New from the Network: "Lambhill Stables"

New from the Network: "Lambhill Stables"

In this week's feature we're highlighting an extract from our most recent CHEX-Point Newsletter. David Cruickshank from Lambhill Stables Community Development Trust talks about the work he carries out.

Despite not having health in its title or an overt health strategy, Lambhill Stables Community Development Trust has improved the health of many people in the Lambhill, Cadder, Possil, Maryhill and Milton areas of North Glasgow. The organisation reaches out and engages with people who traditionally would not access health services. While its approach emphasises the inclusion of everyone, people who are isolated due to mental illness, disability and addiction have positively responded and got involved! The involvement has been life changing for these people and life enhancing for the wider community. 

An active membership of 250 local residents have used their knowledge and experience to transfer derelict property and brown field sites into thriving community facilities. A community hub in a refurbished B-listed building renovated from a derelict shell, a thriving community garden and local allotments from vacant land are just two of these major impacts. At the heart of this transformation are positive opportunities for people experiencing poverty and disadvantage to have a better quality of life - all through involvement in community activity and volunteering or training and employment.

Since initiation of the organisation in 2007, management, staff and volunteers learnt that ‘hands on’ work and engaging community members in the natural environment offers participants a sense of purpose, and increases physical and mental wellbeing. And for some people this provides a diversionary path away from drug addiction and anti-social behaviour towards new skills, increased confidence and, ultimately, employment or other positive destinations. The staff create opportunities for development through varied activities e.g. working alongside 75 volunteers every week in therapeutic gardening, cookery, walking, cycling, canoeing, heritage, and arts and crafts. 12 local schools participate in the schools programme and over 670 people took part in the very popular drop-in activities programme. The youngest participants are nursery school children and the oldest volunteer is 91 years-old.

The following comments testify to the difference that the Stables are making to people’s lives:

“I volunteer at the Stables. It is a friendly, creative place. I and many others are gaining skills, confidence, environmental awareness– It is bringing a community together to make life better for everyone.” Agnes

“This is an inclusive and inspiring place where mentally ill people are accepted.” Raymund

 “Lambhill Stables has had such a positive impact on the surrounding communities and our school! “ Cheryl

To read the rest of the article and this issue, click here.

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