GWSF’s purpose is to promote represent and campaign on behalf of local community controlled housing associations and co-operatives in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. We do this by:
The many ways in which community controlled housing associations help tackle loneliness and social isolation were showcased at our Annual Regeneration Conference. More than 100 delegates and contributors gathered to hear about a wide range of practical initiatives being undertaken by local housing associations in their efforts to help address social isolation across the age ranges.
They heard from the Scottish Government about its ‘Connected Scotland’ strategy, from the Campaign to End Loneliness and also the Carnegie UK Trust. The event also heard from Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council, and closed with a presentation from Architecture and Design Scotland about how the design and layout of places can impact on wellbeing and help address social isolation.
Our committee-member led campaign group reconvened this year to focus on the key issues which impact on CCHAs and on their communities. Maureen Cope, the Group’s Chair gave a rousing account of the Bedroom Tax Campaign at our annual conference last year. The group has been meeting with CPAG, the Poverty Alliance, and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector to plan where it will be most useful to focus its energies over the coming months.
The Campaign Group will keep members informed on its activities at the Forum’s regular open meetings and we’ll also keep you updated here. Watch this space!