Easterhouse Locality Plan
Easterhouse is located around 6 miles east of the city centre. 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 Bishoplochand.
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. This 10-year plan 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.
During 2018/19 the organisations involved in Thriving Places in Easterhouse worked together to deliver a range of activities, including:
- A Community Safety Consultation with local people was carried out. A range of work was undertaken following this including fixed penalty notices issued for dog fouling and littering; CCTV patrols deployed; assisting local schools and nurseries to carry out clean ups; local park areas de-littered and fly tipping removed.
- Winterfest 2018 took place in The Lochs shopping centre in Easterhouse. This included community stalls; cooking demos; festive arts activities and a visit from Santa with a small gift. Feedback from the event was very positive.
- 10,000 copies of Easterhouse Today, a community newspaper was printed and distributed locally. The purpose of the newspaper is to signpost activities within the area and raise the profile of the area. The paper was co-produced with local young people.
How You Can Get Involved
If you are looking for information about what you can get involved with in Easterhouse get in touch with your Community Connector Donna McGill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Papers for Steering Group
The full locality plan for Easterhouse can be found here Easterhouse Locality Plan [1Mb]