Tramway Local: What's on Your Doorstep?

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 in News, Participation

​Blog post by Holly Rumble, Public Engagement Coordinator, Tramway

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Tramway Local event. There were over 40 people, and it was fantastic to see such enthusiasm! This first event was an opportunity to find out about projects happening locally, and also about organisations which support community projects.

It was also a chance to start mapping what we mean by ‘local’. We asked those present to mark a map with where they are based, and another place they use regularly. (See the results here). It was interesting to see which organisations are important to those attending, and indicates that ‘local’ in this context is a synonym for ‘friendly’ or ‘welcoming’.

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It’s also not necessary to be geographically-local: whilst a lot of these places were within a mile of Tramway, there were also organisations dotted across the city with an interest in community practice or collaboration. This will be the focus of our next session on 10th March, Tramway Local: Joining the Dots, in which we will hear from more organisations, and also discuss where collaborations might occur.

Here’s a quick summary of the presentations:

The Glendale Women’s Café: Pip Ryan (with volunteers Farida and Atia)
A supportive space for women, with weekly art & craft, sewing and massage sessions, and a programme of talks, screenings and exhibitions. Currently hosting an exhibition about East Pollokshields: Gardens on the Grid. The Café is open on Tuesdays 9am-3pm.

Scottish Refugee Council: Suzi McIver
Don’t miss the Refugee Festival Scotland on 14-26 June! This year’s theme is ‘Solidarity’. The deadline to register your event as part of the festival programme is Monday 21 March at 12pm.

Tramway: Holly Rumble
Tramway has lots of opportunities to get involved, including TRYOUT, free drop-in creative sessions on Sundays 2-4pm, which are suitable for all ages. We also have CPD sessions in March for community group leaders in advance of our next exhibition Glasgow International Festival 2016.

Voluntary Arts Scotland: Cassandra Barron
Act quickly! The Voluntary Arts Week Microfund deadline is 22nd February: Self-led cultural groups and projects can apply for £100 to put on an event during Voluntary Arts Week.

The Hidden Gardens: Natalie Davidson
A number of events coming up including You Must Believe in Spring, an evening of fireside song with Judith Williams and Nigel Clark on Friday 26 February, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Visit the website for information about cultural cookery, tai chi, biodiversity events and volunteering opportunities.

MILK Café: Angela Ireland
A social enterprise on Victoria Road, set up to ‘empower and promote the integration of ethnic minority women who live in Glasgow.’ MILK offer English language tutoring, and work experience opportunities with the aim of securing permanent employment for their volunteers.

Pollokshields Playhouse: Michelle Montgomery Masters
A new temporary outdoor venue on Albert Drive, which has already hosted screenings and a Winter Festival. If you have an idea for an event you would like to propose for the space, or would like to help on one of the building days get in touch.

Find out about our next Tramway Local on 10 March here>
Our first event was in high demand, book early!