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The Hope Triangle Project

It is a year since the Hope Triangle project was created. During that time the Working Group set up to carry out the project has merged with the Oxgangs Health Action Group and evolved into the Hope Triangle Health Group holding their first annual general meeting on 18 February 2013, when they adopted a constitution and appointed office bearers.  The Hope Triangle space is now being used for refelection, health information and environmental projects such as the pathways with scented borders.  The Action Group have started a fruit border, bulb plant and who could miss the twinkling C.D messages of hope or resist sitting on our turf seats. Last year some of the Health Group members attended the Diabetic Conference, Womans Day Conference, Homieopathy Consultation and the Thyroid Support Group. This year members will be attending the Scottish Government Suicide & Self Harm consultation with the intent of organising a local consultation on this subject on Monday 15th April 2013 in the Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre. For those interested in more hands-on activities in Hope Triangle there will be more joinery workshops and hedge-laying, this time targeting women. We are also looking to create a Youth Health Group. 

Hope Triangle 2012 

   

For those not in the know, the area that was initially referred to as the ‘Green Triangle’ and now called the ‘Hope Triangle’ is the triangular piece of ground that forms part of the boundary line to the rear of residential properties in Firrhill Drive and Greenbank Road.  Access to the area is from Firrhill Drive next to the road bridge crossing the Braid burn at the Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre. In fact the burn marks the third side of the triangle. 

This plot of land shown in our pictures initially belonged to the City Council and formed part of the area involved in the Central Oxgangs Regeneration Scheme, which resulted in the demolition of the Allermuir, Caerketton and Capelaw high rise tower blocks.

   

View of entry to triangle from Firrhill Drive

 

View of triangle from south-west corner

 

 The land was transferred to Dunedin-Canmore Housing Association (DCHA) and a mixture of low rise flats and terraced housing was built on the site. The triangle forms part of the site that has been retained for common landscaping and is owned by the housing association.

DCHA are keen to see this area enhanced and put to leisure use by the local community. Firrhill Community Council (FCC) has been involved in discussions with DCHA and the Lochan Local Residents Association on promoting this space as a useful local amenity. Initial discussions identified a desire to create a community garden and whilst this was supported by DCHA, it was on the condition that volunteers within the community would maintain it.

 

With this in mind it was proposed to divide the space into ‘allotments’ allocated to different community groups so that they could share responsibility for ensuring the area was properly maintained and fostering neighbourhood partnership working. What was done with the allotted space would be up to each group but the area would be open to the public to walk round and enjoy the space. That all started in 2009 but like most things in life, obstacles arise and things happen. Problems that arose in the area and objections from residents whose properties backed on to the site all had to be resolved.

Tragically in July 2011, a young man took his own life in the triangle, which placed a different perspective on the plans.  His was not the only life within the community that had ended so tragically under similar circumstances, but the fact that it took place at this location added to the original objective and gave it a new focus.

   

View from peak of triangle towards the Braid Burn

           Art Therapy Input

Art therapists ran a series of workshops for children, adults and the wider community and work towards the construction of a tiled and mosaic decorated sign to mark the entrance to the Hope Triangle. The first launch for Hope Triangle will take place on 10th September (International Suicide Prevention Day). 

What is Art Therapy?

Art Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication. The overall aim of its practitioners is to enable a client to effect change and growth on a personal level through the use of art materials in a safe and facilitating environment. 

 Aims and objectives

The workshops were for the purpose of initiating and facilitating thinking about protective factors, resilience and hope through the use of art material and art making.  People who attended were invited to participate in making art and decorate tiles exploring such questions as: 

  • what or who is important to you?
  • what or who makes you happy?
  • who can you look to for support?
  • your wish for the future.

These two pictures show a small sample of the tiles that were created.
             

The aim of the project has been redefined to create a place of peace and reflection - a “Well Being Space” – that would be a landscaped area designed to inspire hope. Consequently a new name was given to the project – the ‘Hope Triangle’.
The following list of documents provide a history of the project and the people who were involved in its development.

Meeting held on 6th February 2012                        The Hope Triangle Brief
Meeting held on 27th February 2012
Meeting hald on 3rd April 2012                                Timetable
Meeting held on 23rd April 2012
Meeting held on 13th August 2012
Meeting held on 18th February 2013 (AGM)              Draft Constitution
Meeting held on 25th April 2013                               Development Plan 2013-15
Meeting held on 23rd May 2013
Meeting held on 29th August 2013
Meeting held on 27th February 2014                         Development Plan 2013-15 update
Meeting held on 24th April 2014
Meeting held on 24th June 2014
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Date of next meeting: 24 July 2017 at 6.00 pm
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