2017 – Shawlands Community Clean-ups

We are pleased to inform you that we are going to start Shawlands Community Clean-ups in collaboration with Shawlands Academy.  The aim is to keep Shawlands Academy and surrounding streets tidy.

We will also encourage and educate youth to dispose waste responsible while they are at school and at home.

Please find the dates below for 2017 clean-ups


2017 – Pollokshields Community Clean-ups

Hope everyone had a great 2016 and looking forward to 2017. Huge thanks to each and everyone of you for your support throughout 2016 and hope you will continue to support over the next 12 months to keep Pollokshields tidy.

You have made a huge difference, flytipping has decreased by 35% and this wouldn’t have been possible without your hard work.  so again huge thank you to each and everyone of you.

Please find the dates below for 2017 Clean-ups


Keep Scotland Beautiful Visit

Tahir visited keep Scotland Beautiful offices in Stirling last Friday. I met with Nicola and discussed the work we do in Pollokshields and if there are any best practice she can share with us.

I shared the work we do and we do it. She was very impressed by our work and how we do it.

She shared materials from Keep Scotland Beautiful and assured us that Keep Scotland Beautiful will continue to provide us support. 

Tahir thanked Nicola for her excellent support and is looking forward to continue to work with her.

Housing Trainee – Maryhill Housing Association


A Housing Traineeship is available with Maryhill Housing Association, 45 Garrioch Rd, Glasgow G20 8RG
Traineeship Reference: 2017001
Traineeship Name: Housing Trainee – Maryhill Housing Association

PATH (Scotland) is offering a thirty-six month Positive Action Training Scheme, which has been specifically designed to redress the under-representation of black and minority ethnic communities in employment in Scottish Housing.  PATH works in collaboration with Local Authority Housing Departments and Registered Social Landlords across Scotland to provide our housing training opportunities. This traineeship is in partnership with Maryhill Housing Association

The Training involves:
Thirty-six month’s work experience / specialist qualifications and professional membership / training allowance (£9,500 in year one, £10,500 in year two, £12,000 in year 3).  This allowance is exempt from tax and national insurance.

At the end of the programme, trainees can compete for jobs in the Scottish Housing sector.

Applicants should:

  • Be from Black and Minority Ethnic Communities and committed to a housing career.
  • Be willing to undertake a demanding training and study programme over thirty-six months –

4 days work experience (between Monday and Friday) inclusive of 1 day’s attendance at college or university during the academic year.

Applicants should have:

  • Experience of property repairs
  • Experience of contract management
  • Customer service
  • Technical building industry skills – either trades based or surveying based
  • IT skills
  • Excellent literary skills
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Confident communication written and verbal

A basic disclosure check will also be carried out.

Click here for an Application and here for a Person Specification.

To view Maryhill Housing Associations most recent Annual Report, please click here.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  Thursday 16th February at 1.00pm
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 23rd  February at Maryhill Housing Association
For further information and an application pack, please contact:
PATH (Scotland), 19 Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow, G3 6EQ
Tel:  0141 332 9477                  Fax:  0141 331 2640
E-mail: recruitment@pathscotland.org.uk    Web: www.pathscotland.org.uk

This scheme is promoted under section 158 of the Equality Act 2010 and is currently supported by The Scottish Government and Local Authorities and Housing Associations across Scotland.

PATH (Scotland) is a Registered Scottish Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee.
Registered Office19 Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow, G3 6EQ.
Registered in Scotland Number: 194698      Scottish Charity Number: SCO28889

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling

In our recent research into public attitudes to littering, almost 7 out of 10 people rated dog fouling as the item on our streets, parks and beaches that bothered them most.  And, with around 9 million dogs in the UK, producing over 1,000 tonnes of excrement per day, it’s easy to see why we have a problem. 

Not cleaning up after your dog is also illegal as a result of The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003.  In 2016 the fixed penalty for leaving dog fouling was increased to £80, and can in some cases lead to conviction and a fine of up to £500.

In addition to being a nuisance to pedestrians and walkers, dog fouling can also be dangerous to people’s health.  The biggest risk is an infection from the roundworm which spreads toxocariasis, symptoms of which include dizziness and nausea, but in worse cases, eye damage and seizures.


What you can do:

  • If you see someone allowing their dog to foul and if you feel safe, politely but firmly encourage them to clear up after their dog. Offer them a bag if you happen to be carrying any.
  • If you don’t feel that you can approach someone, report dog fouling to your local authority – particularly if you know who is letting their dog foul regularly.
  • If you are a dog owner yourself, worm your dog regularly.
  • Use a public bin if you can’t find a dog foul bin.
  • Follow the golden rules: Grab it, bag it, bin it. Any bin will do.


What we’re doing:

  • We are coordinating a national stakeholder group to ensure that dog fouling is tackled in a strategic and coordinated way. With delegates representing a wide body of organisations, from community groups to The Dog’s Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage, we are developing an action plan to ensure that dog fouling remains as a priority.  Read more about this and view the report.
  • Our ‘We’re Watching You’ research, in conjunction with NFU Scotland, demonstrated a 50% decrease in dog fouling on farmland. If you are inspired to tackle and monitor dog fouling yourself, download our We’re Watching You toolkit to help to develop your own campaign.



Keep Scotland Beautiful – Neat Streets success

The results of KSB’s latest anti-littering project show that many of the interventions proved a great success. The outcomes, which have been released in a summary report, show a 24 percent increase in brightly wrapped bin use and a reduction in cigarette litter following the installation of ‘vote with your butt’ bins.

For the first time in Scotland, it brought industry, the City council, charities, local businesses and people together – united in the vision of their community becoming litter free.  KSB partners, Hubbub, who originally conceived and trialled the concept in London, were instrumental to the project’s success, as were the City of Edinburgh Council and the Greater Grassmarket Improvement District.

Neat Streets, based in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh, was a project designed to influence littering behaviours by nudging people to dispose of their waste correctly.  The campaign ran over three phases between May and August 2016, with the aim of increasing civic pride and reducing the problem of litter with a series of highly visible activities in the Grassmarket. Black bins were transformed with bright colours attracting the attention of those using the Grassmarket area at night, voting bins were installed for cigarette litter and dark alleyways adorned with flourescent eyes to deter anti-social behaviour, among other interventions.

The key findings over the three phases include:

  • The project being consistently visible, and engaging with new audiences, whether people noticed litter or not;
  • An immediate, short term impact as a result of banners, lamppost wraps and planters, and cigarette bins;
  • 55% of people seeing one or more of the interventions during the project;
  • The brightly coloured wrapped bins showed on average a 24% increase in use.

Carole Noble, Operations Director at Keep Scotland Beautiful said: “The fundamental aim of the Neat Streets initiative was to raise awareness of, and reduce, litter which the project has achieved.

“Litter is an anti-social problem which is a genuine concern for communities throughout Scotland so any campaign which brings residents and businesses together with a common goal of tackling this issue is hugely important to civic pride.

“Keep Scotland Beautiful is delighted the Neat Streets project has generated results which we can use to look forward and build on in the future.  We know clean up campaigns work when communities are encouraged to take pride in the environment around them, so we will aim to do more of this.”

Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Hinds, said: “We are constantly striving to improve the appearance of our streets for residents, visitors and tourists alike, which is a particular challenge during the Festival season. By working with Keep Scotland Beautiful during the summer we were able to explore new and innovative ways of encouraging the public to dispose of their rubbish responsibly, helping to create a more tidy and welcoming environment for everyone.

“We have been able to use this experience to influence Our Edinburgh, our ongoing campaign to discourage anti-social behaviour like fly-tipping and litter-dropping, which encourages social responsibility and makes use of some of the creative approaches adopted by Neat Streets, such as the popular ballot bins.”

Read more about the project here.

This article has been taken from Keep Scotland Beautiful website.