This two-year project was the expansion of work with adults with additional support needs which provided two all-day sessions per week for participants who predominantly came from Easthall, Kildermorie in the North East of Glasgow.

A woman hands a cone to a man in a wheelchair while another woman looks on

Easthall Residents Association in Glasgow has received funding three times from People’s Health Trust using money raised through The Health Lottery over a period of eight years. An investment totalling £122,769 has been used to support people from some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Scotland through a programme of activities chosen by its members.

In this latest project a variety of activities was provided, which included: arts and crafts, health and beauty, cooking (including a SQA level in hygiene), music therapy (percussion and instrument tuition), sports, physical activity, gardening, games consoles, IT and a lunch club.

This project encouraged participants to come together, socialise, make new friends, sample new activities and develop new skills. A group of participants, carers, volunteers and staff steered and shaped the project.

As well as forming social connections the project has enabled people to try new activities that they wouldn’t have been able to access elsewhere. It has also helped people participants grow in confidence and some have gone on to become project volunteers. Participants have also formed connections with the wider community as they have become more confident and engaged with other community action.

Community projects like ours go beyond what statutory services do. We use expertise, life experience and motivation from the community and make it a better and more inclusive place to live, work and play.

Andy Gilbert

Project Co-ordinator

Funded by People’s Health Trust using money raised by Health Lottery Scotland