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.
Creative Pathways for young people aged 16 to 19 years – In 2014 the Association (and partners Impact Arts / West College Scotland / East Renfrewshire Council) secured People and Communities investment to deliver ‘Creative Pathways’, a 12-18 week certificated employability programme which increased confidence, self-esteem and re-engage young people into the routines of attendance, team work, learning and creative problem solving.
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.
Gardening on the Main Street (Main Street Sheltered Housing Complex) – With the support of an environmental grant from Greggs Foundation, this project aimed to transform an existing outdoor area within the Main Street Sheltered Housing Complex in Barrhead into an accessible communal garden and social space for up to 33 older people aged 60 years and over.
Auchenback’s Climate Challenge (Auchenback Active) – The Association has also supported the delivery of Auchenback Active’s Climate Challenge Fund project which aims to support 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.
Barrhead Buzz (Pulse Community Radio) – Lead by Pulse Community Radio, this project aims to bring together a cross sectoral partnership of Public and Third Sector service providers and community groups from across Barrhead, to deliver a 6 month long ‘promotional campaign’ of thematic events and activities centred around a dedicated schedule of Pulse Radio broadcasts. These broadcasts (involving Vox Pop interviews, topical news features, infomercials and podcasts) will be designed raise local awareness, and promote the different ways in which the community of Barrhead, East Renfrewshire is tackling issues relating to welfare reform and inequality
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.