There are 15 different areas in Glasgow included in GoWell – one of which is Scotstoun.
Included in what we call our Scotstoun ‘core’ area are the multi-story flats at Kingsway Court and Plean Street as shown on the map within the dark lines. In addition, we are also studying the wider area surrounding the flats which we refer to as ‘Wider Scotstoun’. More information on this wider area can be found on the Wider Scotstoun study area page.
We are interested in the flats at Kingsway Court and Plean Street because they are part of the community regeneration programme taking place in Glasgow. This has involved a range of activities such as building new homes, refurbishment, demolition and efforts to support communities with improved services and amenities. These activities have provided an opportunity to find out from local residents if and how their health and lives change as a result of investment in their homes and their neighbourhood.
We have carried out a number of resident surveys over our ten-year study. These consisted of interviews conducted face-to-face in people’s homes and included a whole range of questions about how people feel about their homes, their neighbourhood, services in the area, their lifestyle and circumstances and their health and wellbeing.
Over time this has helped us understand more about the process of regeneration, and to highlight what is working well for communities and what needs more attention.
If you've been involved in one of our surveys you can find additional information about your participation here.
We have conducted four surveys in Scotstoun: in 2006 in which 206 residents were interviewed; 2008 in which 159 residents were interviewed; 2011 in which 132 residents were interviewed; and 2015 in which 93 residents were interviewed.
Findings so far
A small selection of findings from these surveys with Scotstoun residents are shown below:
- In 2015, 77% of residents were satisfied or very satisfied with their home. This has increased from 66% in 2006.
- In 2015, 86% of participants were very or fairly satisfied with their neighbourhood as a place to live. This has increased from 72% in 2006.
- 68% of participants felt part of their community in 2015. This had increased from 42% in 2008, when this question was first asked.
- 70% of participants rated their general health as excellent or good in 2015. This was a decline from 83% in 2006.
- In terms of empowerment, 63% of participants in 2015 felt that on their own, or with others, they could influence decisions affecting their local area. This was a large increase from 25% in 2006.
Over the ten years of the study we have widely shared and discussed the findings from the community surveys with various service providers across Glasgow to encourage them to consider the findings when planning and prioritising services and amenities. They have been used by a wide range of stakeholders including local communities, housing and regeneration organisations and local and national government.
We have also regularly summarised and shared the area findings with the communities involved through our community newsletters. The most recent newsletter for this area can be accessed below along with an at-a-glance findings summary.