Building Futures


AS PART of East Renfrewshire Council and CCG’s strategic partnership to deliver more affordable homes, Include Me 2 Club, a Barrhead-based charity, has secured a £4,000 donation.

Both the Council and CCG have worked together since 2018 with 35, much-needed affordable homes completed so far and a further 48 under construction and, as part of this programme, the partnership is able to create a wide range of community benefits such as supporting local causes through community enhancement, training and employment opportunities, work placements, school curriculum support and SME supply chain development.

The donation to Include Me 2 forms part of a community benefit programme that will include two jobs, six work placements and curriculum support for local schools as a direct result of Balgraystone Road, a new development of 48 affordable homes.

Include Me 2 Club supports and works with children, young people and adults with additional support needs and disabilities. The funds will be going towards the group’s digital engagement work, which has been specifically needed due to coronavirus. As a charity that is based upon brekaing down the stigma of social exclusion and isolation, the investment has allowed them to enhance their online capabilities in order to keep members engaged and included.

Housing and Maintenance Services Convener, Councillor Danny Devlin said: “We are committed to ensuring that the East Renfrewshire community benefits from any significant council investment and I am delighted that, alongside delivering more high-quality social housing, we are also able to facilitate this donation to the Include Me 2 Club. They do some fantastic work in our community and this will help to ensure that this work, and the support they provide, can continue digitally in these unprecedented times.”

Lynn Stodart, CCG Group HR Manager, said: “We have been working in partnership with East Renfrewshire Council since 2018 with the successful delivery of three projects and a sustained programme of community benefit. Be it jobs, training, schools support or financial donations, CCG will always look to create a lasting legacy that transcends further than the construction of homes. We are delighted this will continue with Balgraystone.”

Paul McIlvenny, Chair of IM2C, said: “It’s great to be working alongside East Renfrewshire Council and CCG through their community benefits programme. To receive this financial support at a challenging time is crucial to the continued success of charity to meet the needs of our members during difficult and uncertain times. Our online work is vital to keeping our members engaged, included and involved in online activities, projects and fun services. A big thank you goes to CCG for their donation and the impact it will allow us to make.”

Pictured: Paul Mcllvenny, Include Me 2; Claire Mistretta, CCG

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