In the early months of the neighbourhood’s formation, conversations and asset-mapping activities were held with local people, and over 30 public and third sector organisations working in the neighbourhood.
This provided our Local Coordinator with a good understanding of the local area, and where CNS activity would be best focused. It also helped to establish relationships with local organisations, the community, and its children and young people.
The CNS team completed Capabilities research with both Dalmarnock Primary School and Sacred Heart Primary School. We use the Capabilities approach to enable groups to articulate goals, barriers and enablers to wellbeing:
Impact of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown has had a massive impact on children, young people and families in Bridgeton and Dalmarnock. It has also impacted the way services are provided by schools, and third and public sector organisations.
During the initial lockdown, our Local Coordinator began facilitating a local third sector forum. This digital space has allowed CNS to build and maintain relationships with local groups despite the current context. The forum plays a vital role in helping partnership projects continue in response to the ongoing pandemic.
Such projects have focused on mental health and wellbeing, improving provision for home-schooling, as well as enhancing support for refugee and migrant families.
Emergency food provision has been a key focus since March 2020, but there’s also a need to continue supporting wellbeing in communities – especially in terms of mental health and social isolation.
For now, our Local Coordinator will keep driving the collaborative forum as we move through the pandemic, supporting partners with projects that are informed and influenced by children, young people and families each step of the way.