Contractor donates £30,000 to community projects in Pollokshields

CCG (Scotland) has donated £30,000 to community members and initiatives in Glasgow’s southside.

The contractor has been working on behalf of Southside Housing Association (SHA) in Pollokshields since 2021 where a second phase of regeneration located on St Andrew’s Drive is underway.

A total of 120 new affordable homes will be delivered this year, with first handovers due to take place in the coming weeks.

The donation forms part of a range of community benefit initiatives undertaken during the construction programme. It included £10,000 worth of fuel voucher support distributed to SHA tenants and the wider community as well as £7,000 that will contribute to the upgrade of a community hub on Shields Road. A further £3,000 has been donated to the Glendale Women’s Café whilst £10,000 was donated to the Pollokshields Food Point back in 2021.

Lynn Stodart, CCG group HR manager, explained, “CCG are well known for our work in the housing sector, namely for affordable housebuilding which we deliver across the breadth of the country every year. This sustained programme of work not only supports housing demand but allows us to invest in communities where we operate and this can include anything from job creation and training opportunities to engagement with schools and financial donations such as those we have undertaken in Pollokshields.

“In a cost-of-living crisis, we are very proud to have been able to help such a large number of people with their energy bills during the winter months whilst the well-utilised community hub at 423 Shields Rd and the Glendale Women’s Café will greatly benefit from our cash donations.

“We thank Southside Housing Association for identifying such brilliant causes and we hope that they will be enjoyed by community members for many years to come.”

Suzanne Lavelle, advice team leader at Southside Housing Association, added, “There is an unprecedented level of fuel poverty amongst our tenants, with many choosing between food and fuel, or rationing usage, as they are afraid to use their heating due to the cost. This can have both physical and mental health implications. Fuel vouchers are an efficient and direct way to assist households, who otherwise would be unable to heat their homes, and would be in danger of self-disconnection.”