Regeneration Update May 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


Barrhead Housing Association’s DIY Dunterlie programme is an Aspiring Communities programme funded by the European Social Fund funded from August 2018 until December 2019. The programme is a partnership programme and is delivered by a series of key partners and led by Barrhead Housing Association:

East Renfrewshire Culture & Leisure Trust; East Renfrewshire Council; The Conservation Volunteers; Pioneer Credit Union; East Renfrewshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau; Renfrewshire Action for Mental Health; Totnosh; Parent Network Scotland; Prestige Analysis; and local volunteers

Here’s a short video highlighting the DIY Dunterlie programme:

The project offers a range of opportunities to the Dunterlie community and the wider Barrhead area , with the following opportunities are available

Acitv8 – 10 week health and fitness programme offering coached exercise programme offered at the Foundry Barrhead with an additional subsidized 3 month gym membership for participants who complete the programme

P.H.A.T Class (Positive Healthy and Toned) – Fitness class running in the local community Dunterlie Resource Centre. P.H.A.T class also offers an additional class weekly at the Arc Barrhead.

Digi Know – Digital support drop in service offering learning and troubleshooting support for all things digital – Dunterlie Resource Centre weekly

Dine In – Family cooking programme delivered in Dunterlie catchment schools and delivered by East Renfrewshire Council catering staff in school kitchens

Totnosh – School Holiday and family hub cooking opportunities for families delivered in the local community

Green Gym – Outdoor environmental improvement volunteering for the local community focusing on improving health and light exercise

Employability in the Outdoors – 18 week outdoor environmental programme supporting local outdoor space improvements and offering SQA qualifications and Employability Skills

Budgeting and Money Advice – Drop in service running in the local community and access to free credit union memberships to local families

Starter Packs – Offering support to new or existing tenancies through kitchen, bedroom, carpeting or furniture vouchers through RAMH’s used furniture superstore

Parent Support – Confidence Building and peer support for local parents and identifying needs. Family Hub also runs once a month providing activities for local children and an opportunity for parents to network

Sling yer Hook – Knitting class for beginners running in the local community

For further information on any of the DIY Dunterlie opportunities please contact Tracey Quinn on 0141 881 0638 or at

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.