Our Ward 18 East Centre candidate Faten Hameed and Councillor Robert Connelly (Ward 9 Calton) visited the Cranhill Development Trust today to find out what Faten could do to help the trust if she were elected as Councillor.
Cranhill Development Trust operate from Cranhill Parish Church at 109 Bellrock Street, G33 3HE. The trust has been responding to local people’s needs for the past 20 years. In this time the trust has had to constantly adapt its services and activities to fulfil the varied needs of the community with a focus on community development and regeneration of Cranhill.
Faten and Robert witnessed how the trusts works with people, many of whom are refugees, and noted one symbol that echoes this in a wall of clocks displaying the local time in cities around the world that many asylum seekers to the trust called home before being displaced.
Faten and Robert were deeply touched at the terrible situation that many who visit the trust find themselves in. Some people visiting the Post office and Shop which sells discounted items, could only afford to be a single nappy and one asked for 20p worth of sugar because that was all she could afford. Volunteers and staff help to alleviate such poverty by growing food in the community garden.
Over the past two decades the Trust has seen an erosion in council support, yet the ruling SNP run surgeries within the same building, you would think at the least they would have noticed the enormous potholes but more worryingly is the loss of points of contact within the Council such as Social Workers. Often these days they turn to the Police for help. It is admirable that local constables respond but let’s be frank this isn’t their job.
If elected to represent Ward 18 East Centre Faten would