Archive for October, 2013

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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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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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 […]

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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’s co-ordinator to tell […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 benches […]

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