Current Community Regeneration Activity
Welfare Rights and Energy Advice Service – In 2014, the Association established a Welfare Rights and Energy Advice Service with grant investment from The Big Lottery. This service (now financed wholly by the Association through income-generating activities) employs a Welfare Rights Officer and a part-time Energy Advisor.
The Barrhead Housing Association Community Fund
Barrhead Housing Association hosted its first Community Choices event at The Foundry, Barrhead on Saturday 17th March 2018. The event was part of a commitment to engage the community through Participatory Budgeting funded by the Scottish Government. 22 fantastic projects were shortlisted and represented on the day in the market place and competed for the votes of the community. In 2.5 hours, 2586 votes were cast and approximately 700 members of the community passed through the market place. An exceptional attendance by the community to support all these worthwhile projects. With match funding from the Association, the total pot of £30,000.00 was awarded on the day to 7 successful projects:
- The Barrhead Men’s Shed
- Levern Valley Brass Band
- Neilston Wasps Football Club
- Neilston Scout Group
- Include Me2Club
- East Renfrewshire Good Causes
- Yoga Untangled
Each of the successful projects were presented with their cheques on 22nd March 2018 by the Steering Group. The projects will be delivered across the next 12 months and Barrhead Housing Association will work in partnership with these organisations to support the success of the individual projects and deliver the evaluation of each project
Tenancy Sustainability Project
Barrhead Housing Association has secured funding from the Aspiring Communities European Social Fund operated by the Scottish Government to deliver a tenancy sustainment project within Dunterlie, Barrhead. In 2018 and 2019 we will be initiating, coordinating and delivering a programme of practical community-based creative approaches for tenancy sustainment of the most vulnerable tenants in Dunterlie, Barrhead. The project will support the tenants in a range of meaningful opportunities, which include: setting up, sustaining and maintaining their own home; increase their employability skills by developing and delivering a local environmental enhancement project and learn or enhance their digital skills through a number of different Information Technology, Computing and Online engagement events and workshops
Creative Pathways for young people aged 16 to 19 years – Since 2014 the Association (and partners Impact Arts / West College Scotland / East Renfrewshire Council) secured People and Communities investment to deliver ‘Creative Pathways’. Creative Pathways is an employability programme, which is a close collaboration between Barrhead Housing Association and Impact Arts that uses the power of arts and creativity to inspire and motivate young people in Barrhead. The focus of Creative Pathways ensures that young unemployed people from Barrhead are able to engage in a programme that is creative, influential, dynamic and productive but at the heart of it, is focused on improving their life chances and employability prospects. The programme uses a creative, entrepreneurial approach to increase skills that are relevant to employers and relevant to the current growth area in creative industries highlighted by the Scottish Government. Taking the form of full-time workshops over a 12 week period, professional artists lead varied creative activities for 16-24 year olds who are not in employment, education or training.
Between April 2016 and August 2017, Creative Pathways ran four programmes in Barrhead, and worked with 48 young people. A total of 35 (74%) of these participants moved into positive destinations. Crucially, of those that passed a six-month progress check threshold, 100% of those who had moved into positive destinations were still engaged in employment, education or training. Because of this achievement we nominated the project to the SURF Awards (Scotland Regeneration Forum) for the Youth Employability category, we were delighted to be shortlisted as one of three projects, but unfortunately did not win the award
Auchenback’s Climate Challenge (Auchenback Active) – In 2015-2018 the Association has also supported the delivery of Auchenback Active’s Climate Challenge Fund project which supported the community of Auchenback to take action to reduce the impact of climate change by delivering a programme of practical activities designed to inform, engage, build knowledge and skills of local people on issues relating to home energy, food consumption and waste:
- Food Growing
- Auchenback Active and Partners Young Enterprise Scotland have created a new growing space at Hillview Primary School, with 14 raised beds constructed, as well as herb garden, wild area and a wormerie, Auchenback Active and Young Enterprise Scotland also established a gardening club at St Marks Primary School who have revamped their raised beds and have been growing and eating vegetables.
- Food Waste Workshops
- On behalf of Auchenback Active, Young Enterprise Scotland hosted 10 school groups, totaling 193 young people from St. Mark`s Primary school and Hillview Primary School in Barrhead on a Learning Visit to Rouken Glen. A learning visit is a whole date of activities, which include, Bee Hive demonstration, Harvesting Produces, Cooking with Veg, Rocket Composter Demonstration, Recycling Craft Activity and Growing Packs to take away.
Craft Café – This project delivered in partnership with members of the Federation of Local Housing Associations in Renfrewshire (FLAIR) and Impact Arts (with the support of grant investment from the People and Communities Fund) provides activities to sheltered housing tenants and wider community. The Café meets weekly in the Association’s Main Street Sheltered Housing Complex, and the Craft Café model has been selected the Scottish Parliament as a best practice example of engaging with older people within the community, as a means of tackling isolation and loneliness and increasing social inclusion.
Dunterlie Community Growing Consultation
Barrhead Housing Association, the Corra Foundation and the brand new but informal Dunterlie Residents group organised and delivered on Friday 23rd of February, two Community Drop in sessions: Green Gigglers and Growing Dunterlie to investigate the communities appetite in developing green spaces for community growing and other environmental themed activities. At the first of the days events in Dunterlie Resource Centre (Green Gigglers) we worked with a new informal parents and toddlers group, who had only just formed in January. At the event BHA and Corra Staff worked with the parents and toddlers to deliver a seed planting (cress and lettuce) in pots, a bug hunt in grounds of the resource centre and had a healthy vegetable wrap lunch. Whilst during the event the parents were surveyed on their opinions regarding community growing, cooking and upcycling and recycling (survey results below). At the second of the days event the project partners had organised a general community drop in event (Growing Dunterlie) where we arranged for the Dunterlie Youth Group, Dams to Darnley Rangers, Dunterlie Allotments, Barrhead Camera Club, Young Enterprise Scotland and Barrhead Mens Shed, Real Junk Food Project and Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire to provide information and environmental themed demonstrations and activities, which included: Planter building demonstrations, give away Soup Packs, Camera demos, Wild flower Seed bomb building, Free soup from Food Waste. Young Enterprise Scotland also prepared a slideshow of the Auchenback Active Climate Project Pictures/Achievements to help give people an idea of community growing
Community Regeneration Strategy
Our Community Regeneration Strategy links together and underpins Barrhead Housing Association’s wider housing and regeneration operations that achieves OUR MISSION STATEMENT: ‘At the heart of our community – investing in your future’ which will ensure tenants and residents living in Barrhead Housing Association’s communities are empowered to access to a range of opportunities
The Strategy will demonstrate how working closely, with partners, we can support local projects and initiatives to help make a positive impact in our communities. Our Community Regeneration Strategy is an overarching strategy bringing together our objectives for achieving the following:
Our Community Regeneration approach reflects BHA’s role as a community anchor organisation:
- People led – to identify opportunities for people to be involved in project design, development and delivery (including management and decision making)
- Strengths based – to identify opportunities which build on the strengths of people and place (skills, abilities, local assets)
- Connected – to identify opportunities to utilise and develop existing resources and networks as well as establish new routes and connections
Our Community Regeneration Strategy involves a wide range of partner organisations and is far reaching by attempting to engage with all of our tenants and residents living in our communities
It is a strategy designed to:
- Focus on people not property;
- Support and assist our tenants and residents and their families to improve their quality of life;
- Reduce levels of deprivation and increase opportunities for training and employment;
- Build thriving, prosperous and sustainable communities where people want to live; and,
- Complement the physical regeneration of our housing stock.
Empowering our communities is at the heart of everything we do at Barrhead Housing Association and our Community Regeneration Strategy ensures that every tenant has access to a range of opportunities to shape the services they receive, their local neighbourhood and the decisions that are taken locally.