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ng homes Wins Award for Innovative Waste Improvement Plan

 

A Ground-breaking plan to improve how waste is dealt with in North Glasgow has been named Best Partnership Initiative at the Scottish Waste & Resources Awards.

 

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 The idea for the initiative came from ng homes who partnered with Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) who help deliver a range of support programmes, campaigns and other interventions to help people and organisations on the journey to Zero Waste.  ZWS agreed to fund the initiative and are now working together with ng homes on innovative ways to recycle and re-use waste materials in the North of the city along with Glasgow City Council, LRS Consultancy and the North Glasgow community.

 

Over the past couple of months around 300 local people have attended community events across North Glasgow which promote recycling and reuse.  Residents have identified areas of land that can be transformed through Glasgow City Council’s ‘stalled spaces’ programme and are developing growing spaces and participating in gardening clubs.

 

Some of the benefits of the Waste Improvement Plan include:

 

-          the introduction of new recycling hardware units

-          opportunities to export recyclable materials to other countries

-          promotion of the love food hate waste campaign

-          the installation of growing spaces in the community

-          training for local people on food growing

-          the introduction of recycling chutes in multi storey blocks

 

As the project develops, ng homes estimates that its recycling will increase to over 381 tonnes each year.  There are exciting plans for the future regarding recycling aimed at increasing training and employment opportunities and engaging with people of all ages.  This includes children of nursery and school age to encourage them to pick up good habits when it comes to recycling.

 

Chairperson of ng homes John Fury said: “The benefits of this initiative can already be seen with ng homes and ng2 staff working together with local families to carry out community clean-ups and taking pride in their environment. It’s great for ng homes and the movement as a whole to be at the forefront of recycling.  I’m thrilled that this highly innovative partnership has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management.”

 

John Devine, Head of Regeneration for ng homes said: “We are delighted to have won this award; we believe that our Waste Improvement Plan is the first of its kind in Scotland as it’s a clear partnership between ng homes, GCC and Zero Waste Scotland who are sharing experience and expertise to get to grips with the issues at grassroots levels.”

 

Robert Tamburrini, CEO of ng homes said: “This initiative is a fantastic way to get local families contributing to Zero Waste in North Glasgow.  Getting the buy-in from kids at the earliest age is critical to the success of the initiative now and in the future.  John Devine, Head of Regeneration has led on this innovative project and done a brilliant job.  This award recognises John and his team’s hard work. The ng homes board deserves credit too for having the foresight to commit to the project which in turn sits nicely with our vision of a New North Glasgow. Although at an early stage, it’s clear that this type of partnership could work well throughout Scotland.”

 

 

Safer Possil Initiative

 

ng homes have been working in partnership with Strathclyde Police to tackle Anti Social Behaviour in the Possilpark Area.

 

The initative started on 11th June 2012 and a dedicated team of police have been provided to Possilpark as well as the existing Community Police and Response Police already covering the area.

 

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Police Officers and ng homes staff have been visiting offenders at home and since the initative started, have carried out more than 100 joint visits. At the visits, tenants are advised that ng homes and Strathclyde Police are taking a zero tolerance approach to this type of behaviour and that if they or any members of their household engage in any form of Anti Social Behaviour - this can have an impact on their tenancy.

 

This type of approach has proved to be very successful in dealing with Anti Social Behaviour and some tenants have noted a marked improvement in the Possilpark Area as a result of the partnership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitors from Copenhagen Enjoy Wonderful Wonderful Glasgow Hospitality

 

AROUND 50 visitors from Copenhagen visited North Glasgow this week as part of a study visit organised by the Danish Social Landlord KAB.

 

ng homes laid on an open-top bus which picked everyone up from one of Glasgow’s most famous streets: Sauchiehall Street.  From there the visitors went on a tour of ng homes housing stock before stopping off at Tron St Mary’s Church in Red Road.  There, they were met by a piper and enjoyed a Scottish jig before being welcomed to North Glasgow by ng homes Chief Executive Robert Tamburrini.

 

 

Robert was delighted to welcome the group from Copenhagen and said: “We are so pleased that KAB wanted to come and see our homes and the projects that we are involved in here in North Glasgow.  The group were a delight to talk to and I know from the smiles on their faces that they enjoyed our Scottish hospitality.”

 

Margaret Layden of ng homes explains how the visit came about: “Each month in our enterprise centre we hold a community networking breakfast where people who work in the community can come along and share ideas and best practice and it was from this that we heard KAB were planning a trip to Glasgow.”

 

The tour included stops at Alive and Kicking in Red Road where they heard about the crucial services that the project provides for people aged 60 and over.  Then it was onto Possilpoint Community Centre to hear about a Link-Up project based around a pop-up map on which people can share stories and memories about their community and build up a unique picture of Possilpark. 

 

The group also heard from ng homes Head of Regeneration John Devine on Social Enterprise company ng2.  Before they left North Glasgow there was just enough time for a question and answer session with ng homes board member Bill Rossine.  Bill said: “I’m delighted that so many people have come from Copenhagen to see and hear about the work we do in North Glasgow.  It was good to share my experience about my role with ng homes and also my passion for volunteering.”

 

KAB is a Danish Co-operative Social Housing Association who provide good affordable homes and are committed to improving the living conditions of their residents. KAB manage more than 50,000 homes in the greater Copenhagen area.

 

At the end of the tour the group presented ng homes with four books about housing in Denmark and Hanne Muller from KAB thanked ng homes for arranging such an interesting study visit.  She said: “For the majority of our group it was their first visit to Glasgow and they were really impressed by the variety of housing stock and the ng homes investment programme. 

 

Per Saurby, Boligsocial Ko-ordinator said: “It was great to see such a variety of projects that are being delivered physically, socially and economically and we will certainly leave North Glasgow with a lot to think about.  We were also delighted with the very warm welcome we received from ng homes staff and we really enjoyed our shortbread and the bagpipes!”

 

 

Green Clean Fun for all the Family at Balgrayhill

 

OVER 100 parents and children had a great time at a local eco-event held at Balgrayhill Community Hall in North Glasgow organised by a group of parents with the support of ng homes.

 

The focus of the day was caring for the environment and it started off with an organised clean up by families who have joined up as Neighbourhood Improvement Volunteers with Clean Glasgow.  They were helped out by ng homes concierge staff and between them they cleared the area of litter. 

 

The environmental theme carried on as children enjoyed a puppet show about litter called STOP DON’T DROP performed by Talking Heads Puppets.  The youngsters really enjoyed the show which reinforced the message about keeping their community clean.

 

After the clean-up everyone moved on to see Dr Bike – who gave health checks to the kids’ bikes to make sure that they were safe on the roads.   Road safety was also emphasised by the Road Safety team from Glasgow City Council who were on hand with their Brake Reaction Tester to raise general awareness and to challenge people to think before they cross the road.

 

Everyone then got involved in art and activity workshops and participated in a consultation exercise aimed at bringing more sports activities into the area.  Margaret Layden, Regeneration Co-ordinator for ng homes said: “All in all it was a great day out and we would like to say a big, big thank you to all of the parents, children, staff and partner organisations who helped us to put on such a great event in North Glasgow.”

 

The Balgrayhill Community Centre is currently undergoing refurbishment work and there are further community activities planned for its relaunch on 11th October 2012.

 

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