Long history of wider activity by CCHAs “The association has never seen itself as just a housing organisation. We knew that doing up the houses was not enough – there needed to be improvements in the economic and social opportunities for people in the area”.
Not systematically measured Overall scale not clear GWSF has now commissioned this research This research builds on the companion research into supporting older people (2012)
Really strong focus on community-led regeneration; empowerment and community anchors ‘ The Scottish Government is clear that the involvement of local people in public sector led activity is not community led regeneration.’
Mainly focused on public sector led activity So need to have a different discussion about community led regeneration
Every association had some involvement in wider activities – most were involved on a huge range of activities 97% supported employment and training initiatives 97% promoted financial inclusion 95% undertook neighbourhood management 94% provided community services 88% provided services for older people 85% actively promoted volunteering in the community 81% played a role as ‘community anchors’
81% of associations worked with other CCHAs to develop and deliver their wider role CCHAs estimated that on average wider activities made up 12% of their total activity (range from 1% to 40%) 67% of CCHAs said that they were likely to be more involved in wider activities in the future
We estimate that each year CCHAs provide: Over 1,000 training opportunities (300 apprenticeships) 100 people into sustainable employment Welfare advice to 25,000 people Energy advice to 9,000 people Community halls with 55,000 users Sports initiatives with 25,000 users Health and wellbeing projects for 6,000 people Diversionary activities for 7,000 young people Over 1,700 older people attending lunch clubs
17 CCHAs volunteered to be case studies 8 selected – different areas and different activities
Cadder – Work experience and apprenticeships Govanhill – Employment/environment (Roma people) Milnbank – Schools and employability
Cassiltoun – Castlemilk Park Ferguslie Park – Tannahill Centre Ardenglen - Volunteering
Generally positive – CCHAs were seen to: be authentic, credible organisations have significant local assets provide local governance and empowerment bring local knowledge be innovative provide local leadership
But some negatives: the large number of CCHAs can make communication difficult some partner organisations were not aware of the wider activities undertaken by CCHAs CCHAS did not have a ‘single voice’ CCHAs had not been well engaged in community planning
The sheer scale and variety of activities surprised me Need to gather consistent output and outcomes information regularly across CCHAs CCHAs focus on prevention and early intervention – leading to significantly reduced pressure on public sector bodies CCHAs operate in the most deprived areas of the west of Scotland – increasing wellbeing and improving outcomes for residents
Discussion with Scottish Government based on this research There is a need to get better at measuring (and promoting) the impact of wider action Take opportunities to become involved in community planning Establish effective methods to learn from each other and to collaborate Keep doing good work!
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