, develop friendships and build solidarity.

Pollokshields faces challenging issues around fly-tipping, litter and waste. Due to cuts, there are less services available to tackle this. To address this, Polish the Shields is applying for money to undertake and promote its work. Additional litter-picking equipment and catering supplies will be purchased with and a poster campaign to widen residents’ understanding about waste. This application is being led by Pollokshields Community Council, a statutory organisation which seeks to represent the interests of Pollokshields residents to Glasgow City Council and other official bodies. Members are volunteers who give their time to promote the wellbeing of Pollokshields.

Funding Request: £1,995 to fund equipment, promotional materials and catering.


Stepup Scotland – Where Adventures Begin

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Stepup is a community organisation based in Pollokshields, working mainly with BAME communities but open to everyone. It organises a range of outdoor activities and trips which help build confidence, skills, fitness and sense of belonging.

Heart attack, diabetes and stroke rates are much higher within BAME communities. There is a great need for exercise, but unfortunately gym membership is too expensive and many people can’t afford gym membership. There is also a local need to support mental health and well-being. Experience of poverty is a barrier to taking part in activities. To address this, Stepup want to put together a programme of activities including hiking, cycling, kayaking/canoeing, indoor sports and activities, community building and social events and environmental awareness. Stepup is applying for money to subsidise this 12 month programme of activities so that the cost can be reduced and affordable for a wider range of local families and individuals. Stepup will pay half the cost of bus hire. Partners Scottish Youth Forum will train Stepup volunteers on local environmental issues to improve the approach to protecting the environment. Funding request: £5,044 to fund contribution to bus hire, hiking and navigation equipment and mountain leader training.


East Pollokshields Out of School Care

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

East Pollokshields Out of School Care (EPOSC) has been functioning for 26 years, governed by a voluntary board of trustees consisting of parents. It provides out of school care and holiday care for all four primary schools in East Pollokshields. This supports parents within the area to maintain full/part time employment, training or education. They aim to provide flexible and affordable childcare in a stimulating, challenging and safe environment. They promote the dignity of service users and staff through the values of respecting safety, privacy and diversity. EPOSC is applying for money to provide a programme of activities which they would not normally be able to offer, during both school term-time and holidays. They hope to build children’s holistic development and confidence by providing activities which involve a level of risky play and are interesting and adventurous. Activities suggested by children and their parents include outdoor pursuits, indoor and outdoor physical activities, rest and relaxation, planned trips and outings, healthy eating, food and nutrition and educational talks. This will create positive outcomes including increased confidence and self-esteem, experiences of peer support and development of trusting relationships between children from the different school communities. Funding request: £20,000 to fund staffing, activities, equipment and resources.


Mark Makers Community Common – Tools for Community

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

The Pollokshields Trust is a community anchor organisation and registered charity - owned and managed by residents. It provides support and develops projects within East Pollokshields to fulfil priorities identified in the 2016 Make Your Mark charrette. They are leading this application on behalf of one project – Mark Makers - which is developing a Community Common, local volunteer force and localised service provision to reverse local poverty. The space will become a community greenspace with community café, toilets, changing room, meeting space, sports fields and skill-training spaces and renewable energy hub. Its design resulted from community engagement with a wide range of residents and is part of a Masterplan for East Pollokshields, a neighbourhood with multiple deprivation and a 53% BME population. Existing funding does not provide money for necessary materials and tools required to support volunteers or safety equipment to run the project.

The team also want to encourage the community to volunteer, retrain and utilise the on-site workshops for own projects. They are applying for money to provide safety equipment, purchase appropriate tools and install the tool bank, to enable more local people to take part. Funding request: £12,800 to fund purchase and installation of tools and equipment.


The Hidden Gardens – Accessible greenspace for all

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

The Hidden Gardens charitable trust cares for the free, public greenspace that is The Hidden Gardens. It attracts 25,000 visitors annually and was created because local people said that greenspace was lacking in their community.

They provide educational activities through art and horticulture, support volunteering and offer events and activities for local communities. Feedback shows that local people see the Gardens as an urban oasis and have a sense of ownership and community but there is a need for better promotion. Feedback also shows that for some people, needing to walk through the Tramway (a large, busy arts venue) to reach the Gardens makes them less accessible. A new, separate entrance is being developed and work is needed to make this and the indoor spaces safer, useful and accessible for all. To address these issues, they are applying for funding for building repairs, ground maintenance, lighting and improvements to facilities; promotional materials; and additions to existing interpretation panels to tell the rich and vibrant story of the Gardens’ achievements in creating a sense of unity within the diverse local community over the past 16 years. Funding request: £18,605 to fund improvement work, promotion, art work and wider project costs.


PPSPC - Inclusive and fun Winter Arts Festival at Pollokshields Primary School

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Pollokshields Primary School Parent Council (PPSPC) is a constituted group of parents and carers with children at Pollokshields Primary School. For the past four years, we have organised a popular Winter Arts Festival, turning Pollokshields Primary School into a Winter Wonderland for an evening in December. The Festival is for all children and families in our diverse community, providing a unique opportunity for people of all ages, religions, cultures and backgrounds to come together and share a fun winter event. The Festival will be a chance for children to experience a range of high-quality arts experiences with their families, enjoying a mix of school, local and professional music, dance, theatre and arts activities. Opportunities to experience these activities aren’t there for every child in an area where many family incomes don't stretch to seeing live music, theatre or cultural activities. We want to make sure that every child in Pollokshields is able to experience all that the Festival has to offer. To make this possible, PPSPC is applying for funding to provide these opportunities free of charge to children and families, ensuring that our event is open to all. Funding request: £2,600 to fund hall hire, entertainment, catering and promotion.


Awaz the Voice of the Community – Silver Surfers

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Awaz the Voice of the Community was established in 2015 to promote social inclusion, working with local communities (particularly, but not exclusively, South Asian communities) on the preservation and conversation of the natural environment, and to advance education, promote and provide training opportunities. They have identified that many local people from BME communities are lacking experience and confidence in use of IT and software. This especially applies to 55+ year olds who have become media/IT isolated. To address this, Awaz are applying for money to train people, using smartphones, tablets and PCs, to gain confidence in using online tools and software. The aim is to enable them to communicate with family and friends; engage with the younger generation, build family social media relationships; engage with agencies performing online transactions with confidence; and access online banking. There will also be an advice provision element. This year long programme would be delivered within Awaz studios. Further benefits of the programme will include gaining new skills and confidence to engage with employability structures and successfully transition from skills building to potential employment; decreasing social isolation; plus improvements in health and well-being. Funding request: £19,030 to fund staffing, equipment, software and wider project costs.


Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre – BME Women: Building Communities Project

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Amina is an award winning organisation, recognised within Scotland for its pioneering and responsive approach to addressing the issues and needs of Muslim and BME women.

Often, BME women want to contribute to their communities but feel they don’t have enough confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding to do this. Issues like social isolation, inaccessible services, racism/Islamophobia and sexism can all negatively impact BME women. Amina works with women who have experienced hate crimes - verbal abuse, headscarves getting pulled off, bottles smashed on them. To address these issues, Amina wants to build BME women’s capacity in Ward 6 to tackle inequalities, contribute to their neighbourhoods and tackle hate crime, racism and discrimination. They will do this by delivering the SCDC’s accredited community development course to BME women in Ward 6. Participants gain the skills to identify issues of concern, carry out research, identify solutions, influence decision makers and ultimately look at making the lives of their communities better. Amina will also deliver a three day ‘training for trainers’ course on tackling hate crime. Women participating will become ‘changemakers’ and train other women in their communities. Funding request: £19,000 to fund staffing, participants’ expenses and wider costs of delivering the project.


Youth Community Support Agency – Pollokshields Streetwork and Outreach Project

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Youth Community Support Agency (YCSA) has worked with disadvantaged young people and their families from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities from its base in Pollokshields for 25 years. Their strapline, ‘Empowering Black and Minority Ethnic Young People’, sums up their purpose. A wide range of anti-social behaviour issues affect the local community, e.g. dangerous driving, criminal activity and drug use/selling. To address this, YCSA is applying for money to develop a streetwork and outreach project to address anti-social behaviour in the Pollokshields area. This 6 month programme over 2 nights a week would engage with young, primarily BME people who are engaged in, or at risk of being drawn into, anti-social behaviour. The project will provide a range of activities in response to young people’s interests, providing opportunities to look beyond their current world view. It will bring in partners to broaden the range of opportunities on offer and will link young people to opportunities and services that can help them progress in a positive direction through diversionary activities. The project will work in partnership with Police Scotland’s Violence Reduction Unit and Pollokshields Youth Development Group. Funding request: £18,968 to fund staffing, resources and activities for the young people.


Southside Housing – Community Ownership of the Land Around our Homes

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Southside Housing is a Registered Social Landlord and charity providing good quality, affordable housing. They also provide support services in the form of welfare rights and money advice, and community development programmes. They are governed by a voluntary management committee. Residents of Southside Housing properties in the St. Andrew’s Drive area have expressed concerns about environmental maintenance in their area. These concerns include poor maintenance of surfaces and grass, exposure to traffic and flooding. The public spaces in the area bounded by the Sikh Temple, the railway line, St. Andrews Drive and St. Andrews Crescent are currently owned and maintained by Glasgow City Council, but Southside Housing is interested in exploring a transfer of the land to allow them to improve and maintain it, as a community controlled charity. To address this, they are applying for money to fund a feasibility study and produce a masterplan reflecting communities’ priorities for the area. An architect would be appointed to carry this out, engaging the local community to identify what they want to achieve and whether they feel Southside Housing is well placed to undertake this work. Funding request: £12,840 to fund architecture consultancy, cost of community engagement and wider project costs.