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

47 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.

376 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

48 existing front-line workers provided with training and support in areas such as Child protection, First Aid, Social enterprise, Recruitment and selection etc which enabled they 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.

Encouraged and supported GSAP staff & Directors, local community/interest groups and residents to seek and/or maintain representation on 11 citywide bodies that operate at a strategic level.

GSAP organised a series of public meetings throughout the year such as a meeting with the deputy First Minister with residents and member groups of Culmore Steering Group on Wed 6th April 2016 and an open Public consultation with residents/agencies in relation to Moss Park/Linear Park in Galliagh Parish Centre from 10am to 9pm on Thursday 15th September 2016.

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 Neighbourhood Renewal funded groups based across Fermanagh and Omagh District Council Area in GSAP offices with staff/groups on Thursday 23 March 2017 from 2-4.30pm to discuss/share information on our local early interventions programmes.

An Active community

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

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 opening of Fabsocial at Unit 37 Skeoge Industrial Estate in November 2016 and the opening of the FORGE at Unit 20 Northside Village Centre in September 2016.

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, the new Regional play facility at Ballyarnett Country Park, which is due to open in late summer 2017, the refurbishment and extension to Shantallow Community Centre, the development of a new community centre in Galliagh and the development of a new community centre in Culmore.

GSAP during the year continued to protect 10 existing local integrated local services managed by GSAP. These include, 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 2016 / 2017 funded through the EA extended schools programme,  the Outer North Families and Schools Together (FAST) Project undertaken by 1 FTE staff member, the Just Think IT Mental Health Boot Camp funded through the CLEAR Project and the Foyle Community Works Programme (FCWP) undertaken by 2 FTE staff members and funded through OFMDFM. GSAP during the financial year also developed 3 new integrated community led local services including; Fabsocial Social: Digital Fabrication Project in partnership with the Nerve Centre, the new Families Connect Programme in partnership with Save the Children and the FORGE: Northside Digital Archiving Project.

Among the stand out results for 2016/17 derived from the integrated local services included:

  • 238 adults and 163 children/young people were able to access intervention/treatment services through the family support hub and 90 of the young people were able to access specialist support to address their needs
  • 115 existing and 121 new Year 8 pupils attending St Brigid’s College in September 2016 accessed a range of personal/social development and health programmes after school Under our ASPIRE programme over a 20-week period,
  • 314 parents of children aged 0 to 3 years old participated in a range of early intervention/parenting support programmes and 873 parents participated in a range of community bonding projects through our Talking To Our Babies programme,
  • 69 families (81 parents and 135 children young people participated on an 8-week Families And Schools Together (FAST) programme,
  • 42 local people completed a 2-day FAST Practitioner training programme accredited by Middlesex University
  • 188 local residents participated in healthy lifestyle programmes thus reducing social isolation and improving their overall health and well-being,
  • 1769 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,
  • 111 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;
  • 103 long-term unemployed were in work placement under the FCWP with 83.3% (90) of participants having gained an accredited educational qualification and 87% (94) of participants having achieved an accredited training qualification by the 31st March 2017.
  • 445 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 on achievement and performance including a sample of participant feedback is available within GSAP’s Annual Review 2016/2017