Community Engagement and Information

Community Engagement and Information Strategy underpins the whole Locality Plan for Govanhill, providing insights and direction on how to effectively engage with and inform our diverse communities about local services, events, and developments.

Community Engagement and Information Strategy – initial results of community survey

In the first quarter of 2021, we conducted a community survey to inform the Community Engagement and Information strategy. The survey looked at how the people of Govanhill access information and connect with each other, and how they feel about making decisions for their neighbourhood. The survey was developed with the support of partners from the NHS and GCC, based on the ideas shared by Govanhill residents during the process of community conversations held in 2018 by GCDT. 

We would like to thank everyone who participated and shared their views. 

Below are the basic results of the survey. Further analysis will be conducted by a working group.

205 people took part in this online survey, a few of them were supported to do so through a phone conversation. The responders represent diverse groups in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, income, health and other factors.
In terms of ethnicity, most of the responders described themselves as white Scottish or British. Answers to the ‘What is your ethnicity?’ question indicate that around 40 survey participants belong to ethnic minority groups, however, not everyone sees themselves as such.
159 people said they lived in Govanhill and 9 people said they lived here in the past.

Do you feel welcome and included in Govanhill?

Most of the people from the groups specified in the survey said they felt welcome and included in Govanhill. Some people provided additional comments which will be released in the wider report.

What could bring people of Govanhill together?

These suggestions were based on the ideas from the residents’ conversations delivered earlier by GCDT.
Several respondents praised them all: “omg all of these sound amazing!!” / “All of above would be beneficial” / “all of the above” / “All sound fantastic.”
A number of these already take place, but there is a clear need for safe and inclusive community meeting spaces.

Taking part in making decisions about local services and developments

Most people wanted to take part in local decision-making processes.

Improving access to information

Access to information is key to community engagement and empowerment. Below is a breakdown of responses to proposed solutions to make information more accessible to residents. These solutions were based on community conversations and the input of local staff.

Most residents felt that the proposed support-based solutions would be effective, with the greatest emphasis put on working to reach people who are excluded or disengaged.
In terms of community-led solutions to improving access to information, most residents felt that the proposed solutions could help.
Access to devices and digital skills training, as well as information available online in different languages were seen as effective. Most people were unsure whether mass texting could help improve access to information.
Most responders felt that the proposed public spaces based solutions could improve access to information.

These are the basic results of the survey. The next stage of the process is to form a working group to analyse the feedback received from the community, so that a draft of the Community Engagement and Information strand of the Locality Plan can be developed.
Please check this website for further updates.