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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 provide services and activities for […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Association in East Renfrewshire. The money will be used […]

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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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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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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 unemployment in the area.

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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 anchor organisations […]

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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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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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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 with space […]

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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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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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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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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 residents. Luckily the […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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Centre 81 Opens for Public

Centre 81 Opens for Public

The newly refurbished Garelochhead Centre 81 opened its doors to the community this weekend. Community Links have worked with Route 81 Youth Project since 2006 when an options study and a business plan for a new centre were prepared. This led to the former East Dunbartonshire Council Outdoor Education Centre being identified as a suitable […]

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