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Community Action Lanarkshire is a programme managed by the Rural Development Trust offering 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.

Community Action Lanarkshire will help build your community’s ability to develop, fund and deliver projects to improve local lives for generations to come. The Rural Development Trust has secured funding from a range of sources to take forward the following projects working with communities in North and South Lanarkshire.

  • The National Lottery Community Fund is supporting the Rural Development Trust from 2020 to 2023 to help communities in Harthill, Plains, Caldercruix, Upperton, Greengairs, Sandford, Carstairs Junction and Kirkfieldbank take forward their newly created local action plans. Elaine Richardson is leading on this project.
  • The North Lanarkshire Rural Heritage Programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, also runs from 2020 to 2023. With the support of a heritage plan, a heritage officer and a small grants scheme, communities in Caldercruix, Greengairs, Harthill, Plains and Upperton will lead the protection, enjoyment and use of heritage as a tool for regeneration. Kirsten Robb is leading on this project.
  • Active Travel - Sarah O'Sullivan is leading on this project
    • Make Your Way 2020/21 is an active travel mapping, signage and wayfinding project focussing on Carstairs Junction, Coalburn and Coulter. Primary school workshops and community activities are taking place in these communities as part of the project, as well as Abington, Carstairs, Douglas, Kirkfieldbank, Rigside and Leadhills. It is funded by Paths for All Smarter Choices Smarter Places, South Lanarkshire Council Renewable Energy Fund and Rural Development Trust. This year's project follows on from previous projects in; Abington, Crawford and Elvanfoot, Crawfordjohn, Douglas, Glespin, Lamington, Leadhills and Rigside (2019/20); Hamilton, Larkhall and Quarter to Chatelherault Country Park (2017/18); Carluke, Glassford, Lanark, Larkhall and Stonehouse (2016/17).
    • Make Your Way - Key Links is an ambitious new active travel project which aims to enable communities in Abington, Leadhills, Douglas and Wanlockhead to link up with nearby settlements and services. It is funded by Sustrans Places for Everyone programme. A Feasibility Study is being developed until March 2021. It is anticipated that more detailed designs will be created in 2021/22, with construction set to take place from 2022.

The above projects follow on from the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership (CAVLP) project supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund 2012-2018 and Community Action Lanarkshire (CAL) project supported by Lanarkshire Leader 2018-2020. This website and associated social media channels have been developed from existing CAVLP accounts. Please search within these pages for more information about CAVLP and CAL, including exploring the online museum, trails, news and resources.


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We are a team of 5 consisting of a Project Manager, Finance and Administration Officer and three Project Officers.


Lorna Diplacito, Finance and Administration Officer

Lorna Diplacito, Finance and Administration Officer

Lorna is responsible for providing administrative and financial support to the Community Action Lanarkshire team to assist in the delivery of projects.

She has a wealth of experience spanning local government, educational and charity sectors and was part of the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership Project and has continued to work with The Rural Development Trust as part of Community Action Lanarkshire. She is responsible for overseeing project budgets and completing funding claims along with social media updates and supporting the team with other tasks.

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Sarah O’Sullivan, Project Officer

Sarah O’Sullivan, Project Officer

Sarah is currently the Project Officer for the Make Your Way projects which include mapping in Carstairs Junction, Coalburn and Coulter as well as the delivery of Feasibility Studies for Key Links between Abington and Abington Services, Douglas and the NCN74 and Leadhills and Wanlockhead.

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. True to her active travel focussed roles, Sarah loves getting out and about in all weather to explore!

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Elaine Richardson, Project Officer

Elaine Richardson, Project Officer

Elaine joined the team in October 2019 and is currently the Project Officer for the Community Action Lanarkshire programme to support rural communities with the delivery of their Community Action Plan. The communities are; Caldercruix, Greengairs, Harthill, Plains and Upperton in North Lanarkshire and Carstairs Junction, Kirkfieldbank and Sandford and Upper Avondale in South Lanarkshire.

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 community organisations and local residents. In 2018 she moved to the third sector and worked on a mentoring programme providing capacity building and support to community groups across Scotland.

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Hannah Douthwaite-Teasdale, Project Officer

Hannah Douthwaite-Teasdale, Project Officer

Hannah joins the team as Heritage Project Officer for North Lanarkshire Rural Communities Heritage Programme, kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This project will work with 5 communities in North Lanarkshire (Caldercruix, Greengairs, Harthill, Plains and Upperton) to develop Heritage Plans and support community projects.

With a long career in heritage previously working for the National Trust for Scotland and the National Trust where she worked to develop a wealth of projects inspired by place, history and heritage; from poetry books, to plays, walking routes and award winning art installations – whatever your idea for your community project, there’s a good chance she has a bit of knowledge!

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All the projects and communities we work with are open to new organisations and people getting involved. Find out more about projects we are currently working on with local communities by clicking on the news section above, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also contact the lead officer for the project you are interested in or get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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