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Friday news round up - 3 February

The past weeks round up of member news

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Caledonia proposes affordable housing for Morgan Street, Dundee


New development for Caledonia Housing Association
Caledonia Housing Association has submitted plans to build 28 new affordable homes at the former Taybanks Works site on Morgan Street in Dundee.

If approved, the redevelopment of this derelict brownfield site in Morgan Street will see the association building 10 new flats and 18 houses for rent. The proposed properties, on the site of the former jute mill, are of a high quality design, with enhanced energy efficiency levels to help minimise tenants’ energy costs.


LinkLiving receives funding boost to help young people in Fife and Edinburgh


Project for young people receives Lottery funding 

LinkLiving (part of the Link Group of social enterprises) has been awarded £50,000
as part of the latest funding package from the Young Start Fund, run by the Big
Lottery Fund.

This funding will enable LinkLiving’s award winning employability service,
SmartLiving, to work in partnership with Total Health, a specialist health and sports
science company, to provide a unique nine-week programme called ‘Steps to
Resilience – Be What You Want to Be’. The project will specifically address the
personal development needs of vulnerable young people who have experienced
trauma. The project is due to start in Edinburgh and Fife in April 2017.


Innovative designs scoop prizes at Blackwood awards


Designs which will change the lives of those with physical and learning disabilities honoured at awards.

Digital glasses which assist people who have lost the use of their arms and a wheelchair that goes up and down steps have been crowned winners of a ‘Dragons’ Den’ style design competition.

The Blackwood Design Awards, which discover, and champion, new and innovative ideas to improve the lives of those with physical or learning disabilities, recently took place at the Dundee Contemporary Arts centre and saw nine shortlisted inventors pitch for the top spot. 


Parkhead launches development company


Parkhead Housing Association formally launches new subsidiary.

Parkhead Housing Association (PHA) was delighted to formally launch its new trading subsidiary, Parkhead Development Company (PDC), on Thursday 26 January 2017.

The business has been in operation since October last year and is now beginning to establish itself within the local community. Providing estate management, close cleaning and void clearance services to PHA the organisation aims to create longterm, sustainable job opportunities for the area.


East meets North West


Residents of North West Glasgow celebrate Chinese New Year

Residents of North West Glasgow welcomed the Chinese New Year in multicultural style on Monday 30 January, with a traditional Scottish Ceilidh.

Woodside Halls, Glenfarg Street, came alive to the sounds of bagpipes and a full ceilidh band, with guests enjoying featured traditional Chinese dance performances and a Chinese Scottish fusion buffet.

Queens Cross Housing Association’s Sharing Lives, Sharing Spaces community engagement project organised the event. Developed in response to research which showed that one in five tenants in the Woodside neighbourhood are of Chinese ethnic origin, the project brings different cultures in the area together through classes and social events. The project was established with an award from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund, which increases support for community-led regeneration throughout Scotland.

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