Archive for July, 2013

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 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 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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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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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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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 Support Programme to employ a volunteer co-ordinator for 18 […]

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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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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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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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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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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 the most […]

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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 successful with […]

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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, but will also support […]

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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 business, now […]

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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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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 homelessness […]

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