Bridgeton and Dalmarnock in Glasgow will be the first Children’s Neighbourhood in Scotland. It was chosen because of the existing work of Thriving Places in the area to build community capacity and recognise the people power and assets in the neighbourhood. The area historically has one of the highest levels of socioeconomic disadvantage in Glasgow and in Scotland, and there is a lot of opportunity to improve a wide range of outcomes for children and young people living in the neighbourhood.
Three local primary schools are grouping together to become the start of the new children’s neighbourhood: Dalmarnock Primary, Sacred Heart Primary, and (when it’s finished) the new primary school on Sunnybank Street.
What’s going on right now?
In Bridgeton and Dalmarnock we’re just getting started, so at the moment we’re gathering information from local children, young people and families about what they’d like to see happen in their area. At the same time we’re looking at statistics from the area and matching these up to what people say. We’re also talking with local organisations and groups about their work and their resources.
In the early Autumn, we’ll be bringing all of this together, along with the people involved. At that point we’ll be working out what the priorities are for a children’s neighbourhood to focus on, and how we might make changes to what’s happening at the moment to make those things happen.
So – we’d love to hear from you! If you live, work or are involved in something in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock that affects the community, please get in touch – there’s a box for your questions and comments here.