Wider Role Activities
Wider Role can be described as..."activities by housing associations that go beyond housing provision and management and seek to improve the social and economic circumstances of local communities".
SHA has a strong commitment to its wider role as an engine for the regeneration of the local area. It employs a wider role manager and project staff whose remit is to support, promote and instigate regeneration and community development activity, working for the benefit of the entire community, irrespective of tenure. A Development and Wider Role Sub-committee oversees this work and its current strategic priorities, reflective of the needs of the area, are:
- Employment and income maximisation
- Young people
- Older people
- The environment
Current wider role projects:
Shettleston Energy Advice (SEA)
An estimated 41% of Shettleston households are in fuel poverty ie. they spend more than 10% of their income on fuel bills. The Association aims to do all it can to ensure people can afford to heat their homes adequately and since 2012 has delivered a local energy advice project, the SEA project. The SEA energy advisor visits residents in their home to advise them on ways to improve their energy efficiency and decrease their bills and can also give information on any grants or subsidies that are currently available. The project is open to all Shettleston residents, irrespective of tenure.
You can contact the SEA project on 0808 202 6565.
Shettleston Community Growing Project (SCGP)
SHA responded to a demand from local people who were keen to see a community allotment in the Shettleston area. The Association made land available for the allotment site and provided staff support to develop the project, alongside community partners and Glasgow City Council. Funding was secured to establish the SCGP site at Eckford Street, which opened in spring 2011. Since then, the SCGP has expanded into adjacent derelict ground and now offers a total of 50 raised bed growing spaces for local residents to grow vegetables. The site also includes a community garden and wildlife garden complete with pond.
The partnership between SHA and SCGP has sparked further joint working including a volunteering project that gets more local people into gardening and grounds maintenance, improving their health, fitness and social life. Sessions are led by experienced community gardeners who allocate tasks according to interests and ability. Volunteers can learn new skills that can help those aiming to secure paid employment or further training,
The project’s Smelly Welly Club gives children aged 8 to 12 the chance to get involved in food growing, cooking and all manner of healthy, outdoor activities. The club meets after school during term time and as a holiday club during the Easter, summer and October holidays.
Each August the SCGP site hosts a Family Fun Day, run jointly by the Association and the SCGP. Always falling on the last Sunday before the start of the autumn school term, the event is hugely popular with Shettleston and Tollcross residents.
If you are interested in finding out more about the SCGP project, you can contact Kenny McCubbin, project co-ordinator, on 0141 763 0511 or 07879 333846.
Fuse Youth Café
SHA worked in partnership with a local group to convert a disused public house to Shettleston’s first youth facility (opened 2009). The Assoc. used loan finance to purchase the building and drew in grant money from the Scottish Government to fund the capital works. Although Fuse is an independent charity, the Association continues to support its work and promote its services throughout our community. You can contact Fuse Youth Cafe on 0141 778 4477.
Upkeep – Shettleston Community Enterprises
SHA set up Upkeep in 2005 to create jobs for local people. Upkeep delivers property maintenance and estate caretaking services. Upkeep Recycling is an offshoot that aims to reduce the amount of perfectly usable furniture and white goods that every year get consigned to landfill sites. For more information about Upkeep, please visit their website www.upkeepglasgow.org.uk. You can contact Upkeep on 0141 764 3793.
Shettleston Men's Shed
Sometimes described as a 'youth club' for older people, the men's shed movement started in Australia over 20 years ago and has since spread to the UK. Aimed mainly at older, retired men, men's sheds provide a social and recreational outlet for a group of people that can be at risk of loneliness and of developing physical and mental health problems. The idea for the Shettleston Men's Shed came from a retired Shettleston resident who was worried about his own health and wellbeing. After reading about Men's Sheds in a newspaper article he decided a similar project in Shettleston would be good for him and for others in the local area. The Association helped bring together like-minded men to form a steering group and provided development support and premises. Shettleston Men's Shed - the first in Glasgow - opened for business in April 2015 at 647 Shettleston Road and meets on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.
In the pipeline – more services for older people
Over the next year, we hope to expand the options in our community for older people. Following the example of the Men’s Shed, we are working to develop a hub at our community room in Edrom Path where all kinds of activities would be on offer, but with the emphasis very much on self-help and volunteering. If you would like to help us get this new initiative off the ground, we’d very much like to hear from you. Contact Jane McBride on 0141 763 2821.