At North View we have always been keen to get involved in ‘wider’ non-housing activities as long as it benefits local people. This has seen us work with various contractors to create employment opportunities, and one in particular to secure apprenticeships for three Castlemilk teenagers.
We have also provided placements for people on local training schemes and college students so that they can gain some ‘hands on’ experience of working in the Office or out with one of our tradesmen.
At a community level, we have promoted initiatives ranging from recycling projects, through to Strathclyde Fire Brigade carrying out free fire safety inspections in tenants’ homes, to open classes for anyone wanting to learn about using a computer. We also have a tradition of organising social events for our tenants – be it a day trip to Ayr, Loudoun Castle, or putting on a pantomime – but one of the most important aspects of our ‘wider’ work has focused on the young people that live in Windlaw.