June 11, 2020
Further detail of the range of projects and funding currently available to support our communities during Covid- 19 can be found by clicking on the “Community Regeneration” tab at the top of this page.
As a community anchor organisation at the heart of our community, Barrhead Housing Association have pro-actively co-ordinated with key partners and local stakeholders to identify the individuals within our communities and neighbourhoods that require support during these difficult times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This strategic approach to maintain essential services and identify specific areas of need has been adapted to overcome new challenges, and provide support that responds to the needs of our community. It also ensure that we minimise duplication of services and maximise the financial and volunteering resources available.
Barrhead Housing Association were successful in obtaining funding from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund. Funding has been distributed to a number of vital partner community support agencies already who are responding to the challenges created by Covid-19 in various ways, namely:
- Alzheimer Scotland are reaching out to people living with dementia in the community, and their family care givers, to provide one to one emotional support via phone calls and video chats using the Alzheimer Scotland Near Me and Attend Anywhere platforms.
- Strathclyde 4×4 Response are delivering and collecting prescriptions to those who aren’t able to, they are purchasing Broadnet Transceivers to enhance their communication capabilities. These two-way radios work across all the cellular networks, and provide private talkgroups which ensure that confidential messages can be passed between their controllers and responders.
- Include Me 2 are able to react and support our membership base of children, young people, adults and families who experience learning difficulties, by providing telephone support and the preparation and delivery of meals.
- Totnosh are preparing and delivering meals on a weekly basis to 42 residents of a Sheltered Housing Complex.
- Self-Directed Support Forum East Renfrewshire have purchased IT Equipment that will help provide Information, Support and Advice to individuals who have been assessed and require a care package from the Health and Social Care Partnership.
- Citizen Advice East Renfrewshire are identifying those who are struggling with fuel costs, and administering a fuel grant scheme to support those most in need and provide advice and support.
Barrhead Housing Association are actively looking to distribute further funding to support other local groups and initiatives that are providing vital support to our communities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
Climate Challenge Project – 2020-22
£99,804 was secured in February 2020 from Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Challenge Fund for a new 2 year project focusing on Dunterlie, Auchenback and the Sheltered Accommodation. The Barrhead’s Climate Challenge Project will be run by Barrhead Housing Association and will offer free support to help the community of Barrhead to reduce food and textile waste. The project will facilitate discussion about climate change by delivering a series of cooking, upcycling and recycling and will increase understanding of climate change in the local community through climate change discussions and programme of community climate themed events. The closures to community venues due to Covid-19 had the delayed the launch of the project, but we anticipate that by the end of June community members will be able to take part in the project online and digitally
Brighter Futures Barrhead: The National Lottery Community Fund
BHA made a successful £100,000 application to the National Lottery Community Fund in March 2020 to take the popular DIY Dunterlie model forward and expand into Auchenback and continue in Dunterlie. Brighter Futures Barrhead will launch in Autumn 2020 and the project will:
- Support families on low incomes to manage their finances appropriately, enabling them to make their resources go further and are accessing all financial entitlements they are eligible for.
- Reduce food insecurities
- Supporting families, parents and children
- Reduced household spend of families on low incomes, again directly increasing the amount of money available to families
- Run the BHA Community Fund using Participatory Budgeting
You can find a copy of the Associations 2018-2020 Community Regeneration Strategy here – BHA-Community-Regeneration-Strategy-2018-20
For detail of community regeneration activity which has taken place across FLAIR partners during 2019, see below or click here for a PDF copy to print off