Ward 6 Community Choices | Glasgow

Investment projects with scope: Ward 6 Projects

This heading has a budget of £200,000


Merry-Go-Round – Merry-Go-Round expansion of events programme

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Merry-Go-Round (MGR) is a community-led charity who provide a range of facilities and services to local families - in the main, providing access to pre-loved high quality, low cost children’s goods. MGR provides both volunteering and employment opportunities, with a structured volunteering programme that grows skills and confidence in the community.

MGR recently had start-up funding for a well-received programme of events, including an events coordinator role. The positive support provided through this events programme includes specific classes, groups and events that meet a wide range of local needs for parents and families, including around education, mental health and wellbeing, financial inclusion, reducing isolation and environmental impact. MGR are applying for money to allow the events work to continue through delivery of a tailored programme for local families. They will increase the number and types of events, and develop new activities based on feedback and to address barriers. Also, an engagement campaign will be developed so that more people in the Ward can be part of decision making about the activities on offer. This will especially target families facing additional barriers, with support to engage. Funding request: £10,797 to fund staffing, engagement campaign and travel expenses for families.


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.


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.


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.


Pollokshields Development Agency – PDA Jigsaw Project

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Pollokshields Development Agency’s (PDA) mission is to promote integration and regeneration into the heart of the community, through listening to local people and responding by developing unique and culturally sensitive services to meet needs, particularly of the most vulnerable and socially isolated in the local community. PDA provides a wide range of clubs, classes and other services to meet local people’s needs.

PDA is applying for money to provide a programme of workshops tailored to meet the needs of specific sections of the community (i.e. women, men, young people, families), plus one-day taster sessions to influence the development of future services. They will also provide a light lunch and refreshments, as many residents in the local area are subject to food poverty. Incorporating a meal into these activities is a dignified way to address this need in a social, sharing, community environment. A workshop series tailored for these specific groups will be provided on employability, confidence building, creative writing, health and wellbeing and money. One day sessions will be held on bereavement, menopause, ‘moaning’ (an opportunity to air grievances without being judged), arts and crafts, CV writing and cookery. Funding request: £17,557.50 to fund staffing, hall hire, activities and refreshments.


Wing Tsjun – Women’s Self Defence Classes

2019-11-19  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

Wing Tsjun is a Scottish sports charity providing self-defence and wellbeing classes through the means of Chinese martial arts. Following a one year pilot programme on self-defence for local women, they have identified a need for these classes in Ward 6, with much interest from mums of young members of the club. 80% of enquiries come from women from a BME background because the women-only setting creates the perfect opportunity for attendance. To address this, they are applying for funding to provide free weekly women's self-defence classes and also to create a drop-in facility where women can come for advice regarding their wellbeing, finding healthy activities, fitness, stretching, self-defence and one-to-one sessions to build the confidence to join bigger groups. This will help to fight inequality and tackle financial barriers that stop women from participating in activities. Women will feel safer and healthier. They aim to provide an inclusive atmosphere where women from all backgrounds come together and learn skills to improve their safety and wellbeing; remove financial and social barriers by providing a free service to local women; fight isolation and deprivation; and promote community involvement, equality and togetherness. Funding request: £2,000 to fund coaching, marketing, rent and equipment


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.


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.


The Glendale Women’s Café – Creating an Inclusive Community

2019-11-21  •  geraldtonner  •  Ward 6 Projects

The Glendale Women’s Café is a charity established to foster a cohesive neighbourhood in Pollokshields through providing a welcoming cafe-style environment with engaging activities for local women. They build skills, confidence and friendships in a free, drop-in space, open every Tuesday during term time. The charity is governed by local women and the weekly offers are organised in response to local needs and suggestions from women. Examples of activities include ESOL classes, sewing sessions, arts and crafts workshops, shared celebration meals, local history discussion groups, health information and massage therapy. They hold “Soup in the Loop” lunches where they invite other charities and services to present to the group, encouraging engagement with other local opportunities and the wider community. All activities are free of charge and there is always a free healthy lunch of soup or daal available. To keep providing these valuable activities for women within the safe and enabling space of The Café, they are applying for money to match fund their programme for the coming year. Funding request: £6,700 to match fund core expenses such as workers, rent, workshops and activities.


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.