What is Thriving Places?
Easterhouse Thriving Places covers the area that runs up to the city boundary line in the North and the M8 to the South. This takes in Provanhall, Blairtummock, Easterhouse, Rogerfield, Lochend, Gartloch, Kildermorie, Commonhead and Bishoploch.
Thriving Places was introduced in Easterhouse in 2016 to help improve the quality of life of people who live and work here. This can mean trying to improve health and wellbeing, community safety, education, employment, income, housing, the local environment or access to services. It can also mean encouraging local involvement in decision making. There is a link at the bottom of the page for the 10-year plan – this will tell you more about what Thriving Places is doing in Easterhouse.
A new Community Connector, Donna McGill, started work in Easterhouse in April 2019. Donna works for Glasgow Kelvin College and grew up in the local area. During her first couple of months, Donna met with people from more than 80 different organisations and services to learn what was happening in the local area.
Donna also spoke with local people who were not involved in existing community groups or organisations. One of the ways she did this was through Facebook. Between April 2019 and March 2020, the Thriving Places Easterhouse Facebook page grew by 500 people, giving local residents information about events, jobs, local services and businesses, the Community Council, local initiatives, free/low cost activities for local people, local councillors and MP’s surgeries and local good news stories.
The local projects and services promoted included litter-picking, cycling, recycling, health, food-growing and foodbanks, as well as raising awareness of issues such as domestic violence, suicide, homelessness and addiction.
New projects arose from the Facebook page. For example, ten local people come together to learn how to cook healthy food for an initial six-week programme. The project was also supported by Beth Parker, a student in Community Development at the University of Glasgow. The group continued to meet after the initial six-week programme to learn new skills and get involved in shaping the refreshed locality plan.
The Community Connector attended all gala days and events in Easterhouse between April 2019 and March 2020, having in-depth conversations with local people about changes they would like to see locally. People shared concerns about affordable access to healthy food, littering and fly-tipping, improvements to the local shopping centre, safety at night (particularly for older people) and more things for young people to do locally.
Community groups were also visited by Donna, to encourage people to get involved in changing the local area. The groups included the FARE lunch club, the knitting group at Platform, Platform Singers, the Sunday Social and the Phoenix women’s group.
Throughout the year Donna worked with partner organisations such as FARE, Phoenix, Connect Community Trust, Platform, The Pavillion, Community Links practitioners and many others. For example, she helped FARE run their young enterprise “pop-up” coffee mornings and co-delivered a session on mental health to a class of 5th and 6th year pupils at Lochend Community High School. Also, Donna worked with Glasgow Community Energy to recruit local volunteers to repair fencing and improve grounds in the local nursery. Six residents from Eskdale House volunteered with the project, painting and repairing some fencing and tidying up some raised growing beds. This helped to improve the outside area of the nursery and create a more positive reputation for Eskdale House amongst local people.
Twice-weekly drop-in sessions for local people were held in a unit in the Lochs Shopping Centre over a three-month period. Forty people came into the unit during this time. However, the unit had to be closed due to a leak and further required repairs.
A large-scale community breakfast had been arranged for March 2020. This was to give local residents the chance to meet each other, find out more about local organisations and services and potentially get actively involved in refreshing the locality plan. However, due to the spread of Covid-19, the breakfast had to be cancelled.
How can I get involved?
Thriving Places is an opportunity for the people of Easterhouse to come together and make positive changes in the community, to make the neighbourhood a Thriving Place. If you want to get involved have a chat with the community connector and contribute your views to local community consultations.
Your Community Connector is Donna McGill and her contact details are at the bottom of this page.
We ask the following questions:
• What do you like about where you live?
• What would you change?
• How would you like to be involved?
Community projects and initiatives
Organising a litter pick? Planting flowers in the park? Starting a parent and baby playgroup? Your knitting group wants to create a display in the park? If you have an idea for an activity or a project that could improve your local neighbourhood please get in touch. We would be delighted to talk about it and see if there is any support that can help to make your idea a reality.
Donna McGill is the Community Connector for
Easterhouse Thriving Places and is eager to speak to people who live in the
area, to find out what local people feel are the best aspects of living here
and the things which people feel need to change. Please contact Donna on
The full locality plan for Easterhouse can be found here Easterhouse Locality Plan [1Mb]