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 the CLS journey so far.

Community Links Scotland (CLS) has come a long way since 2002. The organisation was initially established by West Dunbartonshire Voluntary Housing Forum in 2002. Community Links West Dunbartonshire was set up to work with eight West Dunbartonshire Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) on their community regeneration agenda and in particular on projects supported by the then new, Wider Role fund. Ongoing success and expansion of activities to RSLs in other geographical areas led to a change of name in 2005. Hello Community Links Scotland!

In the early years our main objective was to assist those RSLs unable to support an in house regeneration officer due to restrictions in size, budgets or time but our client base has extended to include community groups, community associations, development trusts and voluntary organisations on an eclectic range of regeneration projects all over Scotland. Despite the variety, we continue to focus on projects that make life better for vulnerable individuals and that strengthen local communities both urban and rural.

Over the past ten years we have worked on over 600 regeneration projects that have included funding procurement, community capacity building, feasibility studies, business plans, evaluations, community asset procurement, employability projects community landscaping and community arts projects. We have travelled many miles, literally and metaphorically, and met many wonderful, energetic, kind hearted people working for the good of their communities. In total we have secured more than £14m of funding from a wide range of funders without whose support our work to help realise community aspirations would not have come to fruition.

Where to now?

Who knows the new roads we will travel, but we are sure that with our staff now very experienced in developing, promoting and delivering projects, the only way is up. Community Links Scotland is positive about our future in working with both our existing clients and clients we have yet to meet on new ideas to retain and regenerate Scotland’s communities.

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