Thriving Places is coming to the end of its first year in Easterhouse. It was introduced to help existing services work better with each other and with communities to address the local challenges mentioned earlier in this plan. The Community Organiser also helps local people set up groups, with the help of other community engagement workers in the area. For example, the Easterhouse Residents Group was set up to get people involved in the delivery of Thriving Places in the local area. Below is progress on the three aims we agreed for the first year of work.
Strengthening Local Community Groups
The Community Organiser has helped people get involved in local formal structures and consultations on proposed changes in their community. The Easterhouse Residents Group was set up in October 2016 and has met six times to date. The consultation on Shandwick Square Shopping Centre and surrounding area involved a large number of local people, with feedback events planned for August this year. There have been several partner events in the local area to promote Thriving Places, including the Winterfest programme to promote Thriving Places and encourage more people into the shopping centre.
Local Services Working with Local People
A local partnership working group was set up in July 2016 to help services work together with local people and share ideas and resources to support local work.
Setting Up Community Groups
Family Meal and Homework Clubs have been established in Sunnyside Primary and St Benedict’s Primary School with the focus on bringing families together for a meal and building relationships with local people. FARE has supported a summer programme for 100 local children, supporting parents with the cost of the school holidays by offering activities and lunch in partnership with the Community Organiser, Education Services, FUSE Youth Café and Health Improvement.
‘I would like to see Easterhouse continue to grow and all the communities in the Greater Easterhouse area combine to support the area that they live in.’ - Local Resident
What We Are Going to Do in Easterhouse Thriving Place
The table below sets out what we are going to try and achieve up until 2026. This is just a brief summary of the work we aim to do – as more people get involved we will set new goals and try to achieve more. This is a living plan, so it should change as local people work with us to identify new needs and new ways of working.
The Thriving Places partners will:
- publish this plan and tell as many people as we reasonably can about it;
- use the most appropriate methods to engage widely with local people from diverse backgrounds;
- use a range of methods to engage with and support specific local people affected by local challenges;
- empower local people to decide which local projects get funded through Community Budgeting where project ideas are voted on by local people;
- support local people to get involved in decisions about the services in the area, to find out about opportunities to be involved in delivering their own services and to engage with local elected representatives and planning officers to make sure their views are heard;
- support local people to become more involved in community life in Easterhouse through a variety of means so that residents are represented and working alongside services in delivering the Locality Plan
- involve local people in reviewing this plan to make sure we do more of what is working well and change what isn’t working well
- develop the Pathfinder website to include a wider range of services and activities in the area
The Thriving Places partners will have reviewed and refined the plan annually over the next three years, and it’ll be something local people are aware of, and own.
Within three years:
- the Easterhouse Thriving Places Steering Group will be made up of as many local people as service officers and elected representatives, ensuring that the diversity of local communities is represented;
- more people will o be involved in more community groups, projects and services; o be aware of support that is available to them;
- be involved in learning programmes;
- come to community breakfasts;
- feel safe in their local area;
- be able to get about within the area and in and out of the City centre; and
- engage in voluntary activity
Within ten years:
- the people who live in Easterhouse will:
- be able to get involved in local decision making;
- feel better connected to each other and elsewhere in Glasgow and Scotland;
- feel that they live in supportive, active and powerful communities;
- feel confident that services will work with them; o be better off in terms of employment, health, safety and education;
- services and activities in the area will be:
- led, developed and delivered by the local community working with and managing services;
- be more about preventing problems than fixing what could have been prevented;
- based on knowing what works well for local people, avoiding what doesn’t, learning from mistakes and learning from community experts (the people who live in Easterhouse