Glasgow City Council's Neighbourhoods and Sustainability Section is home to the Neighbourhood Improvement and Enforcement Service. This team deliver a range of initiatives which aim to clean up Glasgow making it a cleaner place for people to work, for children to play and for everyone to visit.
The Neighbourhood Improvement and Enforcement Service (NIES) has an integral role in delivering the aims and objectives of Neighbourhoods and Sustainability at a local level.
NIES works with individuals, residents groups, schools and businesses, educating and encouraging them to take an active role in addressing local neighbourhood environmental issues.
From community clean-ups to open space enhancement, the service supports activities that, besides improving the environment, can help to reduce antisocial behaviour.
Our NIES Officers regularly visit schools and community groups around the city to talk about keeping Glasgow clean, as well as providing equipment and support for clean-ups.
A good example of how NIES can help stimulate community interest in cleaning a litter hotspot was the development of #givinganhour litter pick events which have been successfully delivered throughout the city.
If you would like to organise a cleanup in your area please download and complete the NIES service request form [501kb] and send to; commsafetyNIES@glasgow.gov.uk
In response to the litter issues within Penilee, NIES planned a multi partner Community Litter Pick based at the local Community Centre. We contacted Glasgow Life, McDonald's, Southside Housing, GHA and Capability Scotland, who all supported the event. Schools were on holiday at the time but are normally keen to participate in similar events.
40 local people took part in the event including Elected Members, the Clean Up was promoted using the social media tag #givinganhour for Penilee and we encouraged those taking part to take pictures using a Social Media Frame and post using the tag "#givinganhour for Penilee". With participants posting on their own social media, as well as the Council Page, it resulted in far greater reach and spread the message further.
Our Communications and Marketing Team developed posters and the social media boards as well as taking photographs and posting on twitter and facebook to publicise the initiative.
After the Litter Pick everyone was invited back to the Community Centre where the Committee had put on hot filled rolls and drinks for participants.
This type of event provides a networking opportunity to build relationships between partners and promotes interest in future events.
The service also runs the Neighbourhood Improvement Volunteers for groups and individuals interested in improving their local environment. Just follow the link above to find out more.
If you're interested in inviting NIES to your school, business or community group, or if you'd like to become a NIV, please get in contact. Give us a call 0141 276 7400 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.