Priesthill & Househillwood
The Priesthill and Househillwood Thriving Place is on the south western edge of Glasgow, bordering Renfrewshire to the west, East Renfrewshire to the south,and Pollok Country Park to the northeast. It also includes much of Nitshill.
Thriving Places was introduced in Priesthill and Househillwood to help improve the quality of life of people who live and work here. The communities of Priesthill and Househillwood are already successfully working with partners through the Neighbourhood Forum and theme groups and this is something Locality Planning will continue to build on. There are many other local organisations which are part of Priesthill and Househillwood Thriving Place, including Priesthill and Househillwood Neighbourhood Forum, Greater Pollok Maintenance Scheme, 3 Hills Community Garden, Priesthill URC and Peat Road Hall, Sanctuary Housing, Rosehill Housing Association and Glasgow Housing Association, Jeely Piece Club, Homestart Glasgow South, SWAMP, Aberlour and Village Storytelling Centre, South West Community Cycles, and Cleeves Parent Council.
The Priesthill Househillwood Thriving Place engage local residents in various ways that includes; Community Breakfasts, Community Meals, Gala Days as well as a range of Weekly Activities that cater for all within the Community.
The Thriving Place Forum meets on a quarterly basis whilst established themed groups namely Activities for Children & Young People Group, Environmental & Community Safety Group, Food Support Group, Social Inclusion Group, Barrett Action Group and Friends of Househillwood Park Group meet on a monthly basis.
During 2018/19, progress has been made in Priesthill and Househillwood in connecting the community together and engaging with people who were previously isolated or not part of any community group. A focus has been placed on the beneficial impact of social events, supporting individuals and groups to develop and deliver 4 community meals on a different theme, and a range of fun events for people of all ages. These were well attended with over 400 people attending both the Halloween and Summer days events.
The community breakfast runs weekly and offers a simple, welcoming environment to anyone looking to meet new people or even just find out a bit more about what is happening in the local area. The breakfasts are run by volunteers from the community with minimal support from paid staff in the area. 40-60 people regularly attend the breakfasts.
A local person was supported to achieve his lifetime ambition of having a play that he had written performed locally. With support, he has successfully put on 2 plays in the area, once of which was used to heighten awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences and to begin local conversations about this topic.
A range of smaller projects have also been supported from cookery groups to a darts tournament.
In Autumn/Winter 2018, locality planning partners launched a new Action Plan. This follow the publication of the Locality Plan in August 2017, and states the progress that has already been made with regard to these commitments as well as what will be addressed in 2019.
This Action Plan can be viewed here: Action Plan [131kb]
The Priesthill/Househillwood Forum Minutes
This locality operates with a Forum structure, rather than the Steering Group structure adopted by many other localities. This is a resident led group which promotes positive partnership working between Statutory and Third Sector Agencies, Local Housing Associations, Elected Members and Residents.
The Priesthill/Househillwood Forum (a resident led forum with representation from across the area) was already operating and meeting monthly. Following on from the above consultations and subsequent discussions at the Priesthill Househillwood Forum, three thematic groups were established to take forward the priorities and promote positive partnership working between Statutory and Third Sector Agencies, Local Housing Associations, Elected Members and Residents.
The locality plan for Priesthill & Househillwood can be found here: Priesthill Househillwood Locality Plan [1Mb]