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:
2007 - 2013
Wealthier & Fairer Scotland
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Wild Seasons Project Officer
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.
In kind: £0.00
Training Solutions for Community Transport
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.
- Year 1 – Training Solutions for Community Transport [46kb]
- Final Report – Training Solutions for Community Transport [288kb]
The CatStrand – Going for Growth
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.
St Ninian’s Hall Development Plan – Project Development Stage
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.
In kind: £1,224
Spring Fling Springboard
Over the past nine years Spring Fling Open Studios has grown into the most successful open studios event of its kind in Scotland and one of the region’s most prestigious cultural events. Run by a community interest company of Dumfries and Galloway artist and makers, Spring Fling showcases the work of 80+ artists and craft makers from across the region each year and has contributed over £4 million in visitor spend to the local economy since the first event in 2003.
This project aims to build Spring Fling’s capacity to generate earned income and become more independent of public subsidy by investing in organisational development and new technology; to develop the impact of the Spring Fling brand year-round by undertaking new marketing initiatives and promotions aimed at building year-round audiences for products and events linked to Spring Fling; to refresh the core of the Spring Fling ‘product’ by attracting young artists to take part in the event supported by a bursary and mentoring scheme that will encourage them to become the experienced Spring Fling artists and makers (and potential board members) of the future and to develop the audiences by forging much stronger links between Spring Fling artists and makers and their local communities and building on the fledgling Spring Fling Friends scheme.
In kind: £13,440
Promotion of Angling across D&G
The main aim of the project is to promote the wide range of affordable accessible fishing available in D&G as a whole entity. This is important as the region offers the most diverse angling in Scotland but little internet marketing is undertaken resulting in the region losing visitor opportunities. This will be improved by ensuring the local specialised Fishpal websites provide a consistent, high quality one stop shop for all types of fishing: coarse, game, still waters, rivers, reservoirs, put & take, all abilities, ages and skill levels; assisting with improving access at key fisheries; develop and promote fishing as an outdoor pastime across the region and to encourage the appreciation of the countryside and wildlife, to develop fishing skills; to encourage the sustainable use of the regions angling waters through developing, promoting and disseminating region wide conservation guidance and biosecurity advice; to promote D&G as a top class fishing destination for all abilities/requirements/desires and make available more suitable waters to visiting anglers.
In kind: £8,700
The Motorcycle Tourism project aims to increase Motorcycle tourism in Moffat and bring benefits to additional businesses on routes throughout Dumfries and Galloway; to recruit a second tier of members of www.motorcyclescotland.com on routes throughout the Region with biker friendly accommodation, cafes, services and visitor attractions; to increase the benefits to Bikers, through discounts and signposting to biker facilities; to make the website sustainable and raise additional income for its further development including the provision of a carbon offsetting scheme and implementation of an E-newsletter; to attract both UK and international visitors by targeting ferry companies and motorcycle clubs and specialist travel agents; to increase the number of motorcycle tourists visiting Dumfries and Galloway, staying overnight at biker friendly accommodation and spending money in the Region.
Langholm and Glendale: Stayin’ Alive
This project links two similarly isolated rural communities. The main aims of the project are
- To explore the reasons why young families and young adults leave the Glendale and Langholm areas and the impacts of this youth out-migration and
- To recommend clear, feasible responses to tackling the out-migration of young people from the two communities.
The project objectives include:
- To review existing data on migration from/to the two communities
- To explore the reasons why young people are leaving and the impacts of this out-migration
- To work with representatives of both communities to gather information on existing and potential ‘good practice’ responses to this challenge from both communities
- To work with representatives of both communities to suggest and action clear goals and strategies to reduce the negative impacts of youth out-migration.
Greater Nith Estuary NBT Cluster
The Greater Nith Estuary Nature Based Tourism Cluster aims to develop a diverse and dynamic business base by encouraging and facilitating cluster based tourism development; establish and promote specific packages to attract more people (locals and visitors of all ages and abilities) throughout the year; grow appreciation of NBT opportunities in this area, developing individual business opportunities and a stronger overall product; effective, focussed marketing that connects to NBT activity. This will be achieved by employing a suitably experienced part-time facilitator to deliver the development plan; develop a functioning NBT cluster with a steering group, development plan and exit strategy; encourage local people to enjoy the countryside and form better links to the land, strengthening community spirit, improve their health and wellbeing and raise awareness of environmental issues; attract more visitors to the pilot area and encourage those who visit to stay and spend more; encourage those already planning to visit the area, in particular those visiting Dumfries and Gretna, to visit the Nith Estuary area.
Flavour Fortnight 2011
Flavour Fortnight is a new 16 day food festival spanning Dumfries & Galloway from 3-18 September, paralleling Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight.
Flavour Fortnight takes the concept of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight and regionalises it. It has strong similarities with Spring Fling in that it supports a series of events run by the industry (participants) to encourage engagement with the industry by the general public (audience) – local people and tourists.
2010 events included special local food menus and tapas evening events at various hotels and restaurants, three collaborative food festivals (Lochinch, Drumlanrig, CD), nutrition talks, cupcake decorating workshops, wild food forages, open days and premises tours, food production demonstrations, ice cream detective event, butchery demonstrations, farm walks, gourmet dining and a competition to win a day training with a top chef.
Flavour Fortnight fits in with the Dumfries & Galloway events calendar which had a gap in early September and the pilot event in 2010 considered one of the key successes of Savour the Flavours.
D&G – A Creative Destination
The 3 main aims of this project are: Know and understand the business of tourism by undertaking an audit of the existing tourism product within Dumfries and Galloway; invest in an ongoing programme of market research and trend analysis to inform product development and marketing activity; work with industry to produce reliable statistics to inform local economic policy and development. Develop a distinct creative regional identity by carrying out Creative Destination Marketing by developing a comprehensive and sustainable marketing service for businesses; deliver regional marketing campaigns that will secure additional buy in, including web development that complements the brand and PR activity to creatively position the destination. Liaising with VisitScotland national campaigns; encourage tourism businesses to work together, to develop tourism packages and itineraries to promote the region and bring more visitors to the area; collaborate with sectoral groups in the creative industries, outdoor activities, walking and cycling as well as infrastructure groups such as visitor attractions/events, history/heritage, accommodation and community initiatives; inspire and communicate to ensure the widest possible industry buy-in for the vision and manage the visitor experience by encouraging businesses, staff and sector product groups to deliver high quality visitor experiences in a way that complements the destination brand. Communicating and networking to keep industry informed and strengthen involvement across the industry with DD&G; build effective networks within and between communities and sectors.
In partnership with Dumfries & Galloway Council, VisitScotland and other key public and private sector stakeholders in the region the aim is to help produce and implement a refreshed Area Tourism Strategy with prioritised actions and use customer feedback, destination positioning and trends in tourism to inform the development of a prioritised programme of product development in partnership with VisitScotland and taking account of the National Investment Strategy, to create a Product Development Strategy.
Creetown Rural Transport Solutions
The Creetown Initiative hope to introduce new transport solutions for the community, making it easier to seek employment, attend appointments and get out and about without individuals having to rely upon public transport or shouldering the cost of owning a car which they may not need to use on a regular basis. This feasibility study will allow the Initiative to gauge public interest in a range of transport ideas, including a car club for the village and the opportunity to rent scooters at a low cost. By surveying the community to see who was supportive of such a measure and to encourage people to sign up to the car club, the Initiative will be able to see if such a scheme would be financially viable.
Creative Enterprise Development Pathfinder
In Dumfries and Galloway this project aims to test a number of significant interventions that will directly benefit creative businesses while helping to configure the future services and interventions based on what is known to work for the creative industries: Recognising the far-flung nature of creative businesses, and the specialist nature of this project, a small number of ‘Creative Business Advocates’ (CBA’s) will be recruited from across the region. A series of pathfinder residencies/commissions will be set up to prompt creative businesses to work collaboratively together.
Bring together existing D&G based art-form officers to support this project and fill gaps by buying in additional days of specialist officer time from part-time DGAA specialist staff. A complementary programme of work will be undertaken in the Scottish Borders, and opportunities will be sought to link creative businesses from both areas.
Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) – New Work
CABN New Work will primarily focus upon micro businesses, start ups and sole traders operating in the following creative business sectors:
Visual arts and crafts – artists and makers
Film – film makers and associated creative businesses
Performing arts – musicians, writers, performers, directors, producers
Publishing – writers, small presses
Collaborative working will be actively encouraged across these sectors, and with other forms of creative arts business that do not readily fit within these definitions. In addition the project will meet with Business Gateway Services and the South of Scotland Competitiveness Project to consider how ongoing links with the business to business networks established through Creative Clusters can be maintained. It will help businesses improve their knowledge, increase communication and work with other arts organisations to form a strong network throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
Connecting Businesses with Mountain Bikers
The aim of the project is to help stimulate and support tourism businesses to maximise the economic return from Mountain Biking and in particular the publicly funded 7stanes. The project aims to further develop the Dumfries and Galloway reputation for mountain biking through increased marketing activity, private sector product development and through effective collaboration and packaging in cooperation with other relevant groups.
Connecting Business with Mountain Bikers Phase 2
The Connecting Businesses with Mountain Bikers Phase 2 aims to further develop the Dumfries and Galloway reputation for mountain biking through increased marketing activity, private sector product development and through effective collaboration and packaging in cooperation with other relevant groups.
All Machars Guide and Calendar 2011
To create, publish and distribute a tourist guide, focussed on the three themes of the creative arts, heritage and the outdoors: the core of the guide would be a calendar of events, and it would be made widely available free of charge throughout the Machars and in wider Dumfries and Galloway and adjacent areas within reasonable driving distance.
This is a collaborative project that will bring together the disparate communities of the Machars and forge an identity for an area which has never worked together before as a whole, and has therefore been lacking in a strong brand. The marketing will capitalise on the three strengths of the Machars: the outdoor activities, focussed at Newton Stewart (represented by the Walking Festival and Forestry/7Stanes events at Kirroughtree), cultural events at Wigtown Book Town and at Swallow Theatre, and heritage related activities focussed on Whithorn Trust and associated sites.
Affordable Rural Homes to Rebuild Communities
The Affordable Rural Homes to rebuild communities project aims to enable the significant development of qualitative change from current practice to provide accurate and up-to-date information.
In the short term this project seeks to find, wherever possible, innovative yet achievable ways of meeting current local housing needs. In the medium to long term we seek to redress the resultant imbalance and bias towards larger settlements through working at an individual rather than statistical level. The aim is to bring forward and enable the provision of affordable homes in rural locations across the region by whatever means are available; to carry out 18 housing needs surveys in small rural communities across Dumfries & Galloway; to produce a Housing Needs Report for every survey carried out; to determine an Action Plan in conjunction with the local community for every report produced; to provide accurate housing needs data for the small rural communities surveyed to the D&G Housing Needs and Demand Assessment to better inform the development of Planning policy; to provide evidence to support planning applications for new affordable housing.
7 Stanes Marketing and Development
The project will deliver a range of activities which are detailed below:
- Undertake appropriate marketing to increase visitor numbers and length of stay
- Develop and maintain effective website
- Develop effective print materials including 7stanes leaflets and trail maps to meet the needs of all user groups
- Organise and facilitate journalist visits and encourage effective P.R
- Liaise with appropriate partners, stakeholders, business groups to encourage connectivity
- Secure appropriate sponsorship
- Develop and manage a visitor payback scheme
- Undertake new research to help maintain market position and identify future funding streams
- Refresh existing research to ensure up to date market intelligence
In kind: £6,278.00
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The Original Bicycle Festival
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.
Taking the Classroom to the Countryside
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.
In kind: £1,200
T for Training
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.
Springboard to Success
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.
In kind: £1,701.20
Savour the Flavours of Dumfries & Galloway II
Savour the Flavours has enjoyed a remarkable transformation over the last 18 months, from an initiative that the industry had lost faith in to one with tremendous forward momentum, engaging well with the industry, raising the profile of local food and drink and supporting the growth and development of new and established food and drink businesses.
In planning this new project D&G Food & Drink Initiative have taken an outcome focused approach to devise a programme of activity that focuses around 5 target groups. These are:
food and drink producers, end users (chefs, restaurants, retailers), consumers (local people and visitors),farmers’ markets and young people.
While the original project sought to create an organisation to support the food and drink industry in Dumfries & Galloway, Savour the Flavours II seeks to nurture and develop 5 subsidiary projects focussing on these 5 target groups, all sitting within the same umbrella. The long term aim is for these 5 projects to mature sufficiently that the projects can become collaborative industry led, stand alone projects’.
In kind: £22,512
Savour the Flavours
The Savour the Flavours of Dumfries and Galloway project aims to support and encouragement food events and markets aimed at consumers and will also give opportunities to highlight green issues and the economic and environmental benefits of reducing food miles and supporting local producers.
The aim is to support, advise and encourage new and existing food and drink businesses in D&G; to mentor and provide information to encourage the business growth of food and drink businesses; to encourage innovation within the food & drink sector, sharing knowledge and best practice within the membership; to establish a consistent and coherent food and drink message in D&G – a single point of contact for consumers and the trade; to actively support and encourage growth of food & drink consumer and trade events; to actively support and promote the emerging farmers’ markets and to build links with other regional groups, Scottish and national organisations and industry groups.
Queensberry Initiative – Enterprise & Employability
In this second phase of the Queensberry Initiative, they are keen to use the insights gained during their pilot project phase to build an Initiative which focuses with more expertise and experience on the key aspects of improving the employability and entrepreneurial skills of our children and young people. They want to work with targeted groups of children and young people from the schools of Mid-Nithsdale who may be needing the chance to build their self-esteem and confidence as these are key employability skills. They want to run such groups from P7 right through to Secondary 4, using community volunteers as business mentors to focus these young people on the benefits of improving their skills to achieve personal, social, academic and career goals. They want these groups to focus on employability skills and on the valuing and certifying of these skills for employers and further/higher education providers. They will provide these volunteers with training, supervision and support. They are also very keen to use their business mentor volunteers to work with pupils in the ‘middle’ – those who may not be the focus of other work and who may slip through the net with less idea about how to make good transitions than they should have. These young people may benefit from broadening their career horizons.
In kind: £33,333
Marketing & Development Programme
The project aims to initiate and develop a recognisable local food culture that works to communicate the region’s world class food credentials building on such brand ties as Galloway Beef; develop a link between food and environment, both in terms of the environmental impact of food choices and the link between the region’s food offering and its rural environment;- to use the historic strengths of the area’s tradition to develop marketing initiatives in keeping with the culture of the area. It aims to strengthen the local food industry and make it more profitable and sustainable at a local level by developing strong supply-chain links and diversifying the market place across the social and community spectrum by improving market offerings in communities; increase the tourism offering for visitors to Dumfries & Galloway, encouraging engagement with local food and drink producers as part of a holiday experience.
It will also address perception issues surrounding the myth of market produce as expensive foods suitable only for wealthy middle classes; raise regional awareness and increase access to quality local produce across the social spectrum thereby also diversifying the local market place; develop better links between producers and the consumer.
Galloway Forest District Volunteer Project
The Galloway Forest District Volunteer project aims to offer disadvantaged young people (16-25) the opportunity to improve their future prospects through long-term placements (12 months) that give them time to make real changes to their lives.
The training and experience in turn creates constructive young people that contribute to society and also set a positive example to their peers. Young people learn skills and gain qualifications that offer real job prospects in forestry, horticulture, access provision or conservation. This makes the project ideal for young people who live in rural communities and want to enhance their job seeking opportunities in their own communities.
DeafVision – D&G Development Plan
The aim of this project is to provide the range of services identified in the report ‘A Vision for the Future… the needs of people who are deaf in Dumfries & Galloway’ as being missing in Dumfries & Galloway for the Deaf community. To work alongside Statutory organisation and compliment the work that they are doing. However as the report ‘A Vision for the Future’ identified, deaf people still feel very isolated and disadvantaged in a hearing world and the range of services we are proposing have all been identified as being needed by the Deaf community itself. For example, a person may receive hearing aids from Audiology, and equipment such as a hearing loop from Social Services, but they may have lost the confidence to go out of the house on their own as the traffic noise may be deafening with their hearing aids in, or alternatively, they may need to access information in their first language (British Sign Language).
This is where our befriending/satellite centres training comes in. The project will set up of 2 or 3 satellite centres throughout rural Dumfries and Galloway into new resource centres with a view of improving access and new services and activities to support deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind adults and children and recruit and train new and existing volunteers to enable them to carry out outreach and community work such as befriending, and local training, and to enable them to run the support facilities within the satellite centres such as drop-in, information and advice services.
D&G Riparian Invasive Non-Native Species Control Project
This project is taking an innovative approach to tackling Invasive Non-Native Species on two fronts. Firstly, the District Salmon Fisheries Boards will each employ a full time member of staff to undertake practical control and engage with landowners/managers/public. This will allow the District Salmon Fisheries Boards to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to sustain the project in the long term.
Secondly, the project is utilising offenders to undertake practical control and this is an opportunity to engage with a section of society that rarely has an opportunity to contribute to environmental projects. LEADER is supporting the public facing aspects of the project and not the practical control.
Annan CAN Regenerate
This project aims to offer workplace experience and train young unemployed people in electrical repairs and furniture restoration, by establishing a repair workshop within the Annan CAN premises. The project will employ an experienced and qualified electrician as Workshop Manager, with experience of repairing electrical kitchen goods, and an assistant. The assistant will be a young person, recruited through Job Centre Plus, who will be trained in furniture restoration.
These two staff will then organise training, workplace experience, and/or volunteering opportunities for 20 young unemployed people. The project will produce furniture and domestic electrical appliances for sale at affordable prices to people on low incomes.
7 Stanes: Market Growth
7 Stanes Market Growth will undertake new marketing and Public Relations activity which will raise the profile of the stanes, grow visitor numbers to websites and continue to encourage more visitors to use the facilities.
By doing this the project will become a more attractive choice for local companies to align with through our online advertising and visitor payback, allow us to persuade more companies to engage in sponsorship and partnership deals and widen the market who may purchase goods or services from us.
In kind: £0.00.00
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WOW – Window on Wildlife: Sir Peter Scott Observatory
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.
In kind: £0.00
Village Link Park
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.
In kind: £2,360
Ruthwell and Clarencefield Community Tennis Facility
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.
In kind: £2,000
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.
In kind: £6,000
The Queensberry Initiative aims to give all the young people from Duncow to Wallace Hall Primary, a total of seven schools, the opportunity to connect in a more informed way with their community and the land.
The aim is to develop skills for work and an enterprising approach in the children and young people in this area; to address the skills gap, making our young people more able to both generate and take up job opportunities in rural Scotland; to address the drop-out rate from apprenticeships, college courses, university courses and the movement of young people away from this area; to increase the provision of practical and vocational courses for our young people; to provide opportunities for all learning to be enriched and enhanced by practical elements, relating more academic pursuits to the real world.
Promoting Mum’s Wellbeing and Opportunities
This project will develop and pilot forms of peer support for women living in rural areas who have a baby or young children.
The aims are to:
Reduce the isolation many mums’ experience.
Point people to sources of advice that will help support their wellbeing.
Encourage women to develop small-scale activities that support parents and their children, which reflect the circumstances of people living in rural areas.
The project will do this by helping women set up their own small-scale local community-run services, such as mother and toddler groups; buggy walks story-telling groups and other practical activities that make a big difference. It will also work on developing advice on how to set up community services, so women in other rural areas can also benefit. It also hopes to develop peer support that happens through social media and the internet, which anyone can access.
In kind: £0.00
Penpont community council intend to build and maintain a multi use games area within the existing park. The facility will be open to the public free of charge and aimed at locals and visitors alike but will predominantly targeted towards the youths within the village and surrounding area. A football league will be started to engage the youths and there has been interest in starting a hockey team/league and a tennis club.
Penpont Primary School, 3 existing football teams and Dumfries and Galloway will also use the facility. The facility will not be locked and open all day every day.
Newton Stewart RFC Rugby Development Officer
The aim of Newton Stewart RFC’s development officer project is to: increase the number of schools locally who have the opportunity to offer rugby as a sport. Increase the rugby activity within these schools; increase the number of schoolchildren who take up rugby out with school, at clubs – e.g. Newton Stewart RFC Junior Section; liaise with the local council and community groups and support any rugby sessions they would like to organise; help in the transition of players in the sixteen to eighteen age groups to become involved in the senior teams; constantly monitor the progress of the players and coaches, and evolve the training for both players and coaches to help them improve and involve more people in the support roles.
Mull of Galloway Trail
This Project will help to facilitate healthy exercise for all ages in the South Rhins area of Dumfries & Galloway and the surrounding area. Provide opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the path as well as wild life and the many varieties of wild flowers. Additional tourists would be attracted to the area which would help local businesses including hotels in Drummore and Sandhead and the caravan parks along the route. Locals and visitors to the area would learn about local history from the information boards which would be erected along the route.
The South Rhins is a sparsely populated area with little industry, the main employment coming from farming and tourism. Unemployment in the area is well above average and the income per head of population is one of the lowest in the country. With the area being remote from the rest of Scotland it is necessary to provide facilities which will attract more tourists, especially with the increasing costs of travel.
Moorland Education Project
The Moorland Education project involves employing an officer to undertake an evaluation of the current level of understanding in the local community of the significance of the SSSI and the importance of Moorland management; organise a programme of open days, events and activities; develop an education programme involving local schools; recruit volunteers to undertake practical conservation tasks eg tree planting, setting up of bird boxes; investigate the setting up of a Moorland education and visitor Centre, based in Langholm; ensure balanced local media coverage to inform the local community about the progress of the demonstration project, eg showing the running totals for different bird species.
Mobigamz project aims to achieve the following, Young people will be participating in physical activities which will improve fitness and health and contribute to a better understanding of positive lifestyle choices; Young people will be given local access to a safe play space and new sports activities.
Various sports can be tried out by young people, who may not previously had local access to sports such as basketball, cage rugby, captive cricket, volleyball, badminton, skating etc; Young people and adults will be provided with volunteering opportunities through being able to help with the running of the project and management of the Mobigamz project; Young people and adults within the community will be able to learn new sports and leisure skills through being trained as coaches in some of the sports disciplines, and also project management skills such as committee skills, fundraising, health and safety, teambuilding and first aid. This will encourage people, through the involvement in this project, to become more actively involved in developing their communities; Anti-social behaviour and crime will be reduced by encouraging young people to become involved in diversionary activities; Involving young people, adults of all ages, families etc, the project will have an intergenerational aspect to it, hopefully leading to increased respect and understanding between different age groups; Encourage recycling, particularly of cans and plastic/glass bottles; Encourage inter-community competitions which should lead to improved linkages and mutual respect/understanding.
Making the most of the Moorland
The ‘Making the Most of Moorlands’ Project follows on from the successful Moorland Education Project, a two year project raising awareness about the local moorland and Langholm Moor Demonstration Project. The Moorland Education Project exceeded all expectations reaching over 2700 participants in its first 18 months. The ‘Making the Most of Moorland’ Project will build on the success of the Education Project developing its ideas and furthering its aims. The high profile Education Project has paved the way for a new and innovative project encompassing previously unexplored avenues of moorland. The Making the Most of Moorland Project will further develop the cultural aspect of the moorland encouraging the community to fully appreciate the ‘value of the Landscape’ encouraging the community to develop their relationship with the moorland through activities such as art, music and poetry to develop an emotional relationship with the moorland as well as a physical one. The Making the Most of Moorlands Project will be offering the John Muir Award – a conservation award suitable for all aspects of the community – to develop and appreciate a sense of wild place and reward children and adults alike with an award for their efforts. The project will develop on past success by setting up a regular wildlife group for young people (which does not currently exist) allowing them to build a relationship with the landscape as well as develop skills that will stay with them for life.
The project will develop activities for those in the community who have so far been unable to take part in activities – such as students with behavioural and learning difficulties at the local schools.
Making the Most of the Coast
By employing a Coastal Ranger this project aims to make the most of the Dumfries and Galloway coast by improving its visual appeal for residents and visitors; improving its safety for people and wildlife; providing links between residents and their local environment; increasing awareness and understanding of coastal wildlife and habitats; interpreting social, cultural and economic aspects of the coast; providing opportunities to engage in activities which benefit health; providing opportunities for all age groups to engage in inclusive activities; encouraging a caring approach to coastal and marine stewardship; promoting a greener lifestyle; promoting sustainable use and enjoyment of the coast; acting as a champion for the local coastal and marine environment; celebrating the coast in memorable and innovative ways; raising the local, national and international profile of our high quality coastline.
In kind: £10,000
Machars Archaeology Project
The aim of the project is to provide a first-class record of the archaeology of the prehistoric and medieval periods in the Machars, making use of a wide range of archaeological techniques and maximising the use of modern technology and the opportunities for dissemination that these present.
This survey aims to provide material for the promotion of the archaeology of Whithorn and the Machars, from pre-history to the present day. The project is designed as a professional/community collaboration in the creation of a high-quality resource for teaching, training and research into the archaeology of South West Scotland.
The initiative will involve the community in a programme of archaeological survey, training workshops related to all aspects of archaeological prospection and recording. In addition to compiling an invaluable resource for the study of the archaeology of the Machars, the project will include a touring school’s workshop which will be implemented across the region as well as open days, school visits and public lectures. Teaching materials will be produced to support these workshops. Themed workshops will be held at the Whithorn Visitor Centre and Stranraer Museum to teach school children about the archaeology of the prehistoric and medieval periods, introducing them to objects and buildings of these periods, as well as to the methods used by archaeologists to interpret the past.
Local Provenance Tree Nursery
As the Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust already manages areas of native woodland containing mature trees, including the Glentrool Oakwoods which is a registered seed orchard for Sessile Oak, sources of seed and seedlings are readily available.
The aims of the project therefore are to:-
- Create an internal growing area and facilities to propagate and grow locally collected tree seed and cuttings.
- Create an outside garden area with raised beds suitable for cuttings propagation and growing-on seedlings.
- Buy and maintain a stock of tools suitable for seed and cutting propagation.
- Collect and propagate seed and cuttings from local sources for use in CVCWT projects.
- Grow species with suitable provenance, increasingly difficult to source externally.
- Grow seed and cuttings of montane species from local montane scrub areas.
- Stimulate awareness, involvement and participation with local community groups, schools, volunteers and small nurseries.
- Create facilities suitable for aspects of horticultural training and experience.
Johnstonebridge Play Area
Johnstone Community Council are aiming to provide a fully equipped play area for ages from 2 years providing a much needed facility to encourage social interaction and healthy outdoor exercise for the community. The Play Area will be situated adjacent to the newly built MUGA and the proposed new Centre to provide a social community hub for the Village. The Play Area will also be located close to the Village Primary School. The need for this project was identified by the Community Needs Survey and after consultation with the community it was decided to make the Play Area part of the new Centre complex giving easy access to the community.
Fishing for Knowledge
The District Salmon Fishery Boards, Galloway Fishery Trust, Buccleuch Estate and the Catchment Management Planning Project in Dumfries and Galloway have recognised that there is a need to educate young people about the freshwater environment. Practically every child in Dumfries and Galloway lives close to a watercourse of some sort but very few children nowadays would go out into the countryside to explore this environment.
This project aims to give young people the opportunity to take up a new hobby and pastime whilst at the same time becoming more environmentally aware of their local area. The aims of the project are to provide a series of training sessions/angling experiences, educating young people about their local River Catchment and showing how angling can increase enjoyment and provide the impetus to learn.
The Lockerbie Wildlife Trust will build the Eskrigg Centre a single-storey, slightly-raised hide/classroom with viewing windows overlooking the pond to the front and wooded areas on either side. The hide will be constructed of timber, in keeping with the rural setting and will incorporate full wheelchair access and a number of educational/ interpretation features. The aim is to strengthen links between the wider community, visitors and the Reserve; to construct a hide/study centre at Eskrigg Nature Reserve; to provide a wheelchair facility that is unique in the Lockerbie area; to use the hide/study centre to help provide an annual programme that promotes awareness, education and skills relating to local wildlife; to organise activities that contribute to nature tourism in Dumfries and Galloway in order to enhance the visitor experience in the region.
Dumfries and Galloway Good Neighbours
By adopting a flexible approach and using the valuable resource that local volunteers provide, this project will provide an integrated signposting, support and transport service for older people living in the community, mainly in rural areas, who have low-level but none-the-less vital needs. The project will help, 600 frail, vulnerable older people will maintain their independence and have better health and well-being through: feeling less isolated, having greater knowledge of, and safer access to services and facilities in their community, staying connected to people in their local communities, feeling safer and more confident about staying in their own homes, having greater choice, control, self-respect and self-reliance in their lives.
The project will provide older people with Outcome Coordinators who will tailor a package of assistance for that individual to address their needs.
Dragon Boats on Loch Ken
Paddlers for Life Scotland South West will set up a pilot project to establish the first Dragon Boats in Scotland on a permanent basis, based on Loch Ken, and asses their viability as a means to getting fitter and healthier in a supportive group environment.
Paddlers for Life was originally set up for women who have had breast cancer however the group is now open to anyone interested in improving their health and trying a new physical activity, encouraging people to take part who, for different reasons, would not feel confident joining a more demanding sporting group.
After recovery from a serious illness there is often sense of ‘what now?’, ‘how do I start to rebuild my health?’ For others who perhaps do not do enough physical exercise it is more a case of ‘where do I start?’ We feel Dragon Boating as a sport provides a supportive environment to start addressing these issues.
Discovering D&G’s Past – Development Phase
Dumfries and Galloway has a rich, complex and distinctive archaeological heritage from early prehistory to the Victorian era. Archaeological excavation has revealed much about the region’s past, as recent work has demonstrated. Recognising the enormous potential for this heritage to be further explored and with wider participation in the process of exploration, the project builds on Glasgow University’s Solway Hinterland Archaeological Remote Sensing Project (SHARP) which has recently carried out non-invasive fieldwork at Roman and medieval sites in the region.
The project is a collaborative effort involving the University Crichton campus at Dumfries, community volunteers in the local history and archaeological societies, schools, local residents, the local council’s regional archaeologist and museum staff, as well as government agencies and the National Trust for Scotland.
The Development Officer will assist community stakeholders in developing an understanding of Dumfries & Galloway’s heritage, through facilitating community participation in non-intrusive archaeological fieldwork and related activities.
However, the project has the preliminary task of establishing community priorities, including the identification of locally-relevant and resonant sites, and creating the necessary infrastructure for the project to achieve its goals.
Creetown Health & Participation in Sport
The project is designed to encourage young and old locals and tourists to participate in healthy sporting activities. For young people the aim is to engage them in worthwhile, creative pursuits, providing some positive alternatives and promote a healthier lifestyle. At the same time the aim is to encourage people to learn new skills and develop existing talents.
A key part of the project is to involve young people in the project development, with young people contributing to the project from the outset. This includes working on the redevelopment of the facility, future day to day management and long term sustainability of the project. Older people are involved also, providing mentoring and guidance to young people, as well as being involved in the decision making process.
Corehead Building Biodiversity with People
The Corehead Building Biodiversity with People Project aims to create, regenerate and restore a mosaic of semi-natural and natural habitats across 640 hectares of the hills and valleys of Corehead Farm located in eastern Dumfriesshire in partnership with the local community. A Site Manager will co-ordinate the ecological restoration, the community engagement and involvement and Corehead events and activities.
Ecological restoration will involve active participation by local people and the other major objective of the project is to work with the local community, specifically the residents of the Annan Water Valley and Moffat, to forge strong and lasting links between them and the site and to engender a feeling of community ownership.
Connecting Communities with Wildlife
This project aims to reach out and enthuse more people from across Dumfries & Galloway to learn about, appreciate and take an active interest in the amazing countryside and diverse wildlife of their region. It is hoped that this will help instil a sense of pride and ownership, encouraging people to protect their local wildlife and environment. Through growing a local field teaching and outreach programme, more children will have the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural world, to increase their physical activity levels and boost social skills and motivation. Mersehead has become the first RSPB nature reserve in Scotland to achieve the coveted accolade of a Quality Badge for the “very good” standard of its field teaching. The aim is to build on this excellent foundation, reaching 4000 children across Dumfries & Galloway during the course of this project.
The project will significantly improve physical access and viewing opportunities at popular visitor destinations across the region, opening up more opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to benefit from the proposed work.
The project will also deliver considerable benefits for biodiversity, contributing towards the sustainable investment in the region’s important and growing nature based tourism sector, which makes an important year round contribution to the local economy.
Community Development Coach
The Community Development Coach project will involve the creation of the Development Coach position. The aim is to increase the physical activity levels of young people to get disparate Clubs from differing communities (rural and urban) working together towards a common goal; to increase the quality of the cricket being played in the area which will increase the profile of D & G across Scotland; the sustainability of Cricket Clubs in the area and the continuation of a tradition; to improve the skill level of the Club coaches and teachers will improve through education and mentoring.
The project will combine the strengths of volunteers and professionals to restore and conserve important parts of the Designed Landscape of Cally. The project will take place within Cally Woods. Following careful study of all the boundaries the project will restore, conserve and highlight the historical significance of the Cally boundaries. The activities will improve the approaches to Gatehouse and enhance the Cally Woods as a resource for locals and visitors alike.
The emphasis of the project activities will be on volunteering and training. While it takes years of practice to become a skilled dry stone dyker, all the basic skills can be taught in less than two weeks.
Building Opportunities in the Biosphere
This project is aimed at facilitating processes of awareness raising, understanding, capacity building and practical action during the period in which the UNESCO Nomination for Biosphere status for Galloway and Southern Ayrshire is progressing. Notification of Biosphere status is unlikely to be before mid 2012. In order to maintain momentum and avoid frustrating Biosphere stakeholders it will be important to begin to develop and realise opportunities which the concepts underlying Biosphere status present. The focus will be around bringing greater understanding of, enhancements to and benefits from Galloway and Southern Ayrshire’s natural environment and the ecosystem goods and services that the area provides. The project will seek to develop community and stakeholder processes to unlock the opportunities which undoubtedly exist in the assets and potential of the area in the form of ecosystem goods and services – visitor attractions (coast & country); natural environment; arts and crafts; renewable energy; food related SMEs; renewable energy; carbon trading; river basin management planning, forestry – and in the people and the strong sense of community and culture of the area. The ultimate goal being to work towards a model for regional development in South West Scotland which fully integrates people, communities, jobs, culture and nature in a way which is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.
In kind: £15,000
Angling in a Box
Angling in a Box is a programme of personal development designed to help young people, particularly those in need of additional support, the skills and confidence to make positive life choices. Through a three part modular programme the young people engaging in angling-themed activity with the assistance of a peer mentor who has already gone through the programme, allowing for continual development. This project is working to develop the Angling in a Box activity available in Dumfries and Galloway – particularly in Annandale and Eskdale – giving it a base for all activities. It will also allow activities to be undertaking all year round regardless of weather, through the refurbishment of a building for their use.
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Xcel Project – Why Try?
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.
In kind: £2,096.42
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.
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.
In kind: £1,776
Watson Bird Centre and Celebration
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.
In kind: £23,060
Watson Bird Centre
The Watson Bird Centre aims to assess the feasibility and financial viability of a Watson Bird Centre in terms of concept, viability and location and the benefits it will bring to the communities and economy of The Glenkens and wider areas of Galloway through natural heritage, health, art, literature and education.
Tynron Parish Hall Renovation
Tynron Parish Hall will undertake a comprehensive renovation of the parish hall to increase the appeal of the hall and the possibility of daytime activities, that have not hitherto been possible. Better light and ambience, provided by new windows and heating, would enable educational activities such as art classes and IT tuition, some during the daytime: local residents have expressed a wish for such courses.
Exercise classes such as tai chi, yoga and pilates have hitherto failed because the overhead heaters are not suitable: the planned heaters should remedy this. To provide easy access facilities, allow greater flexibility for events, by building an extension providing a new room for small meetings; this would also enable a marquee to attached to the hall for large functions. They aim to enable better catering on a larger scale by improving the kitchen. They will reduce the costs of heating by installing air-to-air heat pump units, by providing a small room, thus avoiding the need to heat the whole hall for small meetings and by insulating all exterior walls and the roof space. All of the renovation work should help to make the parish hall a self sustaining, viable facility for the local community to enjoy.
In kind: £1,729
The Joseph Thomson Heritage Centre
The birthplace of Joseph Thomson has been leased to the Joseph Thomson Project Steering Group, with a view to the building being transformed into a community hub. The organisation will renovate the cottage to provide a venue for both the purpose of celebrating the life and work of Joseph Thomson – a noted African explorer, for whom the Thomson Gazelle and the Thomson Waterfall in Kenya are named – as well as providing a community facility. This will provide a meeting place; an IT hub; local and family history research; a visitor centre adding to the other notable attractions in the mid-Nithsdale area, such as Ellisland Farm and Drumlanrig Castle.
The centre will have permanent interpretation telling Joseph Thomson’s story, as well as temporary interpretation space for other local history.
In kind: £9,088
The Festival Trail: A Sense of Place
This project seeks to expand Dumfries and Galloway Art Festival’s outputs in rural areas. Previously individual events have been help in locations throughout Dumfries and Galloway, however the rural communities expressed a desire to have a range of events taking place in their own towns and villages, giving a broader range of arts activity to the local audience.
In kind: £0.00
Rural Awards and Good Practice Guide
EADER will strive for excellence in the arrangements and developments linked to both aspects of the project. The intention is to develop a record of projects against the Scottish Government Strategic Priorities (Wealthier and Fairer, Smarter, Healthier, Safer & Stronger, Greener). This year the awards will also ensure that young people are engaged from the start through development of a Youth Award for Rural Development and that the visits by international guests extend beyond simply attending the celebration.
- To raise the profile of projects supported by the LEADER programme in D&G.
- To encourage networking and exchange of knowledge between communities.
- To strengthen links between communities and public sector agencies.
- To help position D&G as a successful rural area.
- To raise confidence and encourage a sense of pride in the area.
- To promote new funding opportunities and stimulate applications.
- To encourage wider networking and cooperation with international partners.
- To capture in publication what the communities of D&G are achieving.
In kind: £6,675
RSE @ Dumfries and Galloway
The RSE @ Dumfries & Galloway initiative aims to enhance and improve the understanding and appreciation that people, particularly school aged children, have for their local community by providing a greater understanding of the area’s past and present life, as a community, existing within the context of Scotland, the UK and the wider world; re-generating a sense of identity and civic pride, particularly among young people, by encouraging a sense of belonging to an area rich in cultural and human resources and providing a sound and informed basis to empower the community to address current issues related to its future development and continuing prosperity.
In kind: £17,900
Raising Your Game
Since the Buccleuch Centre opened in 2007, there has been an increase in both the number of arts organisations in Langholm and the number of live performances given. This has created a demand for rehearsal, workshop and storage facilities by local groups which the Centre cannot meet. There is a lack of “fit for purpose” facilities in the Langholm area for community groups to rehearse, attend workshops or simply take part in activities such as music, drama, dance, karate, boxing and Thai boxing. Poor and inadequate facilities discourage the recruitment of new members and the formation of new groups with the resultant “nothing to do” attitude amongst young people in particular.
The need has been assessed by discussing the issues with the groups involved and planning The Studio as a multi-user facility is the result of these discussions. It will be a multiuse space allowing any number of different activities to take place. The project will also employ a facilitator who will help to ensure the facility meets the needs of the community.
In kind: £0.00
Out and About
This project carries on from the previous LEADER project, developing networks to provide LGBT people in rural areas to access support and social activities. this new project will build on the work previously undertaken in Annandale and Eskdale and Wigtownshire, but rather than focussing on outreach and support based drop-ins and interventions as the previous project did (through necessity), it will focus much more on social, leisure and cultural activities and the development of new interest based community groups, and critically, community capacity building so that (as well as a few LGBT Centre led events) LGBT people themselves will take a lead in running activities.
In addition, other rural areas of Dumfries and Galloway will be added to the work, so that Stewartry and rural Nithsdale will also feature activity, and a brand new online social network will be created through which LGBT people can connect and organise activities and events.
In kind: £2,500
Moffat Town Hall Redevelopment
Moffat Town Hall is a listed building with a proud Spa and cultural heritage and is currently the centre for a range of community activities, providing the largest venue for social events in the town, as well as providing vital Council Services. A condition survey in 2008 confirmed that the fabric of the building has deteriorated to such a point that it is becoming unfit for purpose and faces the prospect of closure on safety grounds within the next few years. Despite this condition, the current owner, Dumfries & Galloway Council, has confirmed that they have no plans for investment in the building. The Community therefore risks loss of the Town Hall as a vital community resource. D&G Council have agreed transfer of ownership of the building to the Trust for £1 and this has Ministerial approval.
The aim of this project is to appoint a Project Manager to secure major capital funding, and initial revenue funding to ensure progress with the overall Project; to coordinate the legal transfer of ownership from D&G Council to the Trust; to develop tender documents for contractors, and procurement, in conjunction with the Design Team; negotiate interim transfer agreements with D&G Council for continued provision of services during the construction phase; to further engage with the Community through establishment of a User Group and network with local businesses; these Aims, undertaken by the Project Manager, will each ensure that the Community is fully behind and engaged with the Project; and by gaining ownership of the Town Hall will develop the expertise and pride from managing such an important Community Facility.
LGBT Rural Outreach and Capacity Building Project
With this funding, the project aims to adapt and roll out successful models of work to rural communities of D&G using approaches which will be modern and forward looking, whilst still working within and respecting the local traditions and heritage of our rural and remote areas. In particular they aim to reach out widely and inclusively across the rural areas of D&G to raise awareness of our services, promote visibility of LGBT people, and to deliver positive, relevant messages about inclusion and respect. Engage meaningfully with LGBT people, their families and allies, providing them with opportunities to meet others and access information and support in a safe and non-judgemental environment. Consult appropriately with all key stakeholders in order to fully assess needs and aspirations. Build the capacity of local LGBT people, their families and allies to take on leadership roles and to be a confident and visible face of the LGBT community in the social, civic and democratic life of their local areas. Work with local agencies and the wider community groups (using Adult Volunteers and Community Activists where possible), to build confidence, improve service delivery and promote equality.
Kirkconnel and Kelloholm Regeneration Phase 2
Village Pride aims to further empower the local community to take responsibility and ownership of their local environment & community and in so doing inform and support a wide range of current and future community environmental improvement actions. The project also aims to enhance the mental and physical wellbeing of the local community, strengthening community spirit and building civic pride across generations. The project will also provide practical ground works/landscaping/confidence building skills to a number of unemployed local people through the opportunity for local volunteering. The group will do this by developing Bowman Edgar Park as a communal family leisure facility/play area supporting the needs of the younger residents and engaging in ground enhancement at the Auchengour land development project to create a wildlife habitat.
Homecoming on your Doorstep
The project takes the opportunity offered by the Year of Homecoming 2009, to work in partnership with groups across the region to celebrate the achievements and heritage of Dumfries & Galloway. Dumfries & Galloway has a central role in the Year of Homecoming as it is the place Burns came to live and work and where he died. The project is intended to be a celebration of Dumfries & Galloway’s culture and achievements and encourage those linked with this area or those who love Scotland to visit, as well as enabling the local population to celebrate and take pride in their culture, famous sons and daughters and their achievements.
Further Development of Port William Youth Group
This project adds value to the already successful Port William Youth Project, which aims to provide evening activities for the young people of Port William, as well as other small communities in the wider Machars area. The project aims to introduce an inter-generational focus upon the work being carried out by the young club. Firstly it hopes to engage past youth club members as volunteers to work the current young people building their confidence and giving them valuable experience for the work to work. The project also hopes to bring together the young people with the older members of the communities to engage in a knowledge exchange – encouraging young people to cook or take up new pastimes such as sewing and knitting, while the older people can access help with new technologies such as mobile phones and computers. It is hoped this will benefit both generations and engender a greater sense of respect and community spirit in the village it works in.
Fresh Start for Arts
Through research and consultation this project intends to develop and implement an appropriate constitution and terms of reference for the arts hubs and Chamber of Arts to ensure that region wide arts strategies can be agreed and implemented and that the various hubs are representative of and accountable to the arts sector and general public across Dumfries and Galloway. It will get people across the region actively involved in their local Arts Hubs through programmes of community led arts activities, which will enhance their quality of life and increase a sense of community spirit and civic pride. It is intended that the local people delivering programmes of activity will learn skills that they can continue to use in the future and gain a sense of personal achievement.
People who attend events will have a chance to enjoy high quality art that is new and challenging and this will help to build future audiences for the arts. Effort will be made to get young people involved in the new arts model so that their views can help shape future arts service delivery and develop a number of young ‘arts ambassadors’ in each area linked to the arts hubs who can encourage more young people to become engaged with arts activity. As well as developing transferable employment skills, we hope this will encourage more young people to find out about working within the creative industries and consider this as a potential career path.
A communications strategy will be developed so that information can be shared between the Chamber, the hubs and the arts sector and made readily available to the general public on a regular basis, potentially through social media.
Festival Programme Planning and Development Post
The Festival Programme Planning and Development Post aims to support the Festival Programme Planning Group in the development and co-ordination of future programmes, finding new venues and growing audience numbers. This will be achieved by identifying and working with local community councils wishing to host events in village halls and multi cultural groups to develop events; contacting other similar Festivals nationally and internationally seeking ways in which to co-operate/ exchange events to enhance programme planning; working with a range of partners to grow the younger audiences; developing an effective marketing and publicity strategy; commissioning new works and managing delivery of these to the region.
Festival Development Post
The Festival Development Post project aims to support the Festival Programme Planning Group in the development and co-ordination of future programmes, finding new venues, building innovative partnerships, creating ownership and community confidence and growing audience numbers.
Eskdalemuir Community Hub Development Phase
The Eskdalemuir Community Hub project aims to recruit a development worker who will establish a project office and community information point, a pilot programme of activities, the phased refurbishment of the building to an exemplary standard of sustainability, accessibility and energy efficient design, using local materials, services and labour from sustainable sources. Works will include installation of insulation, renewable energy heating systems, accessible toilets and entryways, updating of electrical, plumbing and other services, internal fixtures and finishes, alarms, landscaping, car park and signage. The aim is to strengthen community spirit & civic pride.
Engaging the Community
The principle aim of this project is to promote Moffat Town Hall and encourage its use by the wider community, through improving the facilities available such as the kitchen. The project also hopes to encourage the creation of new groups to organise activities in the hall, such as keep fit or indoor bowls, which do not currently take place. This will be done by a community facilitator, who will work with the community to develop ideas for the use of the hall.
Dundrennan Jubilee Garden
This project will help to preserve and enhance the only remaining resource in the village and tenable future generations access to this. The garden and path will provide a community resource in celebration with the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The garden will offer a place for quiet reflection and relaxation, wildlife habitat, community orchard and picnic/BBQ area. It will also provide a space for a local woodcarver to display his art and have demonstrations.
The garden will lead onto a walk/path which will be accessible to all with interpretation boards relating to the history, flora/fauna and other notes of interest of the area. The community wishes to preserve trees in the area and those which are now of age will be replaced. Current species of interest within the area include woodpecker, tawny owl, spotted flycatcher, bats and amphibians and the project will enhance their environment by providing appropriate nest/roost spaces, breeding sites, planting cover etc. The community aims to rekindle some of the community spirit which it feels may be getting lost and to provide a valuable shared resource as a legacy for future generations.
Digital Projection Project
The Digital Projection project involves the installation of a digital projector and all the ancillary equipment in the projection room at the Cinema, along with all necessary training.
Once installation is complete the project then involves the promotion of the new equipment and the advantages it offers to various groups in the community; disabled people: the visually impaired can receive a précis of the action on film through an audio description sound channel; the aurally impaired can take advantage of an infra red subtitling system. Youth groups will be encouraged to learn the skills of film production and be able to see the results on the big screen. The project will also create a youth group which will develop the skills of film making and through that medium make them more aware of their environment. The films they make will be shown in the Cinema to all their friends as well as a wider audience.
Day of the Region
The intention is to develop a new and exciting region wide initiative which will pull together groups of different interests, agencies and private businesses. A ‘string’ of activities will be organised by community groups with the support of LEADER staff, these will then be coordinated and promoted jointly and extensively as part of a regional celebration which may take place over one weekend or over one month and may involve a number of different locations. The exact structure of the programme will be determined by a working group drawn from the following bodies DGC, NHS, University of Glasgow, Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Natural Heritage. Communities from across the region will have the chance to put themselves forward for inclusion in the programme and will be responsible for the selection, creation and delivery of individual activities held during the celebration.
- To encourage local people to volunteer and engage more within their local communities.
- To strengthen connections between communities in D&G
- To encourage more people to be active.
- To encourage people to continue to learn new skills
- To encourage networking and exchange of knowledge between communities.
- To strengthen links between communities and public sector agencies.
- To raise confidence and encourage a sense of pride in the area.
- To encourage wider networking and cooperation with international partners.
More information can be found at www.dayoftheregion.co.uk
In kind: £39,375
Cults Loch Community Heritage Project
The Cults Loch Community Heritage projects intended programme has many activities, all focused on community training, learning and participation. Central to the project is the archaeological fieldwork around Cults Loch. This will include community involvement in excavations and survey, training workshops, open days, school visits, public lectures and community leaflets. The project’s geographical scope stretches far beyond Castle Kennedy, culminating in an ambitious regional community programme, which will take place during and after the fieldwork. Community exhibitions and related heritage exhibitions will be hosted across the region in appropriate venues, complimented by object handling sessions, reanalysis of existing museum collections, workshops, public lectures, guided tours and an oral history study.
Creetown Bowling Club – Open Access Initiative
The aims of the project are to provide a social hub for community access, expand the use of the club’s facilities into the general community, increase the numbers using the club’s facilities for and beyond the club membership, improve access to clubhouse, upgrade the clubhouse to make it fit for purpose for the above, provide all year all weather usage. This will be achieved by raising awareness within the community that the club is a community resource and actively encourage community use, participation in social and sporting activities.
By completing the renovation, redesign and modernisation of the internal structure to upgrade accommodation for public use as well as building new toilet facilities to include disabled access, improving the heat efficiency by installing double glazing and insulation and installing an efficient heating system to improve the social environment this will make the club more user friendly for a wide range of village groups.
This project builds upon and adds value to Creetown’s reputation as a Creative Place. It intends to develop social cohesion and aims to break down any generational barriers. The project will provide opportunities for young people to build confidence and learn new creative skills across the arts spectrum, including visual art, drama, sculpture, photography, film, circus skills, music and dance. Within this will be residencies for local children and workshops provided by the National Symphony Orchestra among others. It will utilise village facilities to provide creative workshops which is hoped will help regenerate the local economy.
Carsphairn Community Garden
Carsphairn at present is a fragmented community, and is disadvantaged like many rural villages in having no communal park or outside space to provide for visitors or locals to socialise, sit and read, have a picnic etc. Congregating alongside the A713 which runs through the village is an unsafe and noisy option, while the graveyard (used by some) is not ideal for these purposes. Meetings and consultations with the wider community by the Carsphairn Community Council (CCC) have highlighted the particular need for an attractive community outside space. The Community Garden project was initiated in 2001 when the CCC purchased an unsightly piece of wasteland at the southern entrance to the village. The aim is to create a manageable environmentally sustainable outdoor space featuring traditional species of native trees, shrubs and plants, that will in its turn create a habitat for native wildlife. The project will give the opportunity for a number of community social events that will enhance community involvement.
Capacity for Change (C4C)
The intention is to recruit up to ten villages or small towns (below 2,000 population) across the region to ‘test’ a more intensive, hands-on way of helping communities to make the change they desire, despite economic recession.
C4C aims to: Help up to ten rural villages or towns to build capacity which can lead to real and lasting change; Create a network of supportive rural ambassadors in locations previously missed by the mainstream LEADER programme; Test a new approach to administering and promoting rural funds by utilising intensive research methods; Build new partnerships with others bodies with an interest in rural development, such as SAC, Plunkett Foundation and Carnegie UK, with a view to making better use of expertise and limited resources.
Measure 341: £195,360.00
Boreland Village Hall Refurbishment – Phase 3
The objective of this project is to improve and make better use of this vital community facility and ensure members of our rural community continue to have access to services and activities which can maintain their quality of life and health & wellbeing. The building is structurally sound but it needs to be brought into the 21st century to provide modern amenities and a building that is warm, safe and comfortable as well as energy efficient and accessible to the whole community. The project will involve an extension to accommodate new ladies and disabled toilets, a storeroom and cloakroom, formation of new gents toilets from within the existing building, refurbishment of the internal walls of the main hall and all internal and external decoration.
There is a real enthusiasm within the community to see other new activities started, new groups established and more social events. There are already plans to establish a women’s group, a men’s group, a gardening group and a history group as well as providing learning opportunities in IT and crafts, exercise classes and regular speaker nights and film shows all leading to the creation of a vibrant community hub. In addition, the hall will be used for private functions. There is also potential to work with partners such as Dumfries & Galloway Council and the NHS.
A Unique WW1 Experience
This project is for the upgrading of “The Devil’s Porridge” Museum in Eastriggs, which celebrates the contribution of local people to the World War I war effort. The project aims to create a high quality museum experience which is more hands-on and more inclusive. It will bring to life the local war, the role of the 12,000 female munitions workers who worked at the great factory, the Garden City influence on the” ideal communities” of Eastriggs and Gretna and the nationalisation of public houses in the Annan and Carlisle area to control abuse of the demon drink. It will ensure that our unique story of WW1 is told to new generations well beyond the centenary commemorations, whilst involving the community in the project through volunteering and a programme of lifelong learning activities.
The project hopes to increase school visits to the museum, give opportunities to young people to learn about their roots through music, art, drama and creative activity, and thus bridge the gap between the generations.
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Scottish Shark Tagging Programme – Phase 3
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.
In kind: £3,645
Scottish Shark Tagging Programme – Phase 2
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.
In kind: £1,456.00
River Cree Headwater Limestone Project
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.
In kind: £5,000
Moffat Community Nature Reserve
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.
Enhancing Wider Community Access & Biodiversity
Moffat and District Community Nature Reserve Steering Group aims to innovatively enhance the site for biodiversity and to provide better facilities which allow the public, both able bodied and less able bodied, to engage with that biodiversity at close quarters. The project builds upon the work done previously and aims to test out new habitats to increase biodiversity, pilot new marketing techniques and collaborative events as well as providing a more accessible amenity to the community.
Eco Schools with Energy
The aim of the “Eco-Schools with Energy” project is to provide schools across Dumfries and Galloway with a support network to reduce energy consumption in schools; give access to resources and funding streams; and give lessons in schools to assist them to take part in the “Energy” and “Sustaining Our World” topics of Eco-Schools and the WWF Schools Global Footprint project. They will also provide information on local energy projects such as the gas management system at Lochar Moss which generates energy from the methane gas at the local landfill site and the solid recovered fuel which is produced at Ecodeco from municipal waste in the region and used by industrial companies to make energy.
These activities will demonstrate and promote a greener lifestyle to children in school and encourage them to take this message home to their families.
Eco Schools Dumfries and Galloway
The Eco-Schools Award Scheme is an international programme which rewards sustainable development and environmental education in schools and educational establishments. It has a participatory and holistic approach, with a combination of learning and action which provides an ideal vehicle for schools to embark on meaningful improvements to their environment and the local community. It provides young people with the confidence and detailed education on issues to allow them to influence the lives of others, such as school staff, families, local authorities and other young people.
This project will offer new and exciting aspects of the Energy topic along with a new topic of Food and the Environment. The project will work with 10 schools to help them reduce their energy consumption and will also deliver a new and exciting programme of activities to raise awareness of where our food comes from, food waste issues and give pupils the opportunity to grow their own food.
Dalton Village Hall
The Dalton Village Hall project plans to improve the efficiency of the building and of the current heating system and to use renewable energy sources. By presenting and promoting the “good practice example” and further issues related to “greener lifestyle” to the wider community the base for a “sustainable energy community project” will be established One of the most critical objectives of the project is the reduction of Carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency of the community hall (reducing the heat loss and utilising renewable energy sources for heating the building appropriately and in a sustainable manner).
The energy saving measures for the community hall will serve as a “Good Practice Example”. – Another essential objective is the education of the wider community about Carbon emissions and greener living. (Educational talks and events will be organised; addressing different community members: residents; living mainly in remote rural farm houses, which are hard to keep warm, partly off-the-gas-grid, businesses, other community halls in particular in Dumfries & Galloway).
Crook of Baldoon Nature Reserve
The overall aim of this project is to transform the newly acquired Crook of Baldoon into an exciting new nature reserve, community amenity and visitor destination. Wigtown Bay is the largest Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in the UK. With support it is our hope that the new RSPB reserve will be included within the LNR during the next two years. The aim is to develop a programme of activities that will encourage local communities and tourists to visit the reserve all year round, experiencing the magnificent sights and sounds of thousands of pink-footed geese during the winter, and the return of ospreys from Africa for the summer months.
The public will be encouraged to volunteer to help enthuse and involve more people with the stunning natural heritage associated with this site. The intensively farmed grassland and coppiced area will be restored to wet grassland, with wetland features created, to achieve optimum conditions for breeding and wintering wading birds and wildfowl.
Creating Carbon Smart Organisations
The Creating CSmart Organisations project aims to ensure real carbon reductions are achieved in 24 rural organisations by understanding the barriers to the implementation of energy efficiency/low carbon technology within each organisation and helping the management to work through the barriers to realise (and measure) positive change.
The aim is to develop experience in, and a method for, achieving an embedded ‘Carbon Culture’ in small to medium sized organisations; to disseminate carbon management information in the form of briefing notes and seminars to organisational decision-makers throughout D&G and to further develop the Crichton Carbon Centre as a centre of excellence in working with SMEs through a complete process to guarantee effective carbon management and genuine carbon savings.
Climate Champions Network
The aim of the Climate Champions Network project is to set up a network of climate champions from residents within the villages involved who will promote ways to achieve a sustainable environment.
The aim is community engagement and capacity building about climate change and making a collective, local response. It is hoped to reduce carbon emissions by reducing the heating energy loss from homes and thereby also reduce fuel poverty and bring about behavioural change of our residents, increasing the commitment to work, at a local level, towards a sustainable environment and establish the way forward for community action.
Castle Loch – Access Development Project
The Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust was set up to purchase the Castle Loch extending to 178 acres together with 69 acres of meadows, woodland and marshy ground and Lochfield Cottage. LEADER has provided funding to enhance access, with the creation of a footpath right round the Loch and improve access opportunities for people of all ages and abilities and interpretation has been provided. The site is of considerable importance, locally, nationally and internationally, for the flora and fauna which abound, and a primary aim is to protect the environment from damage or exploitation and to manage the site in such a way as to encourage an even greater diversity of species.
Carbon Busters Schools Clusters
Carbon Busters Schools Clusters is an innovative and continuous element of the Schools Programme, which will extend the previous work from phase 1 of the project to whole new school clusters in order to further develop a unique and cohesive transition programme that bridges primary and secondary education. It aims to encourage a low carbon ethos within the wider region through working directly with the school communities including pupils from P5 to S2 and the teachers. In line with Curriculum for Excellence guidance, it will build on and reinforce the strong relationships that exist within school clusters and contribute directly to the curriculum design principles.
Carbon Busters Clusters
Carbon Busters Clusters: A School Transition Project is a new and innovative element of the Crichton Carbon Centre’s Schools Programme, which focuses upon sustainable development. It will extend previous work in the region’s schools to create an innovative and cohesive transition programme that bridges primary and secondary education. It aims to encourage a low carbon ethos within the school community. In line with Curriculum for Excellence guidance, it will build on and reinforce the strong relationships that exist within school clusters (secondary schools and their feeder primary schools) and contribute directly to the curriculum design principles.
The project will include a combination of lessons and workshops with fun and engaging activities on climate change and its impacts, ecological footprinting and improving the efficiency with which resources are used, particularly waste, energy, transport, food and water. These activities can be used to complement any existing work or key topics undertaken elsewhere in the curriculum.
Bugs in Gardens
The aim of the project is to address a recognised deficiency in the natural heritage knowledge of many invertebrate groups in Dumfries and Galloway. As invertebrates are essential to the maintenance of healthy ecosystems and provide vital services including waste recycling and pollination it is important that we learn more about them and encourage people to engage and become more informed about them. For example, honeybees are the most important group of flower-visiting animals, pollinating more multi-billion-pound crops and plants than any other living group. By providing communities with the tools to learn about their local invertebrates and the environment they live in, it is anticipated that communities will feel more in touch with this undervalued aspect of their natural heritage. The information gathered will be made freely available for public use (and will contribute towards wider community uses such as local biodiversity planning.
Aquaponics is a low-input closed loop system of growing food, which has been developed in conjunction with Stirling University over the last three years. An aquaponics system combines aquaculture (growing fish in tanks) with hydroponics (growing plants without soil) to produce food with almost no added water, nutrients, fertilisers or feedstock. Excreted wastes from the fish are converted by bacteria, through a gravity-fed filtration system, into nitrates which become the nutrient source for the hydroponic vegetable system.
In other words, the fish provide nutrients to the plants, and the plants absorb nutrients which could be harmful to the fish if not cleaned from the water. Plant off-cuts from the vegetables are either put into wormeries, to produce worms to feed the fish and high grade worm compost, or can be fed directly to the omnivorous fish. An organic pelleted supplementary feed can be added if the wormeries fail on occasion to produce sufficient output. The plant beds digest the filtered liquid to enable it to be returned clean to the fish tanks. Rainwater will be harvested for all the system’s water requirements. A ventilation system incorporating heat recovery ensures energy efficiency at all times.