Barrhead Housing Associaiton has been involved in a wide range of community regeneration activities over the years – from our various art led workshops helping those with a mental health issue and young people, help to get disabled people employment experience working with Haven of Hillington, through to our Credit Munch healthy eating project, and our young people’s mentoring project to name but a few. We also offer our sheltered housing residents assistance with computer skills, and activity classes to keep our residents fit and active working with Active Communities from Paisley.
Craft Café at our sheltered housing complex kicks off on Wednesday 29nd October 2014 with a weekly workshop – in collaboration with Impact Arts and with contributions from East Renfrewshire Council we are delighted to receive funding from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities fund to run a series of workshops aimed at older people. The workshops will run until March 2015. We have applied for funding for 2015/16.
Creative Pathways Plus Employability Project for young local people, aged 16-25. From June 2015, the second year programme commenced with 15 young people engaged in this training programme. The first of two block programmes got underway for local young people in partnership with Impact Arts: up to 15 young people can take part in the second programme which will start around November 2015 – please contact us directly for more information.
Creative Pathways workshops – working in partnership with Impact Arts, a Glasgow based community arts company, West college Scotland and East Renfrewshire, we are currently providing workshops at East Renfrewshire-Voluntary Action’s office at Undercover, Kelburn Street, Barrhead. This project is aimed at local young people aged 16-25 years and will introduce them to a wide variety of creative skills – basics of interior design, revamp furniture, make accessories for your home and be part of a room makeover. The first workshop programme finished in October 2014 with a celebration of achievements at the Barrhead Museum on 6th November 2014. The second 18-week workshop programme ran from November 2014 to March 2015 for up to 15 people.
Big Lottery Life Transitions Fund
We have submitted a Stage 1 application to the Big Lottery under the ‘prevention of debt’ funding stream – this would provide support to tenants to prevent the escalation into debt – providing advice and information on debt and welfare benefits, on affordable credit options, on financial budgeting and money management. We hope to hear more from the Big Lottery in April 2015 and if successful, a stage 2 application will be progressed.