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ACT Argyll is Go!

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A new partnership between Dunbritton Housing Association, West Highland Housing Association and Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust has secured the funding support needed to launch ACT Argyll with teams in Helensburgh and Oban. Read More

Community Landscaping, Project Management, Training & Employment

Watchmeal Crescent improvements start with site clearance and creating community art

Watchmeal Crescent improvements start with site clearance and creating community art

The improvement works at Watchmeal Crescent in Faifley started in October and the contractor has completed site clearance works preparing the area for the new look. ...

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CLS, Training & Employment, Youth Work

CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

It was time for all of our volunteers to meet again and reflect on their work in 2013, share with us their ideas on how our volunteering service could improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements. ...

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Community Halls, Funding

CLS involved in successful bids securing £2.35million for projects in disadvantaged communities

CLS involved in successful bids securing £2.35million for projects in disadvantaged communities

Scottish Government announced the successful applicants of a new regeneration fund that we were involved in submitting bids to and we’re delighted that Barmulloch Community Residents Centre, Cadder Community Centre and Forgewood Community Centre have been awarded £2.35 million in total to help them transform into modern community hubs that p...

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CLS, Training & Employment, Youth Work

Testimonial: Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club

Testimonial: Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club

We have been providing a lot of training and volunteering opportunities in the recent years and we have helped a number of youth and community groups set up and run projects that improve life in local communities. Angela Mckell from the Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club, one of such organisations, has sent us her comment […] ...

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CLS, Training & Employment

Volunteer Case Study: Morag

One of our key aims is to support volunteers to gain crucial work based experience skills and access a comprehensive relevant training programme which equips them to help meet the needs of their local community and a progression route into further training/education or employment. Morag is a mature volunteer who came to CLS to enquire […] ...

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Business Plans, Community Halls

Pollokshields Portacabin Presents Problems

Pollokshields Portacabin Presents Problems

We have recently started work with Southside Housing Association and the Nan McKay Community Hall Management Group, preparing a business plan and assisting with the development of a stage 1 Growing Community Assets fund bid.  ...

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CLS, Funding

Chocolate Fueled Bid Frenzy

Chocolate Fueled Bid Frenzy

It was ‘all hands on deck’ in the CLS office in late August and early September for round two of the Big Lottery Fund’s Support & Connect Programme. Building on our success in round one, when we secured approximately £500,000 in funding for client projects supporting Starter Packs Inverclyde, tackling fuel poverty in Inverclyde and [&hel...

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Community Regeneration, Funding

Client Profile: June Glancy – Starter Packs Inverclyde

Client Profile: June Glancy - Starter Packs Inverclyde

Starter Packs Inverclyde provide basic packs of household items to people who are starting their first tenancy after a period of homelessness. CLS supported the organisation’s bid for the first round of the  Big Lottery’s Support and Connect fund and we were successful at securing £93,780. We asked June Glancy, the organisation’...

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Community Regeneration, Funding

Making Advice Work for People in Inverclyde

With an increasing number of people experiencing serious debt and money problems through welfare reform measures, Scottish Government and Money Advice Scotland have responded by offering funding to front line advice providers for additional support and intervention to help those in greatest need. ...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Ali Smith – Project Officer

Staff Profile: Ali Smith - Project Officer

In the last newsletter, we profiled one of the two project officers at CLS. This time, it’s the turn of the second one – Ali Smith. Ali has a degree in Community Arts and 13 years experience working with a diverse range of community groups and individuals.  She joined us in 2006 and is involved […] ...

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Community Regeneration, Consultations, Marketing

Plans for Improvements of Broomhill

Plans for Improvements of Broomhill

CLS have been recently appointed to work with MAST Architects on a series of consultations in the Broomhill area of Greenock. Together with TGP Landscape Architects, MAST are working with the Broomhill community and a specially formed design group to prepare an area study that will set out ideas and guidelines that will transform the […] ...

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CLS, Community Halls, Funding

New Ground for CLS

New Ground for CLS

We are delighted to have started a piece of work with Blair Atholl Village Hall committee. The village is lucky enough to have a beautiful and spacious facility in the centre of the historic village. ...

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Community Landscaping, Consultations, RSL

Roots ‘n’ Shoots is Growing

Roots ‘n’ Shoots is Growing

With the assistance of development funding from BIG Lottery, we are currently working with Hillhead Housing Association 2000 to develop their Community Growing Project and to prepare a Stage 2 Community Spaces application. The project will involve slightly differing community growing facilities on two different sites. ...

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Training & Employment, Youth Work

Youth Workers and Volunteers Develop Their Skills

Youth Workers and Volunteers Develop Their Skills

Our first SQA accredited course, the PDA in Youth Work, is well underway with the group of volunteers completing the first unit (Engaging With Young People). So far they have enjoyed the new learning experience and some of them having to work hard at starting to learn again after a few years of not formalising […] ...

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Community Landscaping, RSL

Training with Dunbritton

Training with Dunbritton

Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA) couldn’t be more pleased with the development of their Growing our Own project since it started this year. The Employability Team has installed seven benches around the Leven Street area of Alexandria, made possible with a grant from The Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund. The replacement of worn dilapidated ...

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Funding

Whitecrook Community Garden Grows into Success

Whitecrook Community Garden Grows into Success

In 2010, local volunteer Carolanne Stewart just wanted a bit of ground to work with kids and do a bit of planting. By 2013, her bit of ground has turned into a hugely successful community garden which not only produces veggies and herbs to be used by the local community but also provides teaching and […] ...

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CLS, Funding

CLS Celebrating Funding Success

CLS Celebrating Funding Success

Despite the background of cuts affecting public and community projects, 2012-13 was our most successful year to date in facilitating funding for client projects. We secured a total of £2.9m in funding across 28 different projects, the largest single amount in any one financial year over the last 11 years – a fantastic return on […] ...

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CLS, Community Regeneration

CLS Supporting SURF Awards Winners

CLS Supporting SURF Awards Winners

Nominations for the SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration are now open and applications can be submitted up till 19 August. This year, the winners will be offered an opportunity to work with a consultancy firm who will provide 2 days of support to help them develop their projects. ...

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Training & Employment

Positive Achievements Celebrate a Successful Year

Positive Achievements Celebrate a Successful Year

This month saw a very successful day of a staff development event for the newly branded Positive Achievements (formally Positive Alternatives) department within East Dunbartonshire Council. The group were completing their work for the year at a fantastic celebration of the young people’s achievements throughout the year. ...

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Training & Employment

First SQA Accredited Course to Start in Summer

First SQA Accredited Course to Start in Summer

Our first course run as an SQA centre will be the PDA in Youth Work that’s starting this summer. We’ve gone through an extensive application process to be established as an accredited training centre by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and we can now deliver a range of courses that are intended to develop people’s skills […] ...

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Funding, Project Development

Volunteering in North Lanarkshire

Volunteering in North Lanarkshire

With the support of Community Links Scotland, Garrion People’s Housing Co‑op (GPHC) and their project partners Gowkthraple Organisation for Leisure and Development (GOLD) have been successful in securing approximately £47,000 from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund and £9,000 from the Voluntary Action Fund’s Volunteer S...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Stephen Horsburgh – Project Officer

Staff Profile: Stephen Horsburgh - Project Officer

For this issue of the newsletter, we chose one of our project officers to answer a few questions about their job and life. Stephen Horsburgh has been at CLS for just over 10 years and consumes about 80% of office tea supplies. He also helps with project funding and he was partly responsible for our […] ...

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Business Plans, Consultations, Funding

Forgewood’s Future

Forgewood's Future

Community Links Scotland staff and volunteers have been hitting the streets of Forgewood recently to find out the local community’s views on Forgewood Community Centre and how it can be improved. ...

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Streetlinks, Training & Employment, Youth Work

Volunteers Help at Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games

Volunteers Help at Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games

The Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games was a fantastic start to Volunteers Week on the 1st June 2013. Twenty two volunteers aged between 11 and 55+ donated their time to help out with the games on the day. The day started for some at half past seven and went on untill half past five. ...

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Streetlinks, Youth Work

France, Here We Come!

France, Here We Come!

It was hot, sticky and hard to tackle in one go! No, not an oversized helping of sticky toffee pudding but the sponsored hillwalk undertaken by the Ten2Ten group a couple of weekends ago! ...

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Funding, Training & Employment

Making it Work in Inverclyde

Making it Work in Inverclyde

Through our support, three projects in Inverclyde focused on getting people off benefits and back into work have secured £419,713 from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund. These projects, delivered in partnership with locally based organisations will use a variety of tools to support and engage with local residents in one of th...

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Community Landscaping, Funding, Project Management

Watchmeal Works Ready to Start

Watchmeal Works Ready to Start

Following our consultation events last year, and the design work that we have undertaken, Knowes Housing Association’s application to the Big Lottery Community Spaces was successful. This means that funding was awarded to undertake a complete transformation of the communal space to the rear of Watchmeal Crescent. In addition to this, we were succ...

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Funding

Growing our Own

Growing our Own

One of our successful People and Communities Fund applications approved earlier this year was a submission made on behalf of Dunbritton Housing Association (DHA). The Growing Our Own project will not only enable DHA to continue their now well established programme of landscaping activities being implemented through an employment training project, b...

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Business Plans, Funding

Pier Pressure

Pier Pressure

We recently completed an options study for Taynuilt Community Council (TCC). This has been an interesting commission which arose from Taynuilt residents’ concern about the increasing misuse of the former ferry pier and adjacent ground. The pier and ground are currently in private ownership having been until recently used for a mussel farming busi...

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Funding, Project Management

Pulses are up in Taynuilt (and our first SCIO)

Pulses are up in Taynuilt (and our first SCIO)

Pulses are rising in Taynuilt where volunteers of the dedicated and hard working Taynuilt Sports Council (TSC) are finally about to see the site start for the build of their new sports pavilion. For a small village 12 miles outside Oban, Taynuilt punches above its weight when it comes to sport. ...

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Funding

Here to Help

Here to Help

An increasing number of people are starting to feel the impacts of welfare reform with reduced entitlements in housing benefit and the introduction of the benefits cap resulting in reduced income and debt and money problems for people already struggling with finances. More tenants and homeowners affected by rent and mortgage arrears are facing home...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Suzannah Roberts – Project Manager

Staff Profile: Suzannah Roberts - Project Manager

For this issue of the newsletter, we picked one of our project managers to profile in our regular series of articles introducing members of staff. Suzannah – or Suz as she’s known around the office – has been with Community Links since 2005 with one short break when she went back to her homeland of […] ...

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Streetlinks, Youth Work

Youth Group Fundraising to Go to France

Youth Group Fundraising to Go to France

Ten2Ten is a youth project in West Dunbartonshire which involves young people organising a French exchange programme. Last year, ten young people from the twinned town of Beauvoisin in the south of France came to spend two weeks with their Scottish counterparts and the event was a great success. Now it’s the West Dunbartonshire young […] ...

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Community Action Plans

Drop in Dunbeg

Drop in Dunbeg

A village face lift, a revival of the former shinty pitch and a community centre for Dunbeg were just some of the project plans highlighted in the new community action plan for Dunbeg which CLS prepared for West Highland Housing Association (WHHA). These projects also featured on our project implementation boards for a community day […] ...

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Streetlinks, Youth Work

Whitecrook re-CYCLE Programme to Encourage Young People to Get on Their Bikes

Whitecrook re-CYCLE Programme to Encourage Young People to Get on Their Bikes

A West Dunbartonshire Councillor launched a youth work programme based in the area of Whitecrook that aims to encourage young people to be more active and gain useful skills and confidence. Cllr Kath Ryall met with CLS’s youth workers before the first streetwork session that aimed to recruit young people for re-CYCLE – a bike […] ...

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Streetlinks, Training & Employment

Youth Groups Complete a Community Development Course

Youth Groups Complete a Community Development Course

21 young volunteers graduated from the University of Glasgow Activate course Three community youth groups from Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire completed a 50-hours community learning and development course ran by University of Glasgow and Community Links Scotland over the last months and were presented with their certificates at a graduatio...

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CLS, Project Development

We Can Do ‘By Canoe’

We Can Do ‘By Canoe’

And we did – but not intentionally!  As part of the feasibility work we were carrying out on behalf of Oban based social enterprise Stramash, we arranged to meet their Chief Exec Niall Urquhart on the small island of Kerrera. Stramash have secured a long term lease on the island’s old primary school and are […] ...

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Community Action Plans, Consultations

Pier Potential

Pier Potential

You wouldn’t think that a strip of concrete and a piece of spare ground covered in old plastic barrels would generate so much interest, but last month we had nearly 60 residents from the village of Taynuilt attend our community drop-in day about Taynuilt Pier! ...

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Funding, Project Development

Moving On

Not to believe that you can manage your family budget or that you have any hope of not being benefit dependant is a grave enough concern for many people today, but most likely ten times more so if you are facing an uphill confidence battle having just completed a period of time in refuge after […] ...

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Project Development

Outdoor Fun for Auchinairn

Outdoor Fun for Auchinairn

Auchinairn After School Care (AASC) is leaping in to their new project idea with full enthusiasm and a smile, as they plan to make the most of the great outdoors. AASC provides fun educational activities for children from the age of four to 11 years with the aim of enhancing children’s overall development.  AASC is […] ...

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Community Landscaping, Funding

Transform for Work awarded £250,000 from the Big Lottery

Transform for Work awarded £250,000 from the Big Lottery

Through support and development from ourselves, Knowes Housing Association has been awarded £249,250 through the Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund. This fund supports communities to become more involved in and to take responsibility for communal spaces and places. ...

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Community Action Plans

Launch of Dunbeg Community Action Plan

Launch of Dunbeg Community Action Plan

We were delighted to be asked by West Highland Housing Association to speak at a local forum in Dunbeg last Friday. The forum was coordinated by WHHA and Argyll and Bute Council and attended by local residents, community council, council officers, councillors and local MSPs. ...

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Training & Employment, Youth Work

University of Glasgow Activate Course Underway in Arrochar and Garelochhead

University of Glasgow Activate Course Underway in Arrochar and Garelochhead

The second University of Glasgow’s Activate course run by CLS has started in the Centre 81 in Garelochhead. The introduction to community development course is aimed at people of all ages who are active in their communities and would like to improve their skills and use the experience to work on projects that will benefit […] ...

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Youth Work

Ten2Ten – French Exchange Programme for Young People in West Dunbartonshire

Ten2Ten - French Exchange Programme for Young People in West Dunbartonshire

The Ten2Ten group are a group of 10 young people from West Dunbartonshire who are involved in a project that aims to maintain social ties with a French town of Beauvoisin and open the young people to the world of diversity of cultures. ...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Alison Shaw – Finance Officer

Continuing our regular profiles of members of our staff, this time we’ve asked Alison Shaw, our finance officer and office manager, a few questions about her job and life outside the office. ...

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CLS, Funding

Big Lottery Fund’s Hardship Action Plan

Big Lottery Fund's Hardship Action Plan

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is keen to respond to growing levels of hardship and is exploring options for how they can support organisations working with individuals and families in urgent need and crisis. They have therefore identified the following as current key areas that they could support frontline organisations to deliver: ...

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Business Plans

Play Area for Leven Street

Play Area for Leven Street

The Leven Group, a charity since April 2012, formed with the aim to promote and maintain the environmental regeneration of Alexandria. They have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery’s Investing in Ideas to establish the viability of developing a new community play area, based in Leven Street. ...

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Funding, Project Development

New Community Garden and Growing Space in Renfrew

New Community Garden and Growing Space in Renfrew

Huge congratulations to Williamsburgh Housing Association (WHA) and their partner community organisation, Renfrew Association of Growers & Gardeners (RAGG), who were recently awarded a grant of £596,459 from the Big Lottery Fund Our Place Programme to create a vibrant community gardening space in Renfrew.  ...

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Funding, RSL

Building Sustainable Communities

Building Sustainable Communities

With our support, Hillhead Housing Association 2000 have recently been awarded £113,026 from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund on behalf of an RSL partnership between themselves and Antonine Houisng Association in East Dunbartonshire, Oaktree, Cloch and Larkfield Housing Associations in Inverclyde  and Arklet Housing Associa...

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CLS, Funding

Updates to the PCF Application Form

In December 2012, People and Communities Fund updated their application form, help notes, guidance and eligibility checklist. The form is now much more user friendly and we would like to give you an overview of the changes and updates and highlight some improvements to the new version of the application. ...

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CLS, Training & Employment

CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

At the end of last year, our volunteers met to reflect on their work in 2012, discuss how our volunteering service might improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements. ...

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Community Action Plans, Consultations

Plans for Dalmuir

Plans for Dalmuir

Our recent achievements have included assisting Dalmuir based Beardmore Trust with a successful application to Awards for All. This was very well received by the trust as it will help them to cover the cost of compiling a community action plan which will be tasked to CLS who in turn hope to work closely with […] ...

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Consultations, Funding

Bringing Belleisle Conservatory Back to Life

Bringing Belleisle Conservatory Back to Life

We have been supporting a community group in Ayr with their ambitions to transform a much loved but currently derelict B-listed glasshouse conservatory back to its former glory. ...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Caitlin Gillen – Modern Apprentice in Business and Administration

Staff Profile: Caitlin Gillen – Modern Apprentice in Business and Administration

I am an apprentice with Community Links Scotland. An apprenticeship is when a young person goes straight into a job to learn on the job. At the end of your year, or sometimes 2 years, you get an SQA. ...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Lisa-Marie Lees – Student placement

I am Lisa-Marie Lees and I am currently on placement at Community Links Scotland (CLS). I am studying a BA in Community Development at Glasgow University. ...

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CLS

Staff Profile: Janette Devlin – Training & Volunteer Development Co-ordinator

Staff Profile: Janette Devlin - Training & Volunteer Development Co-ordinator

About the job We have been successful in securing funds for a new Training & Volunteer Development Co-ordinator from PCF and The Robertson Trust to roll out the Volunteers in Progress Programme (ViPP) and will offer up to 50 volunteers per year substantial experience with immediate access to training, support, supervision and front line work [&...

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Training & Employment

HNC Graduation

Regular readers may recall that last year we secured funding on behalf of Dunbritton Housing Association to develop an HNC in Working with Communities and PDA in Housing Law to be delivered by Clydebank College. Several partners were kind enough to give some of the young people on this course the opportunity for work placements […] ...

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Funding, Project Management

Activities and Courses at Clydebank’s Centre 81

Activities and Courses at Clydebank's Centre 81

Clydebank Housing Association (CHA) has been awarded £152,387 from People and Communities Fund to deliver activities in Centre 81, Whitecrook. Owned and managed by Clydebank Housing Association, the centre is a major milestone in the future regeneration of Clydebank and in the aim to combat multiple deprivation issues including high levels unemplo...

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Community Action Plans

Community Action Plan for Dunbeg

Community Action Plan for Dunbeg

We are nearing completion of the draft Community Action Plan for Dunbeg, a small village north of Oban, commissioned by West Highland Housing Association (WHHA) with the agreement of Dunbeg Development Group.  ...

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Funding

People and Communitites Fund – First Wave of Successful Projects

Earlier this year the Scottish Government launched the People and Communities Fund which will support community organisations grow and strengthen by delivering outcomes to meet and respond to the aspirations of their communities. This replaces the Wider Role Fund and  is an £18 million fund available over 3 years, open to community controlled anc...

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Consultations, Funding

Plotting in Tobermory – Finding the Right Plot

For the last two years we have been working with Tobermory Endeavour, a community development trust on Mull, develop their proposal for community allotments on the island. This was a priority on the island due to the difficulty in accessing fresh, affordable vegetables. ...

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Funding, Project Management

Clydebank Welfare Rights Outreach Project

Clydebank Welfare Rights Outreach Project

The need to support tenants affected by low income, multiple debt and arrears has been a recurring priority for housing associations and with the current prevailing economic recession and planned reforms to the welfare system this has become even more of a priority, both for social landlords and their tenants. We have supported 4 housing […]...

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Community Landscaping, Funding, Project Management

Watchmeal Crescent – Work Goes On

Watchmeal Crescent – Work Goes On

Working on behalf of Knowes Housing Association and a project steering group comprising of local residents, we have submitted our first Stage 2 Community Spaces Application for a project based within Watchmeal Crescent in Faifley that hopes to transform a currently neglected communal space into a vibrant community garden and provide local residents...

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Business Plans, Consultations, Funding

Kerrera’s Old School Gets a New Lease of Life

Oban based social enterprise Stramash use outdoor education as a vehicle for personal, social and local economic development. Following discussions with Argyll and Bute Council and the island community, Stramash recently secured a long term lease on the old school building on the rugged wee island of Kerrera just off Oban. ...

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Business Plans, Funding

Success for Taynuilt

Success for Taynuilt

Taynuilt Sports Pavilion We were really pleased to hear that Taynuilt Sports Council were successful in their LEADER bid for funding to support the build of a new sports pavilion for the village. ...

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Training & Employment

Activate Course in Community Development Starting Soon

Community Links Scotland are ready to run the second Activate course in partnership with the University of Glasgow. The foundation course in community development is aimed at people already working in the community or volunteers wishing to learn about community work. The completion of the course will guarantee the participants an interview for the ...

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Business Plans, Consultations, Project Development

New City-based Clients for CLS

New City-based Clients for CLS

Throughout our ten years of existence, the majority of our work has been focused on areas of rural Scotland where development of new facilities and activities was required due mainly to the relative isolation of these places. Recently we’ve been expanding our client base to more urban areas as well and in addition to several […] ...

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Streetlinks

Streetlinks at the Glasgow Show 2012

Streetlinks at the Glasgow Show 2012

Streetlinks have attended The 2012 Glasgow Show providing three activity zones for children and anybody else who wanted to join in on the fun! Young people got a chance to try out our 14-foot rock climbing wall that we take out to community days all over Scotland, play football and other games in our mobile […] ...

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Marketing, Project Development, Uncategorized

Marketing Strategy for Gawkthrapple’s CentrePoint Community Centre

Marketing Strategy for Gawkthrapple's CentrePoint Community Centre

CentrePoint opened in May 2010 as a new community hub for the Gowkthrapple area in North Lanarkshire.  It was developed by Garrion People’s Housing Co-operative (GHPC) as part of wider regeneration of the neighbourhood and provides space for GPHC and North Lanarkshire Council’s housing offices as well as a local shop, cafe, office space fo...

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Funding

People and Communities Fund: Millions for Disadvantaged Communities

The Scottish Government’s new People and Communities Fund (PCF) builds on the success of Wider Role and is being offered to community anchor organisations in the next three years. It will allow them to deliver the services and/or projects that have been identified by the community as helping it achieve its outcomes. ...

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Streetlinks, Training & Employment

Second Streetlinks Activate Course Ready to Begin

Second Streetlinks Activate Course Ready to Begin

After the success of running the our first Activate Course in partnership with University of Glasgow, Streetlinks will be running a second Activate Course training event.  This is a foundation course in community development  which helps build experience of new and existing participating volunteers. The course runs for  40 hours within a grou...

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Streetlinks, Training & Employment

Streetlinks Investing in Volunteers and Training

Streetlinks Investing in Volunteers and Training

May, June and July have been very busy “gala day” months for Streetlinks and Streetlinks Volunteers.  ...

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Community Landscaping, Consultations, Funding

Watch This Space! – Watchmeal Crescent Improvements

Watch This Space! – Watchmeal Crescent Improvements

Community Links were appointed by Knowes Housing Association to lead on the development of design proposals and community consultation for the community garden at Watchmeal Crescent, Faifley. With very tight timescales until submission of the Stage 2 Community Spaces Application, we launched the project with a community day for the local Watchmeal ...

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Consultations, Funding

Woodhall Community Park Gets Funding for Regeneration

Woodhall Community Park Gets Funding for Regeneration

Community Links Scotland supported River Clyde Homes secure almost £100,000 from Big Lottery Community Spaces Fund to regenerate Woodhall Park. The three-quarters of an acre community park sits in the middle of a recently completed social housing development programme. ...

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Streetlinks

Transform your Patch in Bowling

Transform your Patch in Bowling

Bowling and Milton Community Council are developing a project to improve Bowling swing park with the support of Denise Van Outen who is an enthusiast of ‘Natural Play’ resources for children. The idea is to replace outdated play equipment with natural play facilities and wooden equipment with the adjoining woodland made into our fairy glen [&he...

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Community Landscaping

Methlan Park Development Wins An Award

Methlan Park Development Wins An Award

We are delighted to announce that the Methlan Park development in Dumbarton for Loretto Housing Association won Senior Housing Development of the Year at the Scottish Home Awards  and was also commended in the Small Affordable Housing Development of the Year category. Anderson Bell and Christie Architects designed the development and we worked on...

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Community Landscaping

Landscaping for Alexandria’s New Housing Development

Landscaping for Alexandria's New Housing Development

In preparation of opening a new housing development on Alexandria, CLS worked with the Leven group and Dunbritton Housing Association to transform two unsightly play areas into beautifully landscaped spaces for the local residents to enjoy. ...

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Consultations, Streetlinks

Consultation in Dunbeg – A Report

Consultation in Dunbeg - A Report

By Sean Paul, Streetlinks trainee On Wednesday the 6th of June we were at a place called Dunbeg, four miles outside of Oban which is two and a half hours and 77 miles away from Clydebank. Six members of Streetlinks and one member of Community Links were at the consultation connected to West Highland Housing […] ...

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Training & Employment

Streetlinks Training Programme

Streetlinks are developing their volunteer training programme this year by becoming an SQA accredited centre and are ready to deliver the PDA in Youth Work and SVQ in Volunteer Skills, in addition to many other courses available to volunteers and staff throughout the year. ...

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Community Landscaping

Court Corner Improvements – Then and Now

Court Corner Improvements - Then and Now

Environmental works are now completed at River Clyde Homes’  Heather, Rowan & Thistle Courts in Port Glasgow. Inverclyde Community Development Trust (The Trust) and In-Work have endured torrential rain, severe gales, snow and flooding whilst undertaking works across these three areas. ...

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CLS

Is it really ten years?!

Is it really ten years?!

Yes, we are ten years old and this is a really exciting time for Community Links Scotland. We are going to mark the occasion with a booklet showcasing the best of the exciting projects and work we have been involved with over the past 10 years, in the meantime however, here is a summary of […] ...

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RSL, Training & Employment

Robert’s Climb to Apprenticeship

Robert's Climb to Apprenticeship

In July last year, when 17 year old Robert Quinn from Linwood decided to volunteer at his local gala day, little did he know that it was a decision that would ultimately land him on an exciting new career path just over six months later. ...

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Marketing, Project Development

Let’s Talk About Money

Let's Talk About Money

When it comes to money matters, it seems many of us don’t have anyone to confide in.  A recent national survey has revealed that three-quarters of us say we feel generally happy about life when we feel good about our money and yet it seems that only a fifth of us feel we have someone […] ...

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Project Development

Banking on Neilston

Banking on Neilston

The newly refurbished Bank building in Neilston has become a lively cultural centre of the village that offers a range of activities and workshops to local residents and serves as the base for the Neilston Development Trust. ...

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Project Development, RSL

Tackling Fuel Poverty in Inverclyde

Tackling Fuel Poverty in Inverclyde

Fuel Fix Inverclyde is a project that has been developed in partnership with Solas Scotland and IHAF (River Clyde Homes, Cloch Housing Association, Oak Tree Housing Association and Larkfield Housing Association). The project is being run for an initial 6 month pilot and will ensure that RSL tenants within selected areas have access to appropriate [...

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Community Landscaping, Project Management, Training & Employment

Trees, Trellis and Training

Trees, Trellis and Training

Neglected areas within Port Glasgow are getting a new lease of life thanks to the Inverclyde Green Team. The project was developed in partnership with River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT) and In-Works and is now in its second year. Since the establishment of the project in 2010, 50 unemployed residents of Greenock [&hell...

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Project Management, Training & Employment

Students Soon to Qualify

Students Soon to Qualify

One of the most innovative projects we were asked to manage this year is a new college course designed to help give students the skills, knowledge and capabilities needed for employment in community development. This project has been Dunbritton Housing Association’s biggest Wider Role project for 2011 – 2012 and they are delighted with the [&he...

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Funding, Project Development

Centre 81 Garelochhead – One Year On

Centre 81 Garelochhead - One Year On

On 2nd March, Centre 81 in Garelochhead, a community and outdoor education facility, celebrated its first birthday. Community Links Scotland have been working with the Route 81 Youth Project since 2006 to secure funding for the redevelopment of the old Garelochhead Youth and Community Centre into a facility capable of meeting the needs of the [&hel...

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Training & Employment, Wider Role

Breaking Barriers to Employment

Breaking Barriers to Employment

Community Links Scotland has been working with Arklet Housing Association to develop and manage a programme that aims to break down the barriers women from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds can face when seeking further education courses and employment. ...

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Community Landscaping, Funding

Big Lottery’s Community Spaces Programme Funding

Big Lottery's Community Spaces Programme Funding

We’ve had confirmation that all three of the applications that we submitted to the Big Lottery’s new Community Spaces Programme have been approved for funding. ...

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Training & Employment, Wider Role

Roots to Confidence

This has been a particularly successful, albeit small project both for Community Links Scotland and Dunbritton Housing Association who have supported the project over the last two years as part of their Wider Role activities. The project involved working with a local women’s refuge; the main aim of our work being to assist the staff […] ...

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Business Plans, Consultations, Funding

Kayaks and Kerrera

Kayaks and Kerrera

The island of Kerrera is only a 10 minute ferry crossing from Oban and yet offers peace and tranquillity that successful social enterprise STRAMASH feels could be of benefit to their clients. ...

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Community Landscaping, Consultations, Funding, Project Development

Plotting in Tobermory

Plotting in Tobermory

Local food production is growing in popularity particularly in more remote rural areas where access to a range of fresh fruit and veg can be limited and costly. Following a request from a Mull-based group Tobermory Endeavour and with support from West Highland Housing Association who are building locally to Tobermory, we carried out a […] ...

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Project Development

Argyll College Courses

Argyll College Courses

West Highland Housing Association and Argyll College are running new free courses starting late January 2012. Are you unemployed? Are you facing the challenge of coming off incapacity benefits? Are you at a turning point in your life? Or do you just want to learn something new? ...

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Business Plans, Community Landscaping, Consultations, Project Development

Mull Movements

Mull Movements

Community Links Scotland have been working in Argyll and Bute for the last seven years. Much of this work has been generated through our strong working relationship with West Highland Housing Association, but our reputation is growing in the area and we have secured several pieces of independent consultancy over the last 3 years. An […] ...

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Funding, Wider Role

Keep Your Money Safe in Grand Central Savings Bank

Keep Your Money Safe in Grand Central Savings Bank

Greenock branch of the Grand Central Savings bank provides a safe and accessible place for the unbanked to keep their money and offer a place where they may receive friendly help and advice. Through the support of Community Links Scotland in preparing Wider Role applications, River Clyde Homes, a project partner on the Greenock branch, […] ...

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Community Landscaping

Groundlinks Brighten up Methlan Park

Groundlinks Brighten up Methlan Park

Not many people know this but Community Links Scotland have two qualified landscape architects in house (Groundlinks) who, whilst project managing many of our non land based projects, also assist client housing associations and community groups with design and specifications on a range of environmental projects. In spring 2010 CLS were commissioned...

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Funding, Project Management, Streetlinks

Making Our Mark in Castlehill

Making Our Mark in Castlehill

Dunbritton Housing Association is delighted with the installation of a new sculpture in Castlehill, Dumbarton.  Seventeen young people from Castlehill took part in a 13 week programme of activities to learn about wider context and impact of public art. Working with two artists, young people focused on the many roles it takes from the concept [&hel...

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Consultations, Marketing, Project Development

Community Links Scotland Sponsor an Architects Design Competition

Community Links Scotland Sponsor an Architects Design Competition

Glasgow Institute of Architects, Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust and Community Links Scotland announced the winner of their architects design competition titled ’ A Future for Rural Communities’ that invited architects, design professionals and students to produce ideas for the small community of Kilcreggan on the Rosneath P...

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