Achievements during the year

 The main achievements and performance of GSAP during the year are set out below. The benefits are demonstrated through regular feedback from individuals, families, community/voluntary groups and service users. We measure impact using a range of tools (pre and post questionnaires, examination/test results, Outcome based Accountability (OBA) report card, official government statistics and independent evaluations of our services are commissioned. We engage with service users through established forums and steering groups. We evaluate all programmes and make changes as appropriate, based on participant feedback.

Key analytical summary points under each theme are as follows:

A Learning Community

41 local community/voluntary groups were provided with capacity building and technical assistance in community development and good governance, which helped to build their confidence, increase their skills and enhance their ability to effect change for themselves and their community.

33 local community/voluntary groups were provided with financial info /advice and support completing funding applications, which enabled them to learn new skills in relation to fundraising and improve their ability to access, secure, and manage additional financial resources efficiently and effectively thus helping to sustain their activities/services.

43 existing front-line workers provided with training and support in areas such as Measuring Impact, Legal implications of Workplace Stress, Employment Documentation and Good Governance etc, which enabled them to build their knowledge and skills, promote good governance, engage better with the communities they serve and contribute to community building initiatives


An Influential Community

10 networking events were organised and/or facilitated by GSAP which enabled local groups/residents to share knowledge, skills, and resources and strengthen and build new relationships including our Light up Your Christmas Event at Northside Shopping Centre on 14th Dec 2017, our Stem Aware event with 9 local primary schools, Seagate and Ulster University and our Northside 50+ Reflection & Celebration Event at Shantallow Community Centre on the 5th March 2018

GSAP held two successful fundraising and awareness events at GSAP for Action on Hearing Loss on the 15th may 2017 and for the local IVF campaign on 3rd November

GSAP supported 5 community relations projects this year including the ‘Travel with Me’ project for travellers and the ‘Share Our History’ project for Northside 50+ Club.

Encouraged and supported GSAP staff & Directors, local community/interest groups and residents to seek and/or maintain representation on 10 city wide bodies that operate at a strategic level.                                                                

GSAP organised and/or hosted a series of public meetings throughout the year such as a series of meetings with PSNI, ONNP, Outer North Community Safety Team and local C/V group representatives on the ongoing bonfire issues in Galliagh estate, interagency meetings with DC&SDC, NIHE, ONNP and local councillors on the needs of Travellers based at Ballyarnett transit site and a series of meetings with Galliagh Steering group, consultant John Eggleston, NIHE and DC&SDC to review findings on our public consultation on the 15th June 2017 and finalise visual plans for the regeneration of Moss Park/Linear Park.  

GSAP undertook sharing best practice events throughout the year with other community/voluntary groups, operating across the Greater Shantallow Area, the city, and the region. For example, GSAP hosted Brownlow Festival Committee and Craigavon/Armagh/Ban Bridge Council to GSAP Forge Group on 17th November 2017 and on the 4th Dec 2017 and 24th Jan 2018 GSAP organised and hosted Dr. Cerezzo & WHSCT Pioneering project staff with local early year’s delivery agents in the area.

An Active community

117 volunteers were recruited, trained and supported to participate in community development work, events and programmes within the Greater Shantallow Area.

Local Partnerships - Capital Projects

GSAP in partnership with local community/voluntary groups and statutory agencies together successfully secured investment to build upon and improve the community infrastructure in the Greater Shantallow Area. A notable example was opening of the new Regional play facility at Ballyarnett Country Park funded through the Executive Office Social Investment Fund.

GSAP throughout the year is continuing to make substantial progress in helping to bring forward new facilities for the area. These include the New Leafair Sport & Leisure Facility which is due to commence construction in early summer 2018, the refurbishment and extension to Shantallow Community Centre, the development of a new community centre in Galliagh, the refurbishment of Victoria Hall at Culmore Point, the development of a new community centre in Culmore, the implementation of the Moss Park/Linear Park Regeneration Plan and Ballnagard Field Regeneration Plan 

Local Project Highlights

GSAP during the year continued to protect 10 existing local integrated local services managed by GSAP including: the Outer North Community Support Project undertaken by 3 FTE staff members ,  the secretariat of the Outer North Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership undertaken by 1 FTE staff member,  the Shantallow Family Support Hub (ETHOS) undertaken by 3.5 FTE staff members, the Greater Shantallow Talking To Our Babies Project undertaken by 1 FTE staff member, the ASPIRE Programme undertaken by 1 FTE staff member, the GSAP Skills 2020 programme undertaken by 2 FTE staff members;  the Greater Shantallow Extended Schools Programme 2017/18 funded through the EA extended schools programme,  the Outer North Families and Schools Together (FAST) Project undertaken by 1 FTE staff member and the Foyle Community Works Programme (FCWP) undertaken by 2 FTE staff members and funded through TEO.

GSAP during the financial year also developed 3 new integrated community led local services including a new one to one adult literacy support programme to address poor literacy amongst adults, a new Lunch Box Club Summer Scheme for  vulnerable children to address food poverty amongst school children over the summer holidays and a new Community Gaelic Football programme with Steelstown Brian Ogs at 5 different locations across the community to address the lack of physical activity amongst young people. 

Local services provided

Among the stand out results for 2017/18 derived from the integrated local services included:

*          225 families (259 adults and 108 children/young people) were able to access intervention/treatment services through the family support hub, and 76 of the young people were able to access specialist support to address their needs

*          121 existing and 133 New Year 8 pupils attending St Brigid's College in September 2017 accessed a range of personal/social development and health programmes after school over a 20-week period,

*          255 parents of children aged 0 to 3 years old participated in a range of early intervention/parenting support programmes, 65 parents completed non-specific training such as Paediatric First Aid and 906 parents and children aged 0 to 3 years participated in a range of community bonding projects throughout our Talking to Our Babies programme 

*          202 parents/carers and 250 children and young people participated either on the  8-week Families And Schools Together (FAST) programme, the 8 week Families Connect programme or our new Creative Story Card Workshops.  

*          49 local people completed either a 2-day FAST Practitioner training programme accredited by Middlesex University or the new Save the Children Families Connect training programme

*          196 local residents participated in healthy lifestyle programmes such as Line Dancing, Zumba, Tai Chi and Yoga thus reducing social isolation and improving their overall health and well-being,

*          1442 young people attending local schools accessed a range of extended school programmes and services such as counselling, speech therapy, outdoor environmental education programmes and literacy and numeracy tuition etc,

*          88 residents participated in the GSAP Skills 2020 programme completing educational qualifications and vocational training up to level 2 in courses such as First Aid, CSR, Basic Food Hygiene, Domiciliary Care, Plant and Construction etc, 

*          119 long term unemployed were in work placement under the FCWP with 91.3% (105/115) of the participants having achieved an accredited training qualification by 31 March 2018

*          276 food (week supply) parcels donated by the four local Churches were distributed by GSAP to families in need across the area thus helping to reduce the impact of poverty and improve their quality of life

Further detail is available within GSAP's Annual Review 2017/2018.