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Community Action Lanarkshire offer support for rural communities across rural North and South Lanarkshire [insert link to map] with community-led plans, training, 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 help revive community life, increase participation, tackle inequalities, keep money in the local economy, improve the environment and create new opportunities for learning, jobs and play. It 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 project follows on from the £4.6 million 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.
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The Community Action Lanarkshire area includes the North Lanarkshire communities of Shotts, Allanton, Harthill, Plains, Caldercruix, Upperton, Longriggend and Greengairs, and the South Lanarkshire communities of Leadhills, Crawford, Abington, Glespin, Douglas, Rigside, Crawfordjohn, Forth, Lesamahagow, Kirkfieldbank, Blackwood, Kirkmuirhill, Stonehouse, Carstairs Junction, Tarbrax and Wolfords.
If you live in any of these communities, we can support you to deliver a Community-led action plan, or refresh an existing one; drive forward community projects, or offer free training. Read on to find out more.
Find out more about community-led action plans
Right now, many decisions about where you live are made far from your town or village, and with little input from local people. Community-led action plans are a way of changing this – taking matters into your own hands, demonstrating the local need for different services and facilities, and accessing funds in order to do so.
The action planning process uses existing community action research methods, such as the Place Standard tool, to identify local needs and priorities using local residents as researchers. The planning process is collaborative and inclusive - open to all community members. It involves paper and digital surveys, community events, focus groups and workshops with a range of community groups. Watch the short video below to find out more about the Place Standard tool.
Priorities identified through the planning process are based on strengths that exist in communities, and identified in partnership with local authorities, and relevant agencies and groups, ensuring that they are achievable and measurable. The plan acts as both as a rallying cry and a blueprint. A rallying cry for communities who find themselves with a more active citizenship through the planning process, and a blueprint for future, achievable action.
Perhaps your community already has an action plan but it requires updating. Community Action Lanarkshire can help your local community revise and update your plan.
Perhaps your community has an up-to-date action plan but requires support in driving forward projects that will improve local areas for years to come. 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.
Community Action Lanarkshire offer FREE training for community projects in: Administration and Finance, Event promotion, Interpretation planning, Press and PR, Project Management and Evaluation, and Social Media and Digital training. Find out more on the Training page [link to training page].
Meet The Team
We are a team of four, consisting of a Project Manager, Finance and Administration Officer and two Development 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.
Ewan Bachell, Community Action Lanarkshire Development Officer
As a Development Officer with Community Action Lanarkshire, Ewan will be helping communities with the development and delivery of their projects.
Having lived predominantly in Perthshire, as well as the West Highlands and Canada, he is not a Lanarkshire native, but he has enjoyed the last couple of years exploring a new place. With interests in heritage and the outdoors, Ewan’s background is in design, photography, heritage interpretation and tourism. Most recently the latter at Nevis Range ski area in Fort William before joining the Clyde & Avon Valley Landscape Partnership team.
Sarah O’Sullivan, Community Action Lanarkshire Development 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.
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