A £10,000 donation has spurred plans for an accessible activity space in Glasgow.
The Scottish Procurement Alliance’s (SPA) Community Benefit donation has allowed the Hawthorn Housing Co-operative (HHC) to progress plans for an outdoor play and fitness equipment areas for the Possilpark community.
Director of HHC, Colin Turnbull, said: “The SPA donation makes a massive difference to our community and the quality of their lives.
“Our community action group was formed as a result of the continued investment from the SPA in recent years and the local people have been best placed to decide on where the grant should be utilised. It has resulted in greater social value and an increased quality of life in the area
“One of our tenants has a son who uses a wheelchair, and she raised the issue with the action group about lack of disabled friendly play equipment. We have since learned from the Glasgow Disability Alliance that there is a real need for more accessible play equipment in Glasgow’s parks.
“The Group then decided to apply for further funding to incorporate outdoor fitness equipment as well so we could safeguard the health and well-being of both children and adults. The grant has been a tremendous help to us over the years, and will continue to play an important part in the development of our community.”
The Glasgow Disability Alliance [GDA], a disabled people-led organisation, has confirmed that the plan would provide a welcome step forward in making parks and green spaces accessible to all.
Community Development Coordinator of the GDA, Ruth Hart, said: “It is hugely important that disabled people of all ages can access and enjoy our parks and green spaces.
“We met with HHC to share our experience of a project to install accessible play equipment in a Glasgow park which had been stalled due to COVID. HHC’s commitment to including disabled people’s experiences and access needs from the beginning of their project is a great example for other community groups and organisations.”
The HHC have so far received a total of £40,000 from the SPA’s fund over the years, which have supported a number of other projects, including developing a vegetable patch (pictured) for the local community.