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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

A New Partnership for Camlachie

Our work in Barrowfield in Glasgow has taken a fascinating turn since organising a fact finding trip to Derry.  Learning from the community mediation in Ireland has resulted in the ground breaking 'Camlachie Partnership' bringing local residents, politicians and support agencies together to tackle the issues facing a community living next to Celtic Park and the new Commonwealth Games Velodrome.

Since being commissioned to produce a community masterplan for this community with our partners EKOS Consulting, we have had a nagging doubt that physical led regeneration is the answer to this area of Barrowfield in Glasgow.  With some of the highest depreviation figures to be seen in Europe, this community lives with very basic challenges every day.  The fantastic investment in the housing stock by lead partner, the West of Scotland Housing Association has lifted the area and given folk fantatstic new homes.  The Camlachie Partnership aims to build on this and give local residents access to so many more opportunities.

Strathclyde Police Force Violence Reduction Unit, Clyde Gateway, Celtic Football Club, Faith in Community Scotland, Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Regeneration Agency, John Wheatley College, City Councillors and the MSP are just some of the individuals and support organisations who are backing the new Camlachie Partnership.  After three excellent meetings 2012 will see the formation of the Camlachie Partnership and a work plan covering youth initiatives, violence reduction, training projects, health and wellbeing work alongside the physical regeneration of gap sites around the estate.  The Camlachie Community Group are joint chairs of the new Partnership and will be working directly with the support agencies on 6 working groups leading different aspects of the new Partnership.

The visit to Derry was a fascinating part of developing the new Partnership.  Although the reasons for tensions are very different and well known in Ireland, the careful processes of rebuilding communities held fascinating lessons for the work in Camlachie.  The visiting party spent two days touring the city and meeting the agencies and community leaders who have changed the fortune Derry.  Derek Poole, an experienced community mediator who has worked in Belfast and Derry over the years came over to speak to the fledgling Camlachie Partnership and talk about the lessons from across the water.

Alan has led the development of this new Partnership and worked alongside the residents group.  He has facilitated the early meetings and workshops, set up the Derry visit and worked closely with individual partners between meetings to help build this exciting partnership. The Partnership Agreement was signed on the 14th May 2012.

"The West of Scotland Housing Association has worked closely with Alan for nearly two years on a complex regeneration project for an area with a wide range of challenges. Alan played a lead role in developing a comprehensive strtaegy for regenerating the area and set up a structure which brought together an impressive range of agencies that have demonstrated a huge commitment to the plan. Alongside this work at a strategic level, Alan worked closely with a community organisation to transform them from a small, ineffective group into one which fully participates in and directs the regeneration strategy and their partners." Colin Turnbull, Director of Housing at the West of Scotland Housing Association.

See the masterplan for Camlachie here.