Bridgeton and Dalmarnock

In 2018, the communities of Bridgeton and Dalmarnock formed the first Children’s Neighbourhood site 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 Neighbourhood

Bridgeton and Dalmarnock

Bridgeton and Dalmarnock are neighbouring communities in the north east of Glasgow. They have a combined population of around 7,500 people, of which just over 1,300 are under 15 years of age.

These communities historically have some of the most concentrated levels of socioeconomic disadvantage in Scotland, and therefore demonstrate real potential for growth and development.

The investment and subsequent action and activity in this area has focused on improving a wide range of outcomes for these communities. Much of this has centred on children, young people and their families.

In addition to key statutory public services, there are also a number of long-standing and highly-valued third sector organisations offering a range of services to these communities, and they often work closely in partnership with one another:

There are four schools in the local area: Dalmarnock PS, Sacred Heart PS, Riverbank PS, and St Mungo’s Academy. The community of Dalmarnock, along with Parkhead and Calmachie, is also one of Glasgow’s designated Thriving Places.

For a comprehensive overview of health and wellbeing in these communities, please see the neighbourhood profiles via the Understanding Glasgow website.

What’s happening?

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.

Looking Ahead

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.

Get in touch!

Each Children’s Neighbourhood site has a ‘Local Coordinator’ based in the community.

They’re your first point of contact for CNS in the area. They can help you connect with local organisations, their activities and their services.

Our Local Coordinator for Bridgeton and Dalmarnock is Elaine Feeney. Elaine has been working hard to facilitate collaboration with local organisations, families, children and young people, while also aligning efforts which support change.