Category Archives: Elder Park Working Group

‘Co-operative Working’ Workshop on Thursday June 2nd in Elder Park Library

This session will take place in Elder Park Library from 10.30am to 1.30 pm. If you are interested in attending this then please contact us via the form below, and we will pass this on to the organisers.

This has been arranged by the Elder Park Working Group, as a pre-cursor to  upcoming consultation on potential changes to the way Elder Park is managed. The 3 options for it’s future management are;

1.       Council – led management (as is currently managed)

2.       Co-operative management

3.       Community-led management

We understand that details/ information on these 3 options are to be included in the agenda for this session, but that it will mainly be about  Co-operative management: what is it, and how does it work? This workshop was devised by Glasgow Community Planning Partnership – South Sector, and will be led by Manchester’s Co-operative College.

The Friends of Elder Park Committee are really keen for as many interested local people as possible to come along. We don’t know yet what the best option for the park is, but we do know that people need to be in a position to have an informed opinion. We are hopeful that this session will be useful in this respect. We are also hopeful that it will be useful for local organisations/ voluntary groups who want to learn more about this method of management.

FoEP do not regard this workshop as being a consultation exercise, and will be active in sharing information about consultation plans when they are shared with us. Elder Park is the people’s park, so FoEP are aiming to ensure that as many people as possible know about everything that is happening…so you know what to do. Please spread the word;  follow, like, share, tweet, and have a natter with your neighbours.

Want to come along to the ‘Co-operative Working’ Workshop on Thursday June 2nd in Elder Park Library from 10.30am to 1.30 pm?

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Elder Park Working Group: part 1

Please be patient with us here. More blog posts on this to follow. There’s a lot to say, and some of it we aren’t 100% about ourselves so we’ll try and share this information in bite-size chunks, and keep the jargon to a minimum…. Avoiding acronyms/ abbreviations is going to be impossible but we’ll try our very best.

If you are aware of any errors in this (or indeed any other) post then please let us know in the comments.

Elder Park Working Group (EPWG) was initiated in late 2015, and is coordinated by  Glasgow Community Planning Partnership (GCPP) – South Sector.

The following Glasgow City Council (GCC) departments, and other organisations have had invited representation at EPWG meetings.

The focus of the group has not only been Elder Park, but also on surrounding streets/ services/buildings.

EPWG have spent these meetings discussing  issues, areas for development, overlapping responsibilities, gaps in provision, and future management possibilities for the identified area. We will seek to update this blog post with a map of the concerned area

It is FoEP’s understanding that the reason for this attention, discussion, planning and communication is because of Govan’s status as a targeted neighbourhood within Glasgow Community Planning Partnership’s ‘Thriving Places’ Approach.

“We will adopt a different approach to support for these communities  over the next decade. The challenge is to adopt a new way of working amongst service providers, working side by side with communities, to make better use of existing resources and assets, many of which are already embedded in communities themselves. Our aim is to develop and support thriving communities all across Glasgow. We will start by focusing on a few neighbourhoods to begin with.”

Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement 2013, p 30

Govan is one of these neighbourhoods. If none of this means very much to you, then don’t worry about it. We are seeking a clear and concise description of what all of this means, and will be sure to update this post when we have that. However, if you are someone who loves reading long reports and policy/ strategy documents the you can check out the full Glasgow’s Single Outcome Agreement here.