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Cash boost to help Govan community fight coronavirus

Partnership working sees funding of £200,000 secured to help support people during pandemic. 

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A £200,000 cash boost will help fight the coronavirus in Govan.

The Scottish Government has provided the funding as part of its nationwide effort to help communities deal with the crisis.

The Govan-based housing associations said that the money will be used to help people at a grass roots level, with particular emphasis on the vulnerable and isolated.

Linthouse, Govan and Elderpark Housing Associations, along with Govan Thriving Places, and supported by local councillors from the Govan council ward, successfully secured the funding from the Scottish Government’s £30 million emergency funding to help communities.

The partners form Govan’s Covid-19 Funding Temporary Emergency Funding Group, which was set up to apply for the money. The group will now work out how the funding should be spent.

The elected members are: Councillor Richard Bell, Ballie John Kane, Councillor Allan Young and Councillor Stephen Dornan.

The three housing associations are already hard at work supporting their communities with an unprecedented level of engagement. Shopping is being delivered, prescriptions collected and free hot meals prepared and distributed.

The health emergency has galvanised many volunteers who are generously providing a helping hand in the community such as charity Aberlour.

Irene Campbell, Chief Executive of Linthouse Housing Association, said: “This money is hugely welcome as it will turbo-charge our efforts to help our tenants and the wider community.

"We are immensely grateful for it. As is so often the case, local people look to their housing associations – given our vital community role –  for help and leadership in times of crisis.”

Fiona McTaggart, Chief Executive of Govan Housing Association, said: “Govan Housing Association is delighted to be working in collaboration with the TEFG to assist in addressing the ever-changing community priorities recognised throughout this pandemic. This joined-up approach will ensure that our tenants, and those in most need within our community, receive the support and assistance they require. 

"The new funds will enable housing associations and third sector organisations to deliver new services and enhance and extend services already being delivered.”

Gary Dalziel, Chief Executive of Elderpark Housing, added: “This funding will inevitably help us to extend the reach of our work during this crisis.

"We will now get to work on how this money should be spent, making sure it is used to assist people who really need our help.

"The key objective is to support people whose lives have been deeply affected by the health crisis.”

Councillor Richard Bell of Govan Thriving Places said: “We are extremely delighted by this announcement. This is an example of the local community working together with our colleagues in the housing association sector for the betterment of all of Govan.

"We hope this might be the first of many such collaborative projects in Govan.” 

The Group has pledged to keep local people informed of how the money is being used through a variety of means, such as social media, publicity on partner organisations websites and wider publicity in the mainstream media, with a firm emphasis on transparency.

Details of the first amount of money being spent to help people will be announced shortly.








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