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Spirit of Gorbals

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Latest Newsletter - Winter 2017

Over the last 6 months Spirit of the Gorbals have been busy promoting and encouraging Spark grant applications from individuals and groups of citizens in the Gorbals. Spark grants are designed to release small amounts of kickstart funding to support local people to run projects and activities that benefit others. In an attempt to reach out and encourage participation from more members of the community, the Panel planned and organised two events during the autumn in 2016 - the Gorbals Games and the Great Gorbals Giveaway. The events were a way to connect with new people, promote and advertise Spirit of the Gorbals and also to devolve decision making power to the wider community.  Read more.....


Annual Report 2016

See below for a snapshot of some of the groups who have benefitted from Spirit of Gorbals


A grant allowed the purchase a giant chess set to play “Topple the King” with different groups, in particular children in the area.
“The launch event for Topple the King captured the power of chess to unite people of different ages and backgrounds. Its great fun for the kids and really brings chess to life”




Book BugOn Your Marks

Book bug in partnership with bring Bridging the gap received funding to run a free community Christmas event for local families with children under 5 years old.

“The event brought the whole community together, the nurseries had a lot of the parents with them who stayed and joined in. It was a great opportunity for the children to mix and play with one another. “



KickStartSouthern Necropolis

Southern Necropolis Action Group received funding to work with senior pupils from Blackfriars and St Francis Primary Schools and Gorbals Youth Club to learn a dance routine and perform the Thriller Dance routine at the Halloween ball in St Francis Centre and in 2 other locations in the Gorbals as a flash mob.

“There was a huge community turnout and support for the whole event, everyone was commenting on how good a family event it was and children are wanting to find out how they can take part in future events and classes.”


Case Studies

FASS Celebrates 30th Anniversary

FASSNearly 200 people enjoyed a family fun day in the Gorbals, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Family Addiction Support Services (FASS).  The event brought together a wide range of community members, including families, local residents and the local nursery school, many of whom were unware of FASS and the work it does in the community. 

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