All In: Parkhead

 
The All in: For Parkhead event took place in Parkhead library on Saturday 5th July 2014. The aim of the day was to get together as a community and discuss what is good about the area, what we’d like to improve and importantly how we can work together to make the changes we want.  We had over 60 local people ranging in age from 13-80, with people really keen to share their views and to think of ways they can work together to improve where they live.
 
In the round table discussions we asked the questions; What’s great about Parkhead? What could be improved? How could we make the changes we want?
 
We made sure there other ways for people to give their views: questionnaires, videos of previous interviews,  talking walls and people were also encouraged to chat to ‘All in’ representatives on the day.
 
What we heard
The discussions were lively with everyone ready to have their say. Highlights of what was great about Parkhead were: the people, a strong local identify and the facilities in the area.
 
Top issues about what could be improved top issue included: littering and dog fouling, transport, the issue of people in poverty and use of derelict land. Suggested ways to make the changes happen included: create more opportunities to be involved, involve everyone as equals and ensure real actions grow from the event.
 
Next Steps and Actions 
 
The organising group now wants to focus on actions. We’ve decided to work on some of the issues brought up at the event and encourage the community to become more involved in making changes in their own area. We’ re organising local litter picks, with the first one being a Halloween themed family event.  We’re also working with the Dog’s Trust to provide education sessions on dog ownership to combat some of the fouling issues. We’ve identified a piece of vacant land that we hope to clear up and create a pop up community space. A local architect has donated some design time to us and is going to work with the community on how the space should look. We’re also looking at funding and ways we can make sure we involve as many community members as possible.
 
We’re having a ‘fish tea’ All in: For Parkhead feedback event on Wednesday 1st October 2014,  from 3.30pm to 6.30pm in Parkhead library.  We’re inviting local people to have their tea,  let them know what we’ve been doing since the event and how they can get involved.
 
To find out more about the feedback event or about the ‘All in: For Parkhead’ work contact martina@ghn.org.uk who can chat to you and introduce you to the local group who are taking the work forward. 

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