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Community Action Lanarkshire offer support for rural communities across rural North and South Lanarkshire with community-led action plans and to build and grow projects.
Our vision is that community decisions will be made for each place, in that place, by the people who live there. Communities will work together towards a common purpose, where the focus is on local people-led action.
The programme will build your community’s ability to develop, fund and deliver projects to improve local lives for generations to come.
Community Action Lanarkshire is funded by Lanarkshire LEADER until 2020 and managed by the Rural Development Trust.
The Community Action Lanarkshire area includes the North Lanarkshire communities of Shotts, Allanton, Harthill, Plains, Caldercruix, Upperton, Longriggend and Greengairs, as well as the South Lanarkshire communities of Leadhills, Crawford, Abington, Glespin, Douglas, Rigside, Crawfordjohn, Forth, Lesmahagow, Kirkfieldbank, Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill, Stonehouse, Sandford, Carstairs Junction, Tarbrax and Woolfords.
The project follows on from the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) project which was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund between 2012 and 2018. This website and associated social media channels have been developed from existing CAVLP accounts. Please search within these pages for more information about CAVLP projects, including historical information in the online Museum, trails and news.
Check our area map. You can download high resolution pdf here.
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If you live in any of these communities, we can support you to develop a Community-led action plan, refresh an existing one or drive forward community projects.
Recently CAL held an introduction to community-led action planning with local communities, producing a film of the event. A community-led action planning toolkit can be found here. Existing community-led action plans in the CAL area will be uploaded to this website in due course.
Perhaps your community has an up-to-date action plan but requires support in driving forward the projects identified in it. This could include support to set up as a constituted group, identifying funding sources and training opportunities, and drafting business plans, project proposals, funding applications and procurement documents.
CAL has been going since 2018 and we'd like to give a huge shout out to all the communities we've been working with to date. Working together with communities and partners, here's a snapshot of achievements so far.
Meet The Team
We are a team of six consisting of a Project Manager, Finance and Administration Officer and four Project Officers.
Kirsten Robb, Project Manager
As Project Manager, Kirsten is responsible for managing the delivery of Community Action Lanarkshire by overseeing the development of community focussed projects.
With a love and knowledge of the local landscape, Kirsten has a background in environmental management. Her specialism is in working with communities and helping them to realise the potential of heritage and environmental assets on their doorsteps. She has gained experience from all around the UK and as far away as Tanzania working in the sector, and spent time as a community officer at Dalriada Landscape Partnership, before joining the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership team as a Development Officer and then Programme Manager.
Lorna Diplacito, Finance and Administration Officer
Lorna is responsible for providing administrative support to the Community Action Lanarkshire team to assist in the delivery of the project.
She has a wealth of experience spanning local government, educational and charity sectors with her most recent role as Finance and Administration Officer with Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. She is responsible for completing LEADER claims and social media updates including promotion of Clydesdale Community Initiatives environmental volunteering.
Sarah O’Sullivan, Project Officer
Sarah is responsible for the delivery and refresh of Community Action Plans in the Community Action Lanarkshire team.
She has varied professional experience in the heritage sector at home and abroad, ranging from Tour Guide to Education Assistant, Community Engagement Officer, Communications Officer and most recently, Development Officer with the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership. With a specialism in communication and representation in heritage, Sarah is also responsible for delivering Communications focussed training as part of the Community Action Lanarkshire programme.
Ruth McElhinney, Project Officer
Ruth joined Community Action Lanarkshire in October 2018 and she is responsible for helping communities create and update their Community-led Action Plans.
A native of Lanarkshire, she has several years of experience in working in the environmental/charitable sector where she worked as a Development Officer and Project Manager with Central Scotland Green Network Trust. She also brings community development experience with her from working with communities within Greater Easterhouse.
With a keen love of the outdoors, Ruth also has a background in horticulture, landscape design and arts & crafts tuition.
Jemma Campbell, Project OfficerJemma joined the team at Community Action Lanarkshire in September 2019 and is responsible for supporting communities to take forward projects.
Coming from 5 years working with a rural Development Trust, Jemma has a passion for helping communities to make real change. Her background education and experience is in environmental management and community engagement, specifically linking people with the countryside.
Currently leading on the active travel projects, Jemma loves walking, cycling and just being active outdoors.
Elaine Richardson, Project OfficerElaine is the newest member of the team at Community Action Lanarkshire and is responsible for supporting communities to take forward projects.
She is an architect who began her career in practise in Glasgow before moving to local authority to undertake a range of town centre regeneration and community projects where she worked closely with local organisations. More recently she worked on the Scottish Civic Trust mentoring programme providing capacity building and support to community groups across Scotland.
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Call us: 01555 880 551
Visit us: 1 Powell Street, Douglas Water, Lanark, ML11 9PP
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