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Community Spirit is Alive and Kicking in Ruchill and Possilpark

01 July 2016

The communities of Ruchill and Possilpark came together on Saturday evening (25th June) for a unique celebration - “Spark in the Park”. Organised by Spirit of Ruchill/Possilpark Panel members, residents were invited to come along have a meal, enjoy some entertainment and listen to six fellow residents make a pitch for funding to help kick-start a local project or activity. The evening culminated in a vote for the best idea. Funding was generated from ticket sales and matched by a grant from the Spirit of Ruchill & Possilpark.

Ruchill Connect/Sing a community choir were the people’s choice and walked away with a £1000 cheque to enable the choir to run more singing sessions with more people in the coming months.

The other projects; Hamiltonhill Family picnic area and barbeque, Hawthorn, Ready Steady Cook, Busy Bees, Sense and Women Aloud didn’t walk away empty handed and each received a cheque for £500.

Darren Gorman Spirit of Ruchill & Possilpark Panel Member said "Having 250 people from Ruchill and Possilpark, gathered in a marquee for a community budgeting event, seemed a long shot in the early stages of planning. However, throw in some freshly cooked food and some live music with a sing song (all from local residents) and we were almost turning people away.

It was a night when two neighbouring communities united to support grass roots, community-led activity. With the decision to grant all of the projects some funds, no-one left the marquee disappointed which created even more positivity and hopefully, more inspiration within the communities for the next event"

Rachel Searle-Mbullu, Head of Community Investment at Foundation Scotland commented, “The turnout on Saturday was fantastic. Each group shared some great ideas and each will provide more opportunities for people to connect, share skills, learn new ones, build friendships and have fun and the Panel are delighted that all projects will be supported.”

Spirit of Ruchill and Possilpark is one of three Glasgow communities involved in the Spirit of 2012 Trust’s Fourteen programme being delivered in Scotland by Foundation Scotland. To mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games each community was awarded up to £250K from Olympic legacy funds to design and run a range of activities to increase participation levels in sport, arts, volunteering and youth development relevant to the needs of their community.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games was not only a major sporting event, they also offered the chance to achieve a lasting and positive legacy for the whole of Scotland. Spirit of 2012’s Fourteen programme aims to sustain this positivity, by empowering people to get out in their local area, to be involved and to take an active part in their own community funding. Fourteen continues to build on the legacy of Glasgow 2014 beyond the games itself.
Spirit of 2012’s Chief Executive, Debbie Lye, added: “Spark in the Park illustrates brilliantly how Spirit of 2012’s funding reaches the people who will most value its potential to make a difference. An event like this is the embodiment of ‘community-led’ and it’s fantastic that so many people turned out to make decisions that will benefit their own communities. That is what our Fourteen Programme is all about.”

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