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In this section you will find information on projects supported during the 2007-2013 LEADER Programme.  The themes of the previous Programme reflected those of the Scottish Government and are split in to:

Wealthier and Fairer Scotland  |  Smarter Scotland  |  Healthier Scotland  |  Safer & Stronger Scotland  |  Greener Scotland

 

2007 - 2013


 

Wealthier & Fairer Scotland


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Wild Seasons Project Officer

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The region has a wide range of organisations and agencies that develop and promote nature based tourism.  The purpose of the Wild Seasons initiative is to offer a co-ordinated ‘shop front’ for these efforts for residents, visitors and potential visitors, to provide a focus for the development of a recognisable, high quality ‘product’, including access, information, promotion and branding, and to engage the private sector in taking better advantage of the economic opportunities on offer, especially through collaborative efforts.

The project will also seek to embed approaches to ensuring the natural resource is sustainably managed and used.  To this end it will encourage the use of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and other relevant initiatives.

Funding
LEADER: £39,455
Public: £35,510
Private: £3,945
In kind: £0.00

Training Solutions for Community Transport

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The Training Solutions for Community Transport project will provide volunteer drivers who will be fully training for the Kirkconnel Transport project also run by Kirkconnel Parish Heritage Society. All drivers will be trained to a Midas standard. The third level of training will qualify the driver to assist access for vulnerable and disabled users. The project aims to provide affordable and accessible transport for the communities, groups and individuals in Upper Nithsdale.

Funding
LEADER: £9,772.40
Private: £26,593
Public: £0.00
In-Kind: £0.00

 

The CatStrand – Going for Growth

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The Catstrand – Going for Growth project aims to build on past research, consultations and feasibility studies to develop new marketing and business initiatives and expand on current activities which take place at The CatStrand. This will enable the organisation to strengthen its customer base and market position, increase earned income, attract new revenue and grow in a sustainable way. The organisation will then be able to gradually move away from dependence on public and private sector funding to being a self-sustainable social enterprise.

Funding
LEADER: £15,820.00
Private: £10,000
Public: £0.00
In-Kind: £6,000

St Ninian’s Hall Development Plan – Project Development Stage

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The aim of the project is take the proposals up to and including planning permission approval for the development of St Ninian’s Hall. The overall project aims to provide this small but dynamic community with a facility which will make a real difference in tackling social inclusion, by allowing all sectors of the community to come together in unstructured conditions and interact. In order to maintain and develop existing community facilities and projects, Isle Futures is proposing to develop St Ninian’s Hall into a facility which actually crosses the boundaries of several LEADER Community Priorities. It will bring together differing generations in a safe, social environment, it will showcase local produce and goods and will engender a very strong sense of local pride and self worth when completed and is enjoyed by local and tourist alike. However we have chosen to highlight ‘develop a diverse and dynamic business base’ as the main priority, as we propose to create a sustainable income stream for the charity to fund community projects, safeguard a vital community asset – the village shop and post office – by providing new and enhanced facilities, which once the current shopkeeper retires, will become a community run venture further safeguarding the asset, and providing further income security to the charity to the benefit of the community and beyond.

Funding
LEADER: £4,526
Public: £5,750
Private: £0.00
In kind: £1,224

 
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Smarter Scotland


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The Original Bicycle Festival

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The Original Bicycle Festival took place across Dumfries and Galloway from May 12 to May 24 2009. A range of cycling and cycling themed events formed the programme of the Festival. The Original Bicycle Festival was so called as it was the first Festival of its kind in the UK, and it also paid homage to Kirkpatrick Macmillan and the first pedal bicycle, invented at Keir Mill near Thornhill in 1839/1840. The Festival, was aimed to added value to Dumfries and Galloway’s cycling paths and 7stanes mountain bike trails and to promote the region’s cycling heritage – from Kirkpatrick Macmillan’s invention of the original pedal bicycle to the region being a regular host of the Tour of Britain cycle race.

Funding
LEADER: £57,000
Private: £5,700
Public: £49,500
In-Kind: £0.00

Taking the Classroom to the Countryside

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The RHET Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Initiative through this project aims to:

Create the opportunity for 510 children in Dumfries and Galloway to learn about the countryside,
Ensure a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of the countryside in Dumfries and Galloway.

Our objectives are:

To provide a source of independent information about food, farming and the countryside, aimed to help children gain a better understanding of the role played by these industries in the Scottish economy, environment and way of life by,
Providing reliable and balanced information on farming and rural issues,
Supplying resource materials and other activities which will assist teachers and pupils in their studies of the Scottish countryside and its environment, to help them make informed decisions about rural issues, and promoting a better understanding of the changes taking place in rural Scotland and its environment.

Funding
LEADER: £4,014
Public: £0.00
Private: £2,814
In kind: £1,200

T for Training

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The T for Training project aims to offer accredited training to volunteers in the Stewartry and Annandale & Eskdale areas of Dumfries & Galloway. Volunteers will gain new skills which benefit themselves, their health, their family and their community. The volunteers are registered with Volunteer Action D&G and/or involved with VIOs delivering services to communities in the Stewartry and Annandale & Eskdale.

Funding
LEADER: £9,262.50
Private: £5,673
Public: £2,438
In-Kind: £1,152

Springboard to Success

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This project seeks to equip unemployed people in Gretna, Lockerbie and Annan (GLA) with the skills to attain employment locally.  It has been noted that Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism (HLT) could provide viable employment options for these groups if the benefits of developing tourism were more clearly understood, potential job roles explained, and relevant training provided – that is the aim of this project.

It will assist people in the GLA corridor to understand better the HLT industry in the area and enable them to pursue further training or employment in the industry. This will be done through a series of programmes working with a variety of training organisations and local hospitality businesses.

Funding
LEADER: £16,552.43
Public: £15,310.84
Private: £0.00
In kind: £1,701.20

 
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Healthier Scotland


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WOW – Window on Wildlife: Sir Peter Scott Observatory

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The project aims to create a ‘window’ onto a great conservation success story, showing that vast, complex natural habitats can be expertly managed for wildlife and people alike.  It will do this by replacing the current Sir Peter Scott Observatory – which was developed as a temporary structure over forty years ago – with an innovative new observatory.  This will provide a space for all visitors to use and enjoy, being fully accessible for all.  The space will incorporate interpretation and exhibition space for visitors to engage with, and will be used as a base for school visits.  To compliment this indoor space, new interpretation will be included along the popular reserve walks.  WOW will be seen as an integral part of the visitor experience at Caerlaverock. Acting as the hub of our engagement with visitors, it will be the main focal point for connecting people with birds and other wildlife, and as such, a daily programme of wildfowl feeds, talks and/or events will ensure thorough use of the building on a daily basis, year after year.

Funding:
LEADER: £135,828.50
Public: £0.00
Private: £135,825.50
In kind: £0.00

Village Link Park

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The principle objective of this project is to remove the social and physical division in the community caused by the fact that the social housing is located on one side of the village

but all the village facilities and most private housing is on the other. By making this field into a central park we will link the village and remove the separation.

The project will enhance social cohesion within the community and help to bridge the divide between the two communities within the village.

By creating a park and footpath with footbridge between the two elements of the village the project will provide a safe open area for children and direct access for all to remove the existing physical and social isolation. It also allows the community to hold events within the village and provides an opportunity for greater social contact across the generations.

Funding:
LEADER: £56,281.92
Public: £60,720
Private: £20,000
In kind: £2,360

Ruthwell and Clarencefield Community Tennis Facility

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This project seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Ruthwell and Clarencefield by providing a purpose built Tennis Court alongside the village bowling green.  This will be marked out for Tennis, five-a-side football and basketball so that it appeals to a wide range of users.  The project will also have a positive environmental impact, as it will allow the local tennis club to play locally, reducing travel to Dumfries.  Through work with other clubs in the immediate area, the facility will also give people an opportunity to try something new without leaving the village.

Funding:
LEADER: £4,331
Public: £42,5000
Private: £1,000
In kind: £2,000

Rosnes Bench

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The aim of the project is to reconnect people to their natural environment and the ecology of place. By doing this the project will help people stop and reflect, taking time out of their busy lives to be still and contemplative. This in turn will help people to have a closer relationship with the natural environment and to benefit from the improved health benefits of getting into the great outdoors and stopping to be reflective.

Many people even when walking pass through nature without taking time to engage with it. Rosnes benches will ensure people have the opportunity to engage with nature.

The benches will highlight the beauty of specific natural places and locations and create a real sense of community pride for this fantastic landscape.

Funding:
LEADER: £50,000
Public: £52,800
Private: £0.00
In kind: £6,000

 
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Safer & Stronger Scotland


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Xcel Project – Why Try?

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The Xcel Project – Why Try? will follow on from the Xcel Project – Building On Success. The Xcel Project – Why Try? will expand on all of the good work of the previous project. The creation and development of the Youth Information Centre on Langholm High Street was the major success of the previous project and this facility will be an integral part of the new project. The Xcel Project – Why Try? will also expand on some of the activities with the development of a Youth Arts Programme working in conjunction with the Buccleuch Centre, Centre Stage Theatre and Just Dance. This will provide young people with avenues for dance, music and film.

The Youth Arts Programme will also be complemented with a regular timetable of Bluelight music events. The new project will keep a lot of the existing activities and develop them in relation to the need and demand of the young people. However, it is also important that the project has new impetus and the Why Try? training programme will give it just that. It will engage different young people on the project, young people who weren’t confident about joining in and getting involved before. It further progresses the project and will help develop the Youth Information Centre into a real hub of activity for young people in Eskdale.

Funding:
LEADER: £42,096.42
Public: £0.00
Private: £40,000
In kind: £2,096.42

Xcel Project

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The aim of the project is to introduce and deliver new and targeted youth activities in Eskdale. The main aims of the project are to provide more opportunities for achievement amongst young people in the rurally isolated area of Eskdale, through the implementation of several initiatives, identified and achieved in conjunction with local young people and the wider community; to realise the social development of young people and enable them to gain a voice and place in society; to encourage young people to become active citizens, their increased involvement within the community shall improve the quality of life for all those living in the area; to facilitate the development of young people through initiatives that allows them to identify and meet their own needs; to create informal educational opportunities for young people in Eskdale; to improve young people’s access to information and services; to involve the community with the introduction of an Xcel Volunteer Database. This would result in all clubs and organisations working with young people in Eskdale having access to volunteers.

Funding
LEADER: £40,151.42
Private: £1,000
Public: £34,500
In-Kind: £4,651.42

Whithorn Bravehearts

Whithorn Bravehearts

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The project aims to promote sport and practices of boxing, physical fitness, self discipline & self motivation, promotes the codes of safety in the sport and practices of boxing, aims to promote the moral, mental, physical and social well being of members and co-operates and works with other bodies with similar aims. Whithorn Bravehearts has been instrumental in working in partnership with other organisations within the local area in assisting in reducing the amount of anti-social activities which youngsters have been undertaking. They have provided a safe, supportive and nurturing environment to young people who would otherwise not have been able to access this support through no fault of their own and the work which the Group carries out in the community in terms of providing male role models is invaluable.

Funding:
LEADER: £11,776
Public: £0.00
Private: £10,000
In kind: £1,776

Watson Bird Centre and Celebration

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This project will support a project officer to put together a funding package for the purchase and refurbishment of ‘Barone’, Donald and Jeff Watson’s home in St John’s Town of Dalry. The project will work towards creating a visitor centre dedicated to the Watson’s, experts in the field of ornithology and wildlife art.

At present the community of Dalry has a negative view due to one recent shop closure, the other shop for sale, poor business levels at the two hotels with one currently closed and the other only just re-opened, the library under threat of closure, unwanted housing development with planning approval, and continuing concerns about the post office. The project officer, being based in the community and working to the Steering Group, will help to galvanise interest, stimulate volunteer activity and encourage new ideas.

Funding:
LEADER: £46,120
Public: £19,000
Private: £4,060
In kind: £23,060

 
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Greener Scotland


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Scottish Shark Tagging Programme – Phase 3

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SSACN’s Scottish Shark Tagging Programme (SSTP) was created to facilitate the collection of data by utilising the efforts of volunteer sea anglers. This project develops further the work carried out in phase two of the programme, winding up the Common Skate tagging programme, with the information captured being used to undertake research projects which will ultimately feed into both Statutory Instruments and Marine Protected Areas. Further tagging work will be undertaken on other local species of sharks, to give a more complete picture of sharks in Dumfries and Galloway. The project also extends the existing project co-ordinator role into a full time post, to allow more time to be spent on school visits to engender an interest in marine diversity in young people, particularly in coastal communities.

Funding
LEADER: £23,004
Public: £23,005
Private:£0.00
In kind: £3,645

Scottish Shark Tagging Programme – Phase 2

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This project builds on the success of the current Shark Tagging programme in Argyll, providing Dumfries & Galloway with a project officer who will work in collaboration with the officer in Argyll. The project officer will work with local communities to raise awareness of the need to track and record species of shark, skate and ray along the region’s coastline. Work will also be undertaken with local schools and youth groups to engage the younger generation in this work. Educational packs will be developed to ensure a continued awareness of the project beyond the period of funding. The project officer will engage the local businesses, providing them with training and information to ensure their long term commitment to the recording of the species in Dumfries & Galloway.

Funding
LEADER: £7,666.17
Public: £6,858.50
Private:£330.33
In kind: £1,456.00

River Cree Headwater Limestone Project

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Following a visit to the Wye & Usk Foundation in Wales to see an innovative liming project being undertaken to improve water quality it was felt there was merit in trialling similar work in Galloway, the first of its kind in Scotland.  This project will create 8 large limestone gravel beds suitable for salmon spawning in the headwaters of the River Cree, balance the pH and improving the survival chances for the spawned salmonid eggs and increasing the overall health and biodiversity of the river.  This work will be undertaken in partnership with the local community, as it is hoped it will benefit the community as a whole as well and anglers, through increased tourism.  The results of this trial will be monitored over a number of years to assess its efficiency, with the finding being disseminated to other groups and areas.

Funding
LEADER: £25,500
Public: £15,500
Private:£0.00
In kind: £5,000

Moffat Community Nature Reserve

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Dyke Farm Quarry Nature Reserve occupies an area of circa 35 acres including a Lochan, seasonally flooded wetland area and low quality agricultural land. The Moffat and District Nature Reserve project will deliver the second phase of development of the site leading to its promotion as a visitor attraction and educational facility and create a sustainable community asset that will become part of a cluster of local nature-based attractions Habitat development work will include the erection of a larch lap viewing blind, installation of a sluice and reed bed, tree planting and secondary pond restoration.

Signage, safety and promotional activities will include a VisitScotland brown road sign, an illustrated leaflet and advertising material for the official opening. Path markers and way signs and stiles will be erected to connect the site to the Southern Upland Way and walks within the Moffat area. Work will be in collaboration with Dumfries and Galloway Ranger Service and an Educational Programme will be developed and delivered.

Funding
LEADER: £19,100.00
Private: £14,000
Public: £5,750
In-Kind: £2,700

 
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