Hous­ing ac­tivist takes top hon­our

‘Re­mark­able woman’ Anna’s ef­forts are recog­nised

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A hous­ing ac­tivist has been crowned Glas­gow’s fe­male cam­paigner of the year.

Anna Stu­art, 75, who founded the Castlemilk East Hous­ing Co­op­er­a­tive in 1984 is the city’s first re­cip­i­ent of the Mary Barbour Award.

The award hon­ours women like leg­endary 1915 rents cam­paigner Mary Barbour who fought for a bet­ter deal for peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The Mary Barbour Award was launched ear­lier this year by Park­head Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with the Wheat­ley Group, to recog­nise the unique cam­paign­ing role of women work­ing in the vol­un­tary sec­tor across Glas­gow.

Anna, a mother of six, moved to Castlemilk more than 30 years ago.

Shocked by the poor hous­ing she en­coun­tered, she be­gan cam­paign­ing for im­prove­ments and formed one of the city’s first hous­ing co-op­er­a­tives.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion later changed its sta­tus to be­come a char­ity and was re­named Cas­sil­toun Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Anna is cur­rently the as­so­ci­a­tion’s board chair­per­son and con­tin­ues to lobby, lo­cally and na­tion­ally, for a bet­ter deal for lo­cal peo­ple on a range of is­sues from bus ser­vices to wel­fare.

Glas­gow’s Lord Provost Sadie Docherty, chair of the judg­ing panel, pre­sented Anna with an en­graved crys­tal rose bowl at the award cer­e­mony held at the Pearce In­sti­tute.

Anna was also awarded £1000 to do­nate to a com­mu­nity group of her choice and a cer­tifi­cate. Her name is also the first to grace the Mary Barbour Shield.

Anna Stu­art MBE said: “I am truly hon­oured to have been nominated and men­tioned in the same breath as Mary Barbour, never mind win­ning the award.

“Tonight has high­lighted the ded­i­cated role women play in Glas­gow. I con­grat­u­late my fel­low nom­i­nees and thank the or­gan­is­ers for pro­mot­ing the work of women in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“I have been sup­ported by many peo­ple over the past 35 years and with­out their help, I would not be re­ceiv­ing this award which I ded­i­cate to Castlemilk”.

The Lord Provost said: “Huge con­grat­u­la­tions to Anna, who is a de­serv­ing win­ner.

“I’ve known her for a long, long time and she’s a re­mark­able woman. She’s trans­formed the de­liv­ery of so­cial hous­ing lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

“Her in­flu­ence on how hous­ing is man­aged has made a last­ing and pos­i­tive in­flu­ence to count­less peo­ple’s lives across the coun­try.”

Jim Strang Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Park­head Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “We all know and love the strong women in our com­mu­ni­ties – the women pre­pared to stand up for oth­ers and fight aus­ter­ity and poverty.

“They are as nec­es­sary now as in Mary Barbour’s time.”

The judg­ing panel also in­cluded the Chair­woman of Park­head Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Mrs Su­san McKe­own, for­mer MP Maria Fyfe and coun­cil­lor John Kane, both from the Re­mem­ber Mary Barbour As­so­ci­a­tion and Ms Maureen Dow­den from the Wheat­ley Group.

Cer­tifi­cate Anna Stu­art re­ceives her Mary Barbour Award from Glas­gow provost Sadie Docherty

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