Cranhill Development Trust is an integral part of its community, responding successfully to the complex needs of Cranhill since 2002. A key to the success of the Trust has been its ability to adapt services and activities to meet the changing and diverse needs of people living there.
Our core activity is to provide person-centred, responsive support services which are inclusive and are not age or gender specific. We focus on a community development and regeneration approach that builds and increases capacity within the community. We do this by providing support which encourages and nurtures empowerment. In the same way, we promote resilience through active participation in the planning, design, development, delivery and evaluation of services.
By providing a range of community based support activities and services, we aim to increase self-esteem and opportunity in an area of multiple deprivation. These services include working with families and individuals, providing information and advice (e.g. Scottish Refugee Council advice outreach for asylum seekers and refugees), health services (e.g. access to smoking cessation), education services (e.g. ESOL classes), leisure opportunities, and a community cafe and nearly new shop. We do this as much as possible in partnership with other agencies and with the quality assistance of experienced volunteers.
Our Community Garden is always a work in progress. Volunteers and staff are creating a unique area in Cranhill for food growing, relaxing and learning as part of a thriving community. It provides a focus for people to enjoy our food, and engage in social and employability initiatives. We have raised beds, a polytunnel, composting facilities and an outdoor covered contemplative space. Many people who come along to join us in the garden go on to participate in our cookery sessions, often using ingredients they grew earlier.
We believe in the power of volunteering to change people’s lives and want to support people to take up chances to get involved as volunteers. This applies not only to our own projects but with other groups and organisations across the city. We aim to offer as wide a range of volunteering opportunities as we can and in particular we encourage first time volunteers. Our Volunteer Co-ordinator sets up supportive induction, training and review sessions for each volunteer to ensure the best possible experience for all.