A Learning Community

35 local community/voluntary groups were provided with capacity building which helped to build their confidence, increase their skills and enhance their ability to effect change for themselves and their community.

41 local community/voluntary groups were provided with technical assistance in community development activity and good governance. e.g. helping to write up proposals, present ideas, draft up constitutions, form new groups, draft up financial income & expenditure reports, bookkeeping, tax / wage records, interview & selection, evaluations (including monitoring work), development of policies & procedures, run workshops / information sessions, securing charitable status, lobbying statutory bodies and political representatives, Staff support and supervision, Volunteer support and supervision, Vetting etc.

35 local community/voluntary groups were provided with financial info /advice 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.

389 residents undertook local, accessible, personal development and formal/informal training which helped to build their confidence and skills and enabled them to become more involved in their local community

37 existing front-line workers provided with training and support which enabled they to engage better with the communities they serve and contribute to community building initiatives

An Influential Community

13 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.

11 local public consultation opportunities were organised and/or facilitated in partnership with government agencies/local community groups in the area.

Encouraged and supported GSAP staff & Directors, local community/interest groups and residents to seek and/or maintain representation on 32 community/voluntary and statutory bodies at a strategic level.

GSAP carried out advocacy six (6) times throughout the year which supported and encouraged local people/ local community/interest groups to understand, discuss and respond to public policy issues and participate in the formulation and review of policies and strategies.

GSAP undertook and disseminated findings from 3 new research projects focusing on parents and carers of children with a disability in the area, the ReStore Project and the Moss Park/Linear Park Community Engagement & Household Survey to help improve knowledge and understanding of the core needs of residents in the community and to help understand how the community in partnership with government can tackle those needs.

GSAP undertook 6 celebration/marketing/sharing best practice events throughout the year with other community/voluntary groups, neighbourhoods operating across the Greater Shantallow Area, the city, and the region.

An Active Community

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

21 community/voluntary received free physical resources from GSAP this financial year which helped to reduce barriers to actively participating in community development activity and supported them to play an active role in the life of the community and successfully carry out their activities/services.

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. Notable examples include the extension to Rainbow Child and Family Centre, the construction of the Leafair Outdoor Gym, St Brigid’s Parish Centre refurbishment, the completion of St Pauls PS Family Rooms, the development of Na Magha Hurling Club new club house, the GSCA Refurbishment at Studio Two and the development of St Joseph’s Boxing Club new facilities. 

GSAP have also made substantial progress in bringing new ambitions and plans to the fore such as helping DC&SDC to secure £1.2 million by OFMDFM for the New Leafair Sport & Leisure Facility and £600,000 by OFMDFM for the new Regional play facility at Ballyarnett Country Park and help DC&SDC secure investment from DSD and Derry Northside Development Trust so to appoint design teams for the refurbishment and extension to Shantallow Community Centre and the development of a new community centre in Galliagh.

GSAP during the year continued to protect 11 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 Affordable Loan Pilot Project, the Outer North Extended Schools Programme 2015 / 2016 and the Foyleview Extended Schools Programme 2015 / 2016 funded through the WELB extended schools programme,  the Outer North Families and Schools Together (FAST) Project undertaken by 1 FTE staff member, the Galliagh Community Services Project funded by DC&SDC and the Foyle Community Works Programme (FCWP) undertaken by 2 FTE staff members and funded through OFMDFM. GSAP during the financial year also developed 5 new integrated community led local services including; GSAP Skills 2020 programme undertaken by 2 FTE staff members, the Just Think IT Mental Health Boot Camp funded through the CLEAR Project, the Outer North Oil Buying Club in partnership with Bryson Energy, the Community Cultural Strategy Activity funded by DCAL and the Bay Road Local Nature Reserve Project funded under the DOE Challenge Fund.

Among the stand out results for 2015/16 derived from the integrated local services included:

  • 241 vulnerable families were able to access intervention/treatment services through the family support hub,
  • 111existng and 115 new Year 8 pupils attending St Brigid’s College in September 2015 accessed a range of personal/social development and health programmes after school over a 20-week period,
  • 381 parents of children aged 0 to 3 years old participated in a range of early intervention/parenting support programmes,
  • 55 families (63 parents and 74 young people participated on an 8-week FAST programme,
  • 50 local people completed a 2-day FAST Practitioner training programme accredited by Middlesex University
  • 146 local residents participated in healthy lifestyle programmes thus reducing social isolation and improving their overall health and well-being,
  • 2653 young participants accessed a range of extended school programmes and services such as counselling, speech therapy, outdoor environmental education programmes and literacy and numeracy tuition etc,
  • 110 residents participated in the GSAP Skills 2020 programme with 96 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,
  • 90 long term unemployed under the FCWP secured 2-year work placements and of those 31 had achieved qualifications such as Youth work, Child protection, Manual handling, CCTV and First Aid with a further 21 participants continuing to undertake literacy and numeracy qualifications
  • 697 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
  • 16 local families were able to access the affordable loan project thus helping them to better manage their debt.
  • 56 local families accessed the Outer North Oil Buying Club run in partnership with Bryson Energy which helped them to reduce their annual fuel bills and reduce fuel poverty in the area.

Further detail on achievement and performance including a sample of participant feedback is available within GSAP’s Annual Review 2015/2016