Foundation Scotland is delighted to announce that the Gorbals, Calton and Ruchhill & Possilpark will be its three partner communities in Glasgow. Selected from a pool of 31 across the city, these three communities each represent a distinct part of the city (north-east, north-west and south).
They will each be able to access dedicated funding and support to deliver long-lasting social change inspired by the Commonwealth Games.
Fourteen Scotland is supported by Spirit of 2012, a new charity established by the Big Lottery Fund. Spirit is investing £3.5m in 14 communities across the UK, inspired by XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The programme ‘Fourteen’ will be delivered through a grant of £3.5m from Spirit: £3m of this has been granted to UK Community Foundations to work with Foundation Scotland and Community Foundation Wales; £500,000 of this has been granted to Springboard to work with Strive NI to deliver the programme in Northern Ireland.
The communities in Glasgow are the first three to be announced. Each community will design and run a range of activities to increase participation levels in sport, arts and volunteering relevant to the needs of their community. Building on a diverse mix of informal and formal activities already happening in each area, it is hoped this will lead to a better connected, more inclusive community where people are more inspired and able to contribute to make a difference.
John Fury, Chair, ng homes added: “We would like to thank Spirit of Trust 2012 on behalf of the Possilpark and Ruchill Thriving Places sub-group for selecting us as one of the three communities in Glasgow to be chosen for this exciting opportunity. We look forward to working with the people of Ruchill and Possilpark, Spirit of Trust 2012 and Foundation Scotland to give them a real say in the decisions that affect their communities and create opportunities for them to get involved.”
Ian Reid Founder and Chief Executive of Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) said:
“Having lived in the immediate neighbourhood of Calton, I am well aware of the challenges which face the local community. The opportunity to address some of these inequalities is both timely and welcome and we look forward to working in partnership with others over the next 3 years and beyond. SSF’s experience of working in the East End of the City in recent years has highlighted the fact there is huge untapped potential in the City, which can produce outstanding results with “a wee bit of encouragement.” We hope we can provide that encouragement.”
Raymond Shannon, Chair of the New Gorbals Housing Association and lifelong Gorbals resident said “We, and all our community partners in the Gorbals, are thrilled to hear that we have been selected as one of the Fourteen Glasgow communities. This exiting initiative will help the community harness its assets to transform the live spirit of the 2014 Games into a vibrant legacy in the Gorbals. We can’t wait to get started.”
Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Foundation Scotland’s Head of Community Investment added: ‘We are looking forward to working with and learning from these three Glasgow communities. Each one has loads of experience and knowledge about what makes their community tick and provides an ideal platform and springboard to make a real difference. We want to ensure that is harnessed so more community members can benefit from really getting involved in a community initiative, however small it may appear to be.”
Spirit Chief Executive Debbie Lye commented: “Fourteen is a key component of our Spirit of Glasgow programme: a series of investments to enable communities to benefit from the values and opportunities around the legacy of Glasgow 2014. We will be supporting 14 communities across the UK and are excited to be announcing the first three in Glasgow – the home city of the Games. We believe that through participation, we can improve a person’s sense of well-being and consequentially, that of the community as a whole. Fourteen is one of our flagship programmes to demonstrate this vision”.
Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games and Sport Shona Robison remarked: “We are working to ensure a positive lasting legacy for Scotland following the greatest ever Commonwealth Games. The Spirit of Glasgow supports our legacy ambitions by enabling people in Glasgow and across the UK to benefit from the spirit, opportunities and values of the Games. In particular, these projects will further enhance community development in sport, culture or in volunteering to build more connected and inclusive communities where people can live healthier, more active lives.”