There are 15 different areas in Glasgow included in GoWell – one of which is Townhead.
Within Townhead, we focused our study on the four blocks of multi-storey flats located around St Mungo Avenue and the three blocks of multi-storey flats at Drygate as shown on the map.
We are interested in Townhead because it is part of the community regeneration programme taking place in Glasgow. This has involved both internal and external improvements to people's homes 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 neighbourhoods.
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 neighbourhood 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 Townhead: the first in 2006 in which 174 residents were interviewed; 2008 in which 142 residents were interviewed; 2011 in which 137 residents were interviewed; and 2015 in which 151 residents were interviewed.
Findings so far
A small selection of findings from these four surveys with Townhead residents are shown below:
- In 2015, 92% of residents were satisfied or very satisfied with their home. This had increased from 82% in 2006.
- In 2015, 95% of participants were very or fairly satisfied with their neighbourhood as a place to live. This had increased from 86% in 2006.
- 57% of participants felt part of their community in 2015. This had declined from 80% in 2008, when this question was first asked.
- 76% of participants rated their general health as excellent or good in 2015. This was the same as in 2006.
- In terms of empowerment, 48% 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 15% 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.