Regeneration Update December 2019

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

Detail of other recent regeneration activity undertaken by Barrhead Housing Association is provided below:

Creative Pathways,

Creative Pathways is our flagship employability project between Impact Arts and Barrhead Housing which working with up to 30 young people per year, typically aged between 16 and 18. It was Runner Up for the category of Best Youth Employability Supporting Youth Employability in SURF Awards Best Practice in the Community

As well as improving their employability skills, the young people generate an impressive amount of work and learn an array of new creative skills over the course of the programme, including writing exercises, woodworking, computer skills, storyboarding, script writing, filming and animation. Environmental skills included building animal habitats and planters, and creating pinhole cameras and environmentally-friendly developing solutions using natural and recycled materials.

Scott McCorkell, 17, is one of the participants on the programme who created pieces for the Arthurlie Family Centre:

“It’s been really fun getting to expand my skills, interact with new people and do something useful as well. It feels great doing something that people will like and that will actually be useful – it feels really fulfilling. I’ve learned how to make a CV, learned how to word myself in interviews better and also just generally becoming more confident. It’s been great.”

The Barrhead Housing Association Community Fund

The BHA Community Fund was a brand new initiative for Barrhead that that used the ethos of Participatory Budgeting which empowered local people to choose where and how the money available was to be spent whilst ensuring that it supported positive community action and regeneration in their local area.

In two years £78,000 has been awarded to various 26 Community projects in Barrhead Community, through 2 Community Voting Events, with over 1,000 community members voting on the projects they wished to see funded.

Janet from ERA, East Renfrewshire Additional Support Needs Parent Action Group thought the event was fantastic, but not just because of the funding on offer: “it gives you the chance to get out there and get our name out there and let people know that we exist. Because word of mouth works better than anything”

Rena McGuire hosted a stall for a Community Safety and Health project she agrees that there’s more to the event than money alone: “I’ve lived in the area all my life, and involved in the community but I don’t know that most of these groups existed”.

Incahootz Drama “Great event, bringing groups and the community together”

Projects awarded funding in 2019 are:

Barrhead Youth Football Club –  Mental Health Workshops £2,500; Magic WAND Community Safety &Health Project -20th Safety in the Park £3,000; Auchenback Active –  Arts and Craft Group £3,000; St. Mark’s Primary –  Outdoor Area Improvement £3,422; East Renfrewshire ASN Parent Action Group £3,744; In Cahootz Barrhead Drama Group £3,656; 1st Barrhead Boys Brigade –  BB – STEM Ambassador programme £3,500; Levern Valley Community Brass – Brass Day £1,178; Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership £4,000; BANDF – Action for Less Fortunate £4,000; All About Barrhead – Barrhead Rainbow Run £4,000; Barrhead Amateur Boxing Club – The Big Move £4,000; Include Me 2 Club – Social Blend £3,700; Waterworks Veterans Memorial £2,000; Auchenback Active – Community Safety Fun Days £500; Barrhead Netball BBN – Barrhead Bravehearts £500; Dunterlie Baby and Toddler Group £500; Knitting & Crochet Group £500; Prestige Analysis – PHAT (Positive Heath and Toned) £500


Radio Clyde Cash for Kids

During the festive periods, BHA supported 210 local children by successfully applying for £5,250 from the Radio Clyde, Cash for Kids, Mission Christmas Fund. Through the funding, we supplied each of the children with a £25 voucher for Silverburn Shopping Centre. We are sure this brought some additional Christmas cheer to the families who struggled with the financial strain that comes with Christmas.

Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership

BHA have supported Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership ambition to install up to 30 devices across the Town. We have installed one public access defibrillators outside the Association’s office.