Sanctuary Scotland allocated share of Shared Prosperity funding in Glasgow
A programme run by Sanctuary Scotland is among the 17 projects to receive an allocation of £6 million from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) in Glasgow.
The Thriving Communities programme will see Sanctuary Scotland and the HSCP South Health Improvement Team working in partnership to build on the success of Thriving Places in Priesthill, Househillwood and Nitshill. The aim of the project, which was awarded 245,042, is to address social isolation, economic disadvantage and improve mental health through a comprehensive programme of inclusive health & wellbeing activities.
This funding is awarded through the Glasgow Communities and Place Fund which forms part of Glasgow City Council’s proposals under the Communities and Place Investment Priority of UKSPF.
After a selection process based on agreed criteria, the other projects to share the funding are as follows:
- Baltic Street Adventure Playground - £227,936
The Playground is primarily an outdoor playground for the children of Dalmarnock, also tackling food poverty and social isolation through the food hub, holiday and term time children’s meal programme, cake, and coffee sessions for the elderly.
- Basketballscotland Limited - £271,659
On behalf of Easterhouse Community Sports Hub Partnership, this project will deliver a range of sports activities and training and educational opportunities to benefit local people socially, physically and mentally.
- Bike For Good Limited - £354,172
The Community Upskilling Project will give training and volunteering opportunities for people aged 16+ to develop skills and confidence while promoting cycling. The programme will feature bike mechanics training and involvement in the delivery of services including fix your own bike workshops, cycle training, and stripping and building bikes.
- Castlemilk Youth Complex - £204,077
The Strength Through ART programme at the Complex will equip young people from deprived backgrounds with the skills and qualifications to pursue careers in diverse art disciplines while improving their mental health and wellbeing. The programme will engage young people from the Castlemilk area with learning and performance opportunities as a vehicle to further/higher education and employment in the performing arts.
- Centre for Contemporary Arts - £585,842
The Centre will deliver five strands of community engagement and enrichment across Glasgow, promoting social cohesion and inclusion through art and culture that is coproduced by local people.
- Clydeside Initiative for Arts Ltd (widely known as SWG3) - £477,617
The GRID Beyond Walls project will transform Glasgow Riverside Innovation District into a Street Arts District and Open-Air Gallery. SWG3 will work closely with local partners across Govan, Partick and Yorkhill to turn land and buildings into colourful attractions, showcasing some of the world’s most renowned artists alongside respected local names.
- Community Central Hall Limited - £314,776
The Woodside Community Campus project will see the creation of an events and activities community hub for residents which will provide a platform for a wide range of multicultural, arts and creative projects and social action projects, and generating sustainable economic impact.
- Community InfoSource - £248,672
Through providing impactful volunteering opportunities (supporting other isolated asylum seekers), sporting, social and cultural activities, digital skills training, ESOL classes and other communities’ activities, the project will enable 500 asylum seekers living in poverty and suffering poor mental health to enhance their social and cultural quality of life, improve their health and skills for employability.
- Eco Drama Glasgow Communities Empowerment Project - £200,076
A programme of accessible, creative, and cultural activities designed to engage and empower children and adults in the communities of Pollok and Townhead, plus schools and communities in the most disadvantaged areas of Glasgow. The nature themed programme includes theatre, participatory workshops and events, fruit tree planting and teacher training plus a legacy of 21 city-wide orchards.
- Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis - £427,370
The G20 and G45 Heal to Thrive Project aims to empower women and girls who are survivors of rape and sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in Glasgow to have control of their lives and options - especially in relation to employment and education. The project will help vulnerable communities to identify and heal their trauma, and delivering a localised responsive and specialist triage, advocacy, and therapeutic support service.
- Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Glasgow - £745,000
Based on Inspiring Scotland’s Scotland-wide Creative Communities Programme, this project will fund and support community organisations in Glasgow to develop and run creative projects with a focus on wellbeing, working in communities facing barriers to engaging with creativity. Previous projects have supported refugees and asylum seekers, young people in secure care, minority ethnic groups, children with multiple disabilities and people living in top SIMD decile areas.
- Pollok United - £365,921
The Nethercraigs Space For All project will provide the vital resource keys to turn a closure-threatened facility into a multi-use, inclusive community venue responding to the needs of the surrounding community throughout the week. Through a combination of innovative and aggregated partnership service delivery it will sustain a focal-point community resource with maximum opening times offering a range of services - from weekly fairs and community larder to health and wellbeing classes targeting the most vulnerable - within a safe, warm & inclusive setting.
- Sniffer Creative Climate Futures - £465,803
This project looks to empower Glasgow’s communities who are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change to design climate-ready futures for their neighbourhoods and catalyse action to make these visions a reality.
- St. Paul’s Youth Forum - £403,805
The Blackhill’s Thriving project will allow the local community to reopen the Molendinar Community Centre, helping to tackle issue facing areas through focusing on education, employment and health. A café, gym and learning suite will be opened.
- The Galgael Trust - £243,182
The Trust’s Making Just Futures project will collaborate with people from Glasgow communities to co-produce a community curriculum of new and continuing learning experiences through which more than 440 people can reclaim skills, agency and their wellbeing, as well as meeting their needs for living well and sustainably.
- YoMo (Young Movers) - £365,426
The North Maryhill Tackling Poverty project utilises local place-based assets to develop a community pantry and a community cycle facility. Developing a arrange of local volunteering, employability, health and wellbeing services and reducing food poverty through democratic input from the local community within the regeneration area of Glenavon Maryhill.
Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “These cultural, educational, health, and social projects will benefit many people and communities across Glasgow. The local organisation and partnerships that will deliver these partnerships will work closely with our communities to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from this funding.”
In order to maximise the available budget and offer support to as many projects as possible, a slight overcommitment of £145,656 (2.4% greater than the overall £6m available) was recommended to - and accepted by - the council. It is anticipated that this over-commitment will be met through underspends identified in a number of projects as delivery progresses.