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Community Breakfasts are the toast of North Glasgow

 

People who work in North Glasgow have been meeting up at networking breakfasts organised by ng homes to see how they can work together for the benefit of the local community.

 

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The breakfast meetings provide an opportunity for community partners to meet face to face, and to learn directly from others about the different range of training programs and initiatives available in North Glasgow.   Those attending are a great mix of people from voluntary organisations, faith groups, public bodies, schools and colleges.

 

The breakfasts have been running over the last four months and they present an excellent opportunity for information sharing and they are especially useful for new staff working in the community.  In a relatively short period of time there have been some great examples of working together right across communities. 

 

There's no ham and eggs, but there's pastries, fruit and plenty of coffee. There’s no fee to attend - IT’S FREE! No need to RSVP, people just have to bring their appetite, interest and attention.

 

The format is ‘informal’ with two 10 minute slots set aside which is rotated around participants.  Following this it is on to ‘making connections’ and there is always a real buzz around as people start to mingle and follow opportunities through.

 

The breakfasts are held in ng homes’ new Enterprise Centre in Springburn and are organised by Regeneration Co-ordinator Margaret Layden who said: “It’s a chance to find out who works in North Glasgow, hear what other organisations are up to and get to know each other. We all share the same aim to make a positive impact to the lives of people in North Glasgow.  Having such a varied mix of organisations has been a key to its success.”

 

If you would like to attend the next community breakfast in North Glasgow please contact Margaret Layden on 0141 560 6000 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  If you send your request via email, please remember to include your name, job title, organisation name, and a phone number. If there’s a particular topic you would like to see presented at future breakfasts, then feel free to let Margaret know. 

 

The next community breakfast will take place on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in the Ron Davey Enterprise Centre, 10 Vulcan Street, Springburn, Glasgow G21 4BP

Kenna Rossine House Named After Local People

 

A NEWLY refurbished housing office in the heart of Possilpark has been named after two of ng homes long serving Board Members.

 

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Kenna Rossine House has been named after Pat Kenna and Bill Rossine, pictured seated above, who were both honoured when ng homes named their newly refurbished offices after them.

 

Pat is the current ng homes Chairperson and Bill has held all four office bearers positions over the years.

 

Pat said: “It was a great gesture by ng homes to name the new offices after myself and Bill. We are both thrilled to bits.”

Bill Rossine who is also a tireless charity fundraiser said: “I am delighted that ng homes have paid tribute to Pat and I in this way and I’d like to thank Cllr Kelly for his kind words.”

 

ng homes Vice Chairperson Frank Miller said: “Pat and Bill have both worked tirelessly for their communities over the years and they truly deserve this recognition today.”

 

The office in Possilpark was first opened to the public in 1996. Last year the Association more than doubled in size in terms of both houses and staff through a major stock transfer so the offices were refurbished to accommodate all ng homes new and existing employees. 

 

Ann Marie Devlin of ng homes said: “Kenna Rossine House provides a much more open and friendly public space for our customers as well as greatly improving the working conditions for all of our employees. I think everyone involved in this refurbishment have certainly made North Glasgow a great place to live and work.”

 

The front door of the office used to be located in Bardowie Street however following the changes it is now right on Saracen Cross at the heart of Possilpark.

ng homes are delighted with the refurbishment and would like to thank all those involved particularly the Murray Russell Partnership, Arka Design Studio, Morris and Spottiswood and Ewing Somerville Partnership.

Mary’s Delight as Fishwick House Officially Opened

 

A RESIDENTS area within a newly refurbished sheltered housing complex in Springburn has been renamed in honour of one of its longest serving residents, Mary Fishwick.

 

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Mary moved into her home almost 30 years ago and she said: “This is such a lovely surprise and it’s great that all my friends and neighbours are here today to help me celebrate.”

 

Fishwick House is situated within the Gourlay Street complex, one of five sheltered housing complexes run by ng homes and was officially opened by Vice Chairperson Frank Miller at a ceremony attended by Mary’s fellow residents and friends.

 

Frank said: “It’s great that we can honour Mary in this way. She’s lived here more or less since the complex was built so it made perfect sense to name the residents’ area after her - its residents like Mary that make sheltered housing a great place to live.”

 

Fellow residents and staff including Warden Jim Vernel (pictured) were delighted for Mary. Jim said: “It’s great to see Mary receiving this richly deserved honour.”

 

The complex benefitted from a £400,000 makeover earlier this year and the work has greatly improved access to the front and rear of the building.  Residents are enjoying the upgraded facilities which include new seating and a new kitchen area.  Bi-folding patio-doors have also been installed which give full access to a new ramp to the back-court area.

 

A new reception area and Warden's Office at the complex has been constructed at ground level which give residents better access to their Warden and they will soon be able to enjoy access to a new laundry area.

 

A second phase of work has started at the complex which will deliver environmental improvements to the backcourt areas.

Possil Beach is a Sizzling Summer Success

 

Sandcastles, paddling pools, ice cream, blow up palm trees and Punch ‘n Judy – add to that boys and girls of all ages from Possilpark and you’ve got Possil Beach! Check out some of the beach pictures in the Gallery below:

 

 

That’s right the beach came to town last week thanks to ng homes who installed 40 tons of golden sand on the red ash pitch at Possilpoint Community Centre with a little help from their colleagues at ng2.

 

It was fun for all the family whilst the youngsters took part in games on the beach, the parents and grandparents took the time to relax in the deckchairs and soak up some rare Glasgow sunshine.

 

Robert Tamburrini CEO of ng homes said: “This is what we want to see more of in Possilpark, the smiles on the faces of everyone makes it all worth the effort and we hope to bring the beach back next summer.


We would like to say a big thank you to staff from Glasgow Life, Depot Arts and also to Young People’s Futures who helped us make the beach a great success”

 

Chairperson of ng homes Pat Kenna said: “It was wonderful to see the children having fun at the beach; the sheer joy on their faces makes it all worthwhile. It’s amazing the memories these children will have of this summer and all thanks to just 40 tons of sand”.

 

Jeannie Lamont, Link Up Co-ordinator for Possilpark said: “The weather has been brilliant. We couldn’t have picked a better week to do this. One little girl told us it was “the best beach she’d ever been to”. Others said it was “brilliant but unbelievable”.  Some parents have actually said they felt chilled out and relaxed after their day at the beach.  I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out and it’s sparked the community’s imagination and made them realise more can be done in Possilpark”.

 


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