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Barmulloch Community Futures 2016-2021
At its formation the Company inherited premises built in 1955, which consisted of a large hall and a small office space. The Hall had existing tenants and the frequency of their attendance meant the Company could not introduce a suitable range of community development services. A later move to the former church hall – a large hall and a meeting room - further complicated matters when the social activities of two premises had to be accommodated.
The new Barmulloch Residents Centre, together with other premises now available, will enable BCDC to expand activities and services. Our Five Year Plan reflects our intentions.
Key Activity Areas for the Company will be:
More detail of these key activity areas can be found below.EMPLOYMENT
The Company will liaise with the Department of Work and Pensions to mount a range of employability preparation and training programmes, designed for a community where unemployment has affected a large number of families for many years.
Programmes will include:
The Barmulloch area has a high placing on the Scottish Government Index of Multiple Deprivation. Inevitably this impacts on local residents in a negative way. BCDC will deliver services to encourage social interaction and personal development to create a feel good factor and a greater pride of place.
The following activity list for 2016/2021 includes some existing BCDC services
C in the Park (Summer Gala)
Following past successes in improving Robroyston Park facilities, i.e Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA), Chidrens Playpark and featured entrances, the Company will lead efforts to install an all weather events/performance area, allotments, cycle facilities, exercise stations, picnic areas and develop sports facilities in the vicinity of the MUGA.
BCDC will continue make facilities available to hire for family parties and occasions.CREATIVITY AND ENTERPRISE
BCDC wish to provide suitable environments where local people can realize and release hidden talents. Producing, creating, innovating, achieving, all can provide the stimulus to encourage people to react in a way that might benefit their social, welfare and economic situation.
Over the next five years BCDC will deliver the following activities, to cover all age groups.
Local History Group
BCDC wish to build on past successes with primary school age Youth Clubs and Football Teams to engage with young people from 11 to 19 years of age. The Company Board recognise how difficult this could be, and plan to offer a series of challenging activities to attract participants. A progressive pattern of challenges and achievements from pre high school age will be established with the intention of building up a commitment to self improvement through the transition to adulthood and its many diversions.
Activities will include:
Many factors contributory to good health and well being are included in other sections of our Community Futures 2016/2021, but the importance of the subject matter to our community warrants special attention. The Barmulloch area has some of the worst health statistics in Glasgow. Possibly, in consequence, it also has the lowest car ownership rate in the City and has unenviable rates of drug and alcohol abuse.
Improvements in fitness levels, health awareness, eating habits and self esteem are still required, despite the considerable efforts Government, Council and agencies. BCDC see themselves as a local reference point for people needing help and guidance, and will provide the following services:
Drop-in Information Point
Educational attainment is not high, despite the existence of good schools and nearby Further Educational Centres. Doubtless the decrease of job opportunities has discouraged ambition and commitment. BCDC will work in partnership with Kelvin College to provide appropriate courses and programmes on an outreach basis.
Facilities offered will include;
Fully equipped IT suite
Promotion of sporting activities for all age ranges is considered a crucial development theme by BCDC Directors. Their main hope is to maximise participation, with attainment of excellence a secondary concern. The Multi Use Games Arena (MUGA), sponsored by Barclays Football Foundation is an ideal outdoor base, adjacent to BCDC’s premises.
Intentions are to introduce the following;
Outdoor Circuit Training
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