As Challenge Poverty Week is underway it is time for us all to reflect on this issue which continues to be a growing problem within Scotland.
A number of years ago ng homes signed a Charter to Challenge Poverty along with other Housing Associations, with the aim to take action on areas to alleviate the impact of poverty on people’s lives, opportunities and health and wellbeing.
Unfortunately too many people continue to be trapped in the cycle of poverty, making it crucial to keep this issue under the spotlight to examine ways to work with our communities for a more just society.
ng homes operate within the North Glasgow area, covering Springburn, Possilpark, Parkhouse and Balornock. We are members of Poverty Alliance and support their campaigns to help address the deep rooted issues associated with poverty.
Members of the Poverty Leadership Panel attended ng homes Community Networking Breakfast on 9th October to raise awareness of poverty issues and to speak to attendees about what actions are being taken by the members along with encouraging more community activists to join the panel.
Gerry Quinn, Poverty Leadership Manager (GCC) with Innocent Jakisa, Co-chair of PLP speaking at the Community Networking Breakfast at Saracen House, Possilpark
What are ng homes doing to tackle poverty?
At ng homes, we partner with Money Advisers from GEMAP who can assist tenants with claiming the correct benefits they are entitled to and help tenants budget better. This is a popular service in both our Springburn and Possilpark offices, and if you’re a tenant with ng homes and would like to make use of this service please speak to your Housing Officer who can arrange an appointment.
We run a furniture and furnishing redistribution centre where we receive donations of good quality furniture and give them to people who may be homeless or in hardship. Not only does this help those in need it saves furniture from going to landfill and has a big impact on our carbon footprint.
Regular Swap Shops are held in the community and are delivered by volunteers and supported by ng homes staff. This encourages the community to come together, swap any unwanted items in exchange for something else which might be more needed, and reduce items going to landfill.
Through our partnership with Fare Share we arrange a weekly uplift of food to be distributed to those in the community who find themselves in difficult circumstances. This service is accessed via tenant’s Housing Officer who will be able to assist.
Over the past two years we have been delivering Family Breakfast Clubs in Springburn and Possilpark. The Springburn Family Breakfast Club is in partnership with Salvation Army operating from their hall at 192 Fernbank Street from 8 a.m. Mondays – Fridays (except Tuesdays). The Possilpark Family Breakfast Club is run in partnership with Possobilities and operates from their venue at 74 Closeburn Street from 8 a.m.
We organise a variety of community meals and Welcome to the Community events which are a great way to meet people and find out about the many activities taking place and helpful services available in the area.
ng homes supports the key messages for Challenge Poverty Week.
Our Regeneration and Housing teams work closely together to support tenants and the wider community by signposting and providing food or furniture along with hosting free events for everyone to come along and join in.
If you are a ng homes tenant and feel like you need any advice or assistance, please speak to your Housing Officer who will be able to help.
If you’re interested in finding out more about any of our free events, please visit our website.