Below you will find detail of the Association’s ongoing Community Regeneration Activity (July 2020) as well as details of the various funding available.
Supporting Communities Funding:
Barrhead Housing Association were successful in obtaining £85,000 of 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:
- All About Barrhead and I Love Clarkston are supporting local businesses, charities and organisation in sourcing PPE, social distancing materials, organising webinars and training related to Covid safety and response, producing lockdown experience videos which is all aimed at supporting people/communities back using the high street / business with confidence that they can be safe as possible .
- 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.
- Back 2 SchoolBank will be supplying brand new school uniforms to children living in hardship and deprivation in East Renfrewshire, primarily in Barrhead and Dunterlie and are working with local agencies, East Renfrewshire Social Work, HSCP, Citizen’s Advice, Women’s Aid and directly with local schools.
- Care for Carers are providing snack boxes which could include meals to be made in the ward (tins, cuppa soup etc) snacks, confectionery, soft drinks, tea, coffee, bread, fruit and veg to NHS Services and Staff based in East Renfrewshire.
- 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.
- East Renfrewshire ASN Parents Action Group are providing wellness packages with includes STEM activity, relaxation products and meditation CDs for the family they work with
- Flair Gymnastics will now be running their gymnastics sessions via Zoom & producing resources and activities on their social media & Google Drive to keep young people active, positive & inspired during lockdown.
- 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.
- Parent Network Scotland have developed a Wellbeing Toolkit to deliver with Parents and Children and this will be rolled out across East Renfrewshire as an online resource. The toolkit is focused on health and wellbeing for parents and children together to take part in and aims to alleviate stress, trauma and promote wellbeing.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thornliebank Together are working with the families who access their Food Share and provided a bespoke age-appropriate package of small and a printed information leaflet detailing the help and support currently available. Including information on food supplies, fuel costs and other financial help, along with softer information on self-care and good mental health.
- Totnosh are preparing and delivering meals on a weekly basis to 42 residents of a Sheltered Housing Complex.
- Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire are administering a Connectivity Fund to give financial payments to suitable households who are struggling to meet digital related bills, exceed data allowances or funding towards digital devices such as tablets.
Barrhead Housing Association Supporting Communities Fund
Meal Delivery for Sheltered Housing Complex – Delivered by Totnosh
Totnosh are have been working with Barrhead Housing Association to deliver a hot meal each week to the residents of the Sheltered Housing Complex through the Supporting Communities Fund.
Meals are being delivered to the shielding tenants once a week for 8 weeks during the coronavirus outbreak to ensure that they have a hot, nutritious meal. It also gives the residents, who may be at a greater risk of the negative effects of social isolation, something to look forward to.
It also allows Totnosh premises – which are normally used for children’s cooking classes – to be used for the good of the community during this crisis.
The meals include dishes such as shepherds pie, lasagne and sausage and mash and the last meal will be a special treat of a delicious afternoon tea.
The meals have been well received by the residents who have stated that: –
‘The meals are lovely, well presented and hot’
‘You get a great portion’
‘The people delivering the meals are very nice’
‘The cake that was added was a lovely surprise and very nice too.’
All residents receive a laminated recipe card with each meal so they can recreate the dish themselves at home too.
Brighter Futures Barrhead
BHA have received a £100,000 National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund’ 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
The National Lottery Community Fund, Scotland Director, Neil Ritch: said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups. I would like to congratulate Barrhead Housing Association on their award, theirs is an important project which and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their communities”
Digital Connectivity Fund
Barrhead Housing Association has just agreed with Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire to run a fund on our behalf and which is available to East Renfrewshire residents struggling with the costs to access the digital world.
The Digital Connectivity Support Fund has been set up to ‘provide financial support for digital connectivity for people from East Renfrewshire’. This may include the following:
o Payments to households/individuals struggling to meet digital related bills
o Payments for data / maintaining household/individual Wi-Fi
o Payments for devices / tablets to individuals
o Or, potentially, a combination of the above.
A maximum of £150 (one-off payment) per household or up £200 for a three-month period per household.
Who can apply?
Must be resident in East Renfrewshire
Only one application per household
Residents suffering from money problems due to Covid-19
Residents that are isolated or at risk of isolation due to lack of equipment or data access (Shielding and Risk 2 group are a priority)
Q I have paid my internet package because of the fear of isolation, can I still apply for help?
A Yes as long as you meet the criteria and can submit the bill you have paid; we can reimburse you.
Q I already have internet but it doesn’t last to the end of the month, can I apply to have my package upgraded?
A Yes as long as you meet the criteria you can upgrade your data quota but not your TV package.
Q How long will the payment cover?
A This is a one of payment and will cover up to 3 months subject to funds being available.
Q Can I apply directly or do I need someone to do it for me?
A You can self-refer or an organisation can apply on your behalf e.g. Citizens Advice Bureau, ERC Money Advice and Rights Team, Barrhead Housing, etc.
Q Do I need to give the equipment back after 3 months?
A No the device will belong to you, we only ask that you give us feedback on the difference it made?
How to Apply
The link below takes you directly to the application form: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=plGEqn9Hu0GvSznmT-bdz1xRyXWp86hLmc7zsTk8-EtUQ1dDTk5ESzRYQ01GOEVPRUc1TzhDSVBMVi4u
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