Drumchapel is a post war social housing scheme built to tackle inner city overcrowding in the 1950s. It’s situated north-west of Glasgow, towards the western boundary of Glasgow City Council local authority area.
Drumchapel shares boundaries with Yoker and Knightswood which sit within the same local authority, but it also shares a boundary with Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire, and Bearsden in East Dunbartonshire.
Garscadden Woodland surrounds part of the area offering almost 5 miles of woodland space and nature reserves, and subsequently 93% of children in the area live within 400 metres of green space.
Designed to house around 34,000 people, the population of Drumchapel now sits at approx. 13,000.
Extensive redevelopment in the area has resulted in an area, once consisting of mostly tenement and high rise flats, now having a majority of own door flats or semi detached housing suitable for families.
There are a number of long-standing and highly-valued organisations offering a number of services to this community. Drumchapel is well served by third sector organisations in the community and has a strong ethos of partnership working. Drumchapel is directly served by five primary schools and one secondary.
Iain Corbett started working in the Drumchapel community as CNS Local Coordinator in September 2020. Although working remotely, Iain engaged with a wide range of local partners and charities.
He was invited to join the Drumchapel Early Years Network (DEYN). The network’s activity was paused during the pandemic. As meetings restarted, an opportunity arose to share learning and reprioritise its aims. Iain has subsequently worked with network members and a new action plan has been developed.
Iain has also been working with community organisations to support local people in accessing the new North West Community Pantry.
Iain’s work has also seen him collaborate with children and young people in Langfaulds Primary School and the G15 Youth Project. This work will continue to grow and develop with different groups through the Capabilities Research and sessions on community activism.
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Each Children’s Neighbourhood site has a ‘Local Coordinator’ based in the community. They are the visible expression of CNS in the area – facilitating collaboration with local organisations, families, children and young people, while aligning efforts to support change.
Your Local Coordinator for Drumchapel is Iain Corbett.