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Glasgow’s strategy focuses on our city’s continued transformation, and aims for fair economic growth and a stronger city.

This strategy has been informed by an intensive and innovative process of community engagement. Glasgow’s resilience conversation has linked to more than 3,500 local residents across all age groups and communities to ensure that this strategy draws on a diverse range of voices.

The Resilient Glasgow Strategy is structured around four ‘strategic pillars’ and fifteen ‘goals’, which set out the long-term trajectory for Glasgow’s resilience. Within this, we have identified forty-nine actions that will be implemented during the next two years.

1 Empower Glaswegians Improve equitable access to local services, empower community leaders, and create safe spaces.

2 Unlock Place-Based Solutions Create a resilience exemplar, tackle the local impacts of climate change, and unlock the potential of vacant sites.

3 Innovate to Support Economic Growth Support new urban solutions and businesses, learn from best practices, and increase the population's skill levels.

4 Foster Civic Participation Build capacity among citizens and decision-makers to apply resilience thinking.

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1

Improve equitable access to local services, empower community leaders, and create safe spaces.

We will empower citizens and communities to strengthen their personal and collective resilience and work to mitigate systematic barriers that undermine it.

Glasgow is a diverse city. It is also a city of inequality. We want to create a fairer, more equal society that is resilient to a range of potential futures. The education of all Glaswegians is central to the development of a resilient city. Learning and development empowers the growth of more resilient people, individually and collectively. This includes community learning support and interventions as well as the education of our children and young people.

It is also our belief that a fairer Glasgow is a city where partners work in collaboration to strengthen the entire city. Our aspiration is to have open and transparent relationships between communities and the institutions that serve them. We will promote the delivery of innovative initiatives that engage communities with the coordination of decisions affect their future.

The primary goals of this pillar are to:

  1. Improve equitable access to quality local services that foster wellbeing.
  2. Empower community leaders through cooperation between city partners and the third sector.
  3. Use existing assets to create healthy, safe and inclusive spaces for the community to network, helping to mitigate social isolation.
  4. Influence the Scottish Government agenda on social and community resilience.

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Create a resilience exemplar, tackle the local impacts of climate change, and unlock the potential of vacant sites.

We will implement and support place-based solutions to improve personal, community and economic resilience.

A Resilient Glasgow is a city that has the potential to transform itself. A number of significant place-based priorities are helping us along this journey. These include the delivery of the £1.13 billion City Deal for Glasgow, the development of the Sighthill Transformation Regeneration Area (TRA), the Single Outcome Agreement’s Thriving Places initiative as well as other Housing, City Centre and Canal Regenerations.

Our approach to improving the critical infrastructure of our city is underpinned by our ambition to be the most sustainable city in Europe. Through the implementation of place-based solutions, we seek to become more resilient to the changing environmental conditions that threaten to undermine our physical and social integrity.

In particular, we want to achieve:

  • A low carbon footprint and improved air quality
  • Connected transport infrastructure for businesses and communities
  • Accessible, affordable and green ways for communities to move about Glasgow
  • An energy efficient future
  • Investment and jobs within local communities
  • Good access to physical and digital infrastructure

3

Support new urban solutions and businesses, learn from best practices, and increase the population's skill levels.

We will innovate to support fair economic growth that creates well-paid, accessible and meaningful opportunities for both businesses and Glaswegians.

The recession has been one of the most significant stresses to have challenged the economy of our city. It has had a real impact on the city, testing the resilience of our people, businesses and organisations. A resilient Glasgow confronts adversity to be a city of prosperity that provides a high quality of life for all. Our future city is a centre of innovation, production and culture. It is also a city that offers Glaswegians a good quality of life. We will support the development of economic interventions that enhance the strength of our communities.

Through the Single Outcome Agreement, which maps out our shared priorities for partners in the city, we will work with our community planning partners to continue maintain a key focus that addresses youth unemployment. We will work with economic development structures and our educational systems to ensure that our children and young people are sufficiently developed in a way that prepares them with the skills required by our communities and businesses. We will support businesses to take advantage of and grow from the assets, skills and enthusiasm of our young people. At the same time, we will support the delivery of digital skills to not only consume services but to be the producers of new goods and services, harnessing the potential of digital technologies to drive growth, stimulate innovation and improve productivity.

The primary goals of this pillar are to:

  1. Facilitate the development of creative and innovative new urban solutions that add value to the physical, social and economic fabric of Glasgow.
  2. Through a ‘New Approach to Enterprise’ support new and existing businesses to grow.
  3. Initiate a post-industrial city sub-group with our 100RC partners to share and learn from best practice.
  4. Tackle poverty, including in-work poverty and in-work-progression, preventing and mitigating the impacts of poverty for and with Glaswegians.
  5. Continue to increase the skill levels of Glasgow’s working age population.

4

Build capacity among citizens and decision-makers to apply resilience thinking.

We will promote civic participation, trust and a resilience culture between Glaswegians and the institutions that serve them.

We are proud of our trusted institutions and will build upon them to ensure a fair and equitable approach towards all Glaswegians. We will encourage and support a resilient vision at the heart of every public facing institution to ensure we are strong for the future. Glasgow’s success is reliant on the systems and institutions that deliver services. To ensure the city runs smoothly, it is essential that Glaswegians receive the support and services they need and that these services are targeted appropriately.

Through the Transforming Glasgow programme, we are reshaping the way services are delivered to better meet the needs of Glaswegians. The focus is on developing more resilient service delivery mechanisms that are fit for purpose, agile and responsive in the context of financial challenges, legislative changes and city priorities.

The primary goals of this pillar are to:

  1. Build capacity among citizens and decision-makers, enabling them to apply resilience thinking to their daily work and lives.
  2. Identify the opportunities for resilience building associated with devolution of powers to and from the City Council.

Our Resilience Team

  • Alastair Brown

    Chief Resilience Officer

  • Duncan Booker

    Sustainable Glasgow Manager

  • Frankie Barrett

    Sustainable Glasgow Officer

  • Julie Robertson

    Sustainable Glasgow Assistant Manager

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