Birse covers over 125sq. km on Deeside in the north-east of Scotland. The parish (district) has four main parts: the three scattered rural communities of Finzean, Ballogie and Birse and the largely uninhabited Forest of Birse, which covers over a quarter of the parish’s total area. The parish has around 330 households, with half of the population living in Finzean and half in Ballogie and Birse.
After 90 years of working for the community, Blantyre Miners Welfare Charitable Society’s latest challenge is to turn its recently completed, state-of-the-art Community Resource Centre into a successful, sustainable and income-generating enterprise; one that can continue to support its wide range of community activities.
Cassiltoun Housing Association started life as the Castlemilk East Housing Co-operative in 1984, when nine tenants in the Ballantay area decided to do something about the appalling conditions they were living in. With the support of Glasgow City Council, 90 of the Council’s houses were eventually transferred to ‘the co-op’, the first such housing stock transfer in Glasgow. Today Cassiltoun Housing Association is a community owned housing association managing its own stock of 1,000 houses. Its work is concerned with physical, social, environmental and economic matters, such as healthcare, crime prevention and lifelong learning initiatives and the development of skills, training, employment and social enterprise.
From the 1850s, Coalburn developed as a railway settlement associated with the local coal mines. With the closure of the last colliery in 1968 and the railway closure in 1971, the village suffered from unemployment and isolation and the population declined significantly. The Coalburn Miners’ Charitable Society, which is at the heart of the community with many of the town’s population registered as members, has an important role in providing resources and leadership. An example of a community-led initiative is the One Stop Shop which houses a community shop and food cooperative, café, and a weekly South Lanarkshire Council Question & Answer Service.
A former regeneration area, with strong industrial links, Greater Maryhill has seen a renaissance in recent years. However the community still has a poor health record, and suffers from youth gang territorialism. A diverse community, with many cultures living alongside each other, Maryhill still has the spirit of “old” Glasgow and the friendly community feel within the City Centre. Community Central Hall was built in the early 1920’s and when the building came up for sale in the early 1970’s, an action group was formed to prevent the building being sold for private development. Over the past 35 years CCH has evolved from providing community space for local organisations to providing a range of diverse and vital community services. These include pre-school nursery provision; after and out of school care; youth work; café and catering; day care and homecare for older people.
Community Links (South Lanarkshire) is an independent, not for profit, community engagement and community development organisation working with communities across South Lanarkshire, particularly the most deprived (as defined in SIMD 2012). It supports ‘community inspired regeneration’, and asset based community development. Its work includes the design and production of the Community Matters Newspaper; undertaking community and volunteer development in addition to various consultations; facilitating events; tackling food poverty; delivering environmental community projects; addressing sectarian issues via social media; communication through social marketing & media campaigns; and delivering employability support projects. It builds community capacity through the Asset Based Community Development Approach and strives to enable the development of stronger more resilient communities and individuals.
Comrie Development Trust, set up in 2006, is a charitable organisation owned and managed by local people living within the boundary of Comrie and District area – Strathearn. The aim of the Development Trust is to promote the sustainable development of the village for the benefit of local people, groups and businesses. In September 2007, the CDT purchased Cultybraggan - a Prisoner of War & Army Training Camp - encompassing 90 acres of land from the Ministry of Defence, for the benefit of the community. In addition to the buyout, the Trust has also advanced a range of projects include the Carbon Challenge project, a Youth Drama Group, a Community Cinema Club, the on-going development of a skateboarding / bike park, renewable energy projects, waste and transport related activities, music events, the creation of a Community Orchard and plans for a Community Woodland.
Established in September 2003 the organisation evolved through the drive of the local housing provider and the need to focus on regeneration and service development for the community as a whole. Connect is a catalyst and key partner for activities that address a wide range of local people’s needs including training, education, social needs, financial literacy, health, wellbeing and employment. Activities include a walking club, elderly lunch club, dance, ICT courses, various social and community events/evenings, advice and support, youth drop-in, youth holiday programmes, music/recording studio, family excursions, family support, a wide variety of volunteering opportunities and confidence building initiatives. Over the past 4 years, the Peoples Gateway project has been highly successful and supported over 600 people into work and to gain qualifications through job search, positive psychology and training courses.
In 2000 a group of local people came together to address the need for affordable housing in the Creetown area. This led to the setting up in 2004 of the Creetown Initiative to address local needs and the delivery of a range of regeneration projects to support the local economy including: environmental, renewables, sport and healthy living, community facilities, art and education. The Creetown Initiative Consultancy arm was created in 2006 when community groups elsewhere saw what was happening in Creetown and wanted assistance to carry out similar projects in their own area. The consultancy has now worked with other groups on over 80 projects across Scotland.
Ferguslie Park Housing Association, a community-based Housing Association, is the largest social landlord in Ferguslie Park with some 784 properties. In October 2006 the Association became the new owners and managers of the Tannahill Community Centre. This Centre is the hub of Ferguslie Park and is home to a wealth of community facilities including a health centre, nursery, post office, library, cafe, community hall and chemist. The Association acts as more than a landlord; it oversees local regeneration projects, training and employment projects, and community participation initiatives.With its partners in the local community and local and national government, the Association invests in the physical, social and economic regeneration of Ferguslie Park.
The organisation emerged in response to a proposal from a private developer to build a wind farm. Local people joined together to negotiate with the developer to increase the footprint of the windfarm by one additional turbine. Although Fintry Development Trust has done a lot of other things in the past few years, it is probably still best known for the relationship it has with Earlsburn Windfarm. The essence of this relationship is that the Trust, via its trading subsidiary Fintry Renewable Energy Enterprise (FREE), has a right to a ‘turbine’s worth’ of the income generated by the whole windfarm. The trading subsidiary donates the income it earns from the turbine to Fintry Development Trust and this money is used to support the work of FDT in the community.
Glenboig village is located 3 miles to the north of Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire. Its quiet rural setting belies a significant industrial heritage which included world renowned fireclay brickworks, coal mining and significant rail links.
The Glenkens Community & Arts Trust (GCAT) was formed in 2001 as a direct result of the foot and mouth outbreak which severely knocked the area. The main aim of the trust has been to transform the derelict Victorian Kells Primary School into a centre for community, cultural and business activities. Within three months the local community had contributed enough funds to purchase the building and The CatStrand was on its way. Six years, and a £1 million fundraising campaign later, the building opened in September 2007. Named The CatStrand after the small stream which used to run underneath the building, the centre provides a wide range of quality arts, community and training activities for the residents of the Glenkens as well as being a tourist attraction in its own right.
The commitment of local people to music and culture led during 1980s to, first, the Glenuig Music Festival, and then the establishment of the Glenuig Community Association. The Association has now delivered the purpose-built Glenuig Hall to house its extensive arts programme and other community’s activities. It’s now branching out into other social enterprises, and using its activities and the income generated to invest in the community’s future.
The Trust was established in 1996, following previous work by local organisations from the late 80’s to support people made unemployed by the shipyard closures. Its Mission: to create jobs; remove obstacles; provide services. It has grown into a community enterprise that employs over 100 local people, with a turnover of £3 million, and provides training, care and regeneration services to community and business across Inverclyde. The Trust owns and operates a number of premises and community hubs throughout the area, with central bases in Greenock and Port Glasgow. It remains firmly rooted in the community, and committed to meeting the needs and aspirations of local people, and by giving the community a voice The Trust has changed the landscape of regeneration.
In summer 2001, 18 hectares of land on the outskirts of Port Charlotte on the Isle of Islay was put on the open market. The land consisted of a football pitch that was well used, highly valued and maintained by the local football team. The possible loss of this facility galvanised residents to research the possibility of the community purchasing the land. To this end, in October 2001, the community created Iomairt Chille Chomain. Iomairt Chille Chomain is entirely community led and now owns and manages the land which includes 2 crofts, an area of grassland managed for corncrake, the football pitch, a campsite, a modern high specification play park and the Port Mòr Centre.
The community of Kirkshaws is located at the southern edge of Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire. Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre (KNC) was established in 1989 with support from Urban Aid funding to convert an ‘old housing stock’ 3 storey tenement into a community facility. Over the years there have been significant changes in the areas physical appearance, in particular through improvements to existing housing stock and the construction of new properties. KNC recognises that ‘bricks and mortar don’t make a community’ and improved housing alone has not addressed some of the underlying issues experienced by local people. KNC tries to provide support to meet the priorities of local people.
The Foundation was established in 1997 and with the help of many supporters bought out the remains of the Knoydart estate in 1999.Since then it has created significant assets for the whole community and we have 11 properties which are rented out at affordable rents, support community development, operate a ranger service and provide support for tourists and visitors, run a hydro-electric scheme (no grid connection here) and other services, run a bunkhouse, operate a small shop, have a venison butchery business, lease land and buildings, and manage the wild deer herd. With the support of its trading subsidiaries, The Foundation has become largely financially self-sufficient, and is now looking towards its next series of developments.