In January 2013, after extensive research, the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul launched a new initiative, The Space, from a shop front premises to serve the community of Govanhill in Glasgow. This is one of the most impoverished neighbourhoods in Scotland and it is also the most ethnically diverse area of Scotland. The Space offered a place of welcome where people would be listened to and supported to meet their needs. Due to the positive impact of The Space and intense level of need in the community, the Trustees formed The Louise Project in 2017 as a separate charity and company limited by guarantee and moved the project to new premises in the area.
The vision of The Louise Project is to enable individuals and families to transform their own lives and the life of their community and to intervene and change structures to take people out of poverty. To enable this to become a reality our mission is to work with the poorest people in Scotland across 5 streams of activity:
- Community Drop-in
- Building Better Futures
- Building for Social Justice
- Community Integration
- Building Community
The Vincentian values are the heart of The Louise Project and the foundation that underpins how we do everything. We acknowledge the uniqueness and value of all people and we are inspirational for those we engage with. We recognise that regardless of ability every individual has gifts to offer. We work in an accepting and compassionate way, respecting each person’s dignity and we build relationships based on trust, honesty and accountability.
We are delighted to report that we have received a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund. The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:
“I am delighted that The Louise Project has been successful in securing a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The award will make a big difference where it is needed most, and I wish The Louise Project every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”