Annexe Communities (known locally as The Annexe) is a community-led health and wellbeing charity. We support people to improve their own health and wellbeing, particularly older people and those living with long term health conditions. We also help local groups to build their capacity, and local people who want to volunteer.
Annexe Communities began life as Partick Community Association in 1986. Residents petitioned Glasgow City Council and secured the lease of The Annexe building in Stewartville Street in 1998. Lottery funding enabled the community association to establish a thriving and enterprising Healthy Living Centre. The healthy eating café became the hub – as it is today, serving the local community healthy and affordable meals. Glasgow City Council’s funding also enabled residents’ access to health and wellbeing activities.
- Lunch for Less
- SPRING Social Prescribing Project
- Partick & Thornwood Ideas Fund (PB)
- Step Forward Project
- Younity Project
Healthy Living Initiatives ran from 2006 to 2020, funded by Glasgow City Council integrated grants. Annexe staff worked across Townhead, Anderston, Yorkhill, Whiteinch and Partick developing and delivering health and wellbeing activities including physical activities, stress management and healthy cooking workshops.
From 2011 to 2019 the Connects Project operated with Lottery funding - working with older people in the community to develop and deliver an exciting programme of activities to reduce loneliness and tackle isolation. Many activities were supported by volunteers who, through their involvement in the project, gained confidence to help others and give something back to their community. Partick Pluckers ukulele group is one example. Another is the Knit n Natter group. The global travels of their knitted penguins are a whole other story! Many groups continue their activities today as volunteer-led groups as a legacy of the Connects Project.
AXIS Health Hubs ran from 2012 to 2020, a community health initiative delivered in partnership with another healthy living centre and funded by a NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde contract. The Annexe worked in Drumchapel and Easterhouse, involving people in healthy cooking workshops and activities such as Health Issues in the Community courses. A key part was building the capacity of local volunteers to enable them to develop and run their own community group.
Aim for Less (2017-2020) was a Climate Challenge Funded project addressing food waste. It worked with residents to raise awareness and promote positive behaviour change through group work and food waste initiatives. The project utilised surplus supermarket food to create healthy three course lunch club meals for older people. These lunch clubs continue today and are more popular than ever.