About Us


Community Links Scotland (CLS) is a charitable, not-for-profit, voluntary organisation established by a Forum of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in 2002. We provide regeneration consultancy services for RSLs in addition to carrying out consultancy work for not-for-profit independent voluntary and community organisations throughout Scotland.

We build strong relationships with many of our clients, providing information, support and practical assistance at various stages of a client's idea.



Funding


CLS are funded through a combination of client membership fees, grants from government agencies and external consultancy work. The Board of Directors use a full cost recovery system to charge out CLS at a competitive non profit distributing rate.



Annual Reports


Annual Report 2008-09
Annual Report 2009-10
Annual Report 2010-11

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History

Launch of CLS

Community Links Scotland (CLS) was established in 2002 following an 18 month feasibility study period which itself followed on from the introduction of Wider Action by Scottish Homes in 2000. West Dunbartonshire Voluntary Housing Forum established Community Links West Dunbartonshire to work with West Dunbartonshire RSLs but ongoing expansion of activity areas meant a change of name in 2005 to Community Links Scotland.

CLS were established where RSLs and community groups considered they could not take on a regeneration project due to real or perceived barriers of no information, no time, no staff or no funding.

The vast majority of CLS's work is now with community groups, community associations, and voluntary organisations, rather than just RSLs themselves.

Management Board

The elected Board of directors is comprised of Management Committee members and community representatives from many of our clients. Board meetings are held every two months with a variety of sub committee meetings also in place.



Sandra Loney Paisley South Housing Association (Chair)
Jim Weir Paisley South Housing Association (Vice Chair)
Laurie Mackay Dalmuir Park Housing Association (Treasurer)
Ann McGowan Knowes Housing Association
Sephton MacQuire Dunbritton Housing Association
Meg Harrison Faifley Housing Association
Terry Smalls Co-opted
CLS Management Board

CLS Staff


CLS has a staff team of nine, who together have a varied and diverse background of skills that include: funding procurement, community development, economic development, community capacity building, participation and consultation techniques, community art, project management, urban/rural regeneration and landscape architecture. All our project staff have an established base of experience in the social / voluntary / community / housing sectors. Our staff can work in isolation, or in partnership with staff from an RSL, community group or relevant agency.




Stephen Singer

Director

Stephen has worked with RSLs and community groups for more than twenty years. With a post graduate diploma in housing, Stephen initially worked as a Research and Development officer with Thenew HA before establishing the post of community development officer at Cordale HA. Involved from the outset of CLS, Stephen combines managing the organisation with identifying and developing new project and client work.




Christine Menhennet

Project Manager

Christine is a Chartered Landscape Architect (MLI). Having spent many years working in both the public and private sectors and four years managing the Wise Group Design Team she moved into development work. This took her to Argyll and Bute where she was Manager of the Council’s Employability Team.




Louise Bacon

Project Manager

Louise is a Chartered Landscape Architect (MLI) with a post graduate qualification in Urban Regeneration and over ten years experience as a landscape architect in both the private and public sector. Prior to joining CLS Louise worked for The Groundwork Trust - an environmental regeneration charity in Merseyside.




Suzannah Roberts

Project Manager

Originally from Australia, Suzannah completed a BSc Applied Science (Economic Geography) with first class honours at the University of New South Wales. She initially worked as a transport planner in Sydney before moving into a role in small town revitalisation in rural Australia. In 2003 Suzannah relocated to Scotland, facilitating Community Planning Groups in Greater Easterhouse for two years prior to commencing her current role as Project Manager with Community Links Scotland.




Stephen Horsburgh

Project Officer

Stephen is a Project Officer within CLS and has worked for community based groups and user-lead organisations for the past 15 years. Over the past 7 years with CLS, Stephen has assisted with development and co-ordination of community based projects and has specialised in identifying and securing funding. Stephen has an interest in community led environmental projects and has wide experience in consultation, planning and implementation of projects to improve facilities and services.




Ali Smith

Project Officer

Ali has a degree in Community Arts and eleven years experience working with a diverse range of community groups and individuals. More recently she has worked in community development and regeneration, more specifically developing projects that involve community consultation. Ali is involved in environmental and arts projects working within urban and rural areas of Scotland.




Alison Shaw

Financial Officer

Alison has a range of financial experience having previously worked with the Abbey National, Royal Bank Of Scotland and previously the National Australia Group. Alison establishes databases and supports staff by providing statistical, spreadsheet and financial assistance.




Janette Devlin

Volunteer and Training Coordinator

Janette has a degree in Community Learning & Development and joined Streetlinks as a Senior Detached Youth Worker in 2008. She has worked within the voluntary and private sector for 14 years and has worked with community groups of adults & young people in a variety of roles that includes youth work, community regeneration, employability, community engagement and training.