ONECAN Toolkit: Recruiting Volunteers

Recruiting Volunteers

Volunteers are at the heart of every community group, giving their time, skills and passion to help make a positive difference in their community. Recruiting volunteers may at first seem like a relatively straightforward process but forward planning can ensure that the process of engaging, recruiting and managing volunteers is a positive and productive experience for all involved. Groups should first consider:

  • Why do they need volunteers?
  • What will volunteers do?
  • Who will support volunteers?

Developing volunteer role descriptions will help with the above, defining what volunteers will do, what they will get out of it and who will be responsible for supporting with their induction, training and any queries/concerns they have. Groups seeking volunteers should also ensure that they have suitable volunteer policies and safeguarding measures in place as well as a clear process for responding to volunteer enquiries. 

Community groups in South Lanarkshire use a range of methods to advertise for volunteers including word of mouth, social media, the local press or libraries and advertising through the local Third Sector Interface, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire (VASLan).

For further information or support with recruiting volunteers, please see VASLan’s Resource Kit or contact Lisa McTaggart at [email protected]

ONECAN Toolkit: Good Governance

Good Governance

The management of a community group’s policy and affairs is the responsibility of its committee, typically elected at the annual general meeting (AGM). In fulfilling this responsibility, effective committees recognise the importance of implementing and adhering to good governance practices as such measures underpin the success of any group.

The Scottish Governance Code for the Third Sector, a voluntary tool developed by Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum, sets out five core principles of good governance:

  1. Organisational purpose
  2. Leadership
  3. Board behaviour
  4. Control
  5. Effectiveness

In embodying these principles, a committee will have a clear understanding of the purpose and values of the group, a firm knowledge of its own role, powers and responsibilities and provide strategic direction in line with the group’s vision and values. It will also work collectively to oversee progress/performance while demonstrating and embracing mutual respect, integrity, openness and accountability in all that it does.

To assist committee’s in reviewing governance and identifying areas for improvement, SCVO’s Good Governance Checkup tool can be used in conjunction with the Code as part of a self-evaluation process.

For further information or support on any aspect of governance, please contact VASLan’s Stuart Reilly at [email protected]

Kiltwalk 2021 – Help raise funds for Carluke Men’s Shed

Tom and Wendy Kennedy are embarking on the challenge of this year’s Kiltwalk 2021 to raise funds for Carluke Men’s Shed — as they did last year.

Tom, who is Carluke Men’s Shed Treasurer said,

It’s been a tough year keeping Carluke Men’s Shed going and its members staying in contact and being positive while Coronavirus restrictions are in effect. Hopefully restrictions will begin to ease in the near future and members will be able to get together again to socialise and engage in practical activities and planned projects.

We will be setting off on the Kiltwalk on Sunday 25th April 2021 and walking around Strathclyde Park in Motherwell 3 times which is the equivalent of  12miles (nearly half a marathon in the Olympics !!)

We ask anyone who has the funds to do so, please make a donation for our efforts to reach our target of £2k and, hopefully, more.

Every penny we raise will be topped up by 50% thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.

Any donation you can spare will mean the world to us and our chosen charity – Carluke Men’s Shed.

Thank you in advance!

Tom and Wendy

The link below will take you to the Kiltwalk Just Giving page for Tom Kennedy.

https://virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-TomKennedy

If you can, please Gift Aid your donation when asked.

This will allow the Charity to reclaim an extra 25% in tax on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer.

Learn more about the Tom Hunter Foundation here – https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/charity/fundraising

Learn more about Gift Aid here –

https://help.justgiving.com/hc/en-us/articles/200670391-A-guide-to-Gift-Aid-UK-only-

 

Well done and Thank you to Emma & Tracy!

Street Level would like to say a great big THANK YOU to Emma & Tracy for their efforts in raising some much-needed funds for the Street Level Youth Project.

They took on the chalenge of walking 100 miles in a month and decided to give all the sponsorship money to Street Level.

Through rain, hail, sleet, snow and the odd bit of sunshine, they trudged their way around Carluke and surrounding area; culminating in a grand finale at the top of Tinto Hill!

The total ammount they raised for Street Level was £865.72

Well done you two!

Funding for sports clubs announced.

The Clubs in Crisis Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland on behalf of Made By Sport, offers local sports clubs and organisations the opportunity to apply for a grant to help support young people as they start to recover from the effects of the latest lockdown. The fund will award unrestricted grants of £2,021 to clubs who match the criteria.

They are looking for applications from clubs and community organisations using sport to improve young people’s lives through one or more of the following means:

– Developing life skills
– Building strong communities
– Improving mental health
– Developing employability skills
– Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour
– Key to the fund is that it supports clubs and organisations intentionally using community sport provision to deliver wider social outcomes, not those focusing on developing and widening opportunities to participate.

When to Apply

The fund opens on 12 April 2021. Check the Foundation Scotland website on this date to find out more and apply.

Make your voice heard – Jock’s Burn Woodland Community Survey

Do you live in Carluke?
If so, we would love to hear from you!

Located near the centre of Carluke, Jock’s Burn, is an important greenspace used by local people and is also an important wildlife corridor through the town. It can readily be accessed from Glenafeoch Road, Parkandarroch Crescent or Old Bridgend.
The Council proposes designating this area as a Local Nature Reserve.

We, at South Lanarkshire Countryside and Greenspace would like to find out what local people think about Jock’s Burn. Who uses the site? Do you? What would encourage you to enjoy the area more regularly? What activities would you like to see there?

Tell us what you think by completing our short survey by following this link

The survey should take about 5-10 minutes.

Please share! We are keen to hear from people of all ages including children and young people.
More information about Jock’s Burn is available here
https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/…/13644/jocks_burn

Thanks to funding and support from Smarter Choices Smarter Places, South Lanarkshire Council and Community Links

New fund available for community groups [Arnold Clark]

The Arnold Clark Community Fund is open to all local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the end of each month, 500 applications will be granted. Final deadline 31st of May.

Tips: The application process is simple and doesn’t require detailed financial financial information, however supporting attachments is recommended.

Learn more here: https://www.arnoldclark.com/community-fund

Essential digital skills toolkit (SCVO)

Source: https://scvo.scot/support/digital/skills

The Essential Digital Skills Framework, launched in May 2018 after extensive consultation, and now hosted by the Department for Education, includes life and work skills and is made up of five sections: communicating, transacting, problem solving, handling information and content, being safe and legal online.

We have now developed a new Essential Digital Skills Toolkit in consultation with over 60 organisations, to support individuals, groups and organisations to measure their digital skills. This Toolkit was created with real people in mind and we have tried to make it as user-friendly and accessible as we can. We encourage you to use it, to modify it and come back to use with your feedback and suggestions.

The Toolkit can be used by individuals and organisations running digital skills projects in their communities and workplaces, and can help to identify:

• a skills gap;
• to benchmark against other organisations;
• to evidence a need;
• and to measure the success of an intervention.

You can download the toolkit.

Digital Foundation Skills

The framework also includes a section on ‘foundation’ skills, which are typically required by those not currently using digital technology or using it in limited ways. These foundation skills are needed in all circumstances before moving on to develop skills for life and skills for work.

For more information about each foundation and digital skill, visit our Digital Participation page.

VASLan Free Funder Database

If you’re looking to find funding for your community group or project, VASLan’s free Funder Database provides a comprehensive list of funding opportunities that you may be able to access. Whether your proposals aim to address social isolation, heritage preservation, lack of local recreational opportunities or any other identified need, the Funder Database will enable you to track down the funders that will best suit your vision and help you make a real difference in your community. 

With details of over 130 funds that are currently open, you can use the buttons provided to browse by funding amount, theme, closing date and name to ensure that you find the funders that are most relevant to your proposals. Each listing includes the fund’s name, objectives, application criteria, contact details and application link to help you commence the application process. 

Should you require support with developing your funding proposals, making an application or using the Funder Database, please contact Peter McGhee via [email protected] or by calling 07514 658 498. 

More ONECarluke Community Growing Kits On the Way!

We’ve had a brilliant response to our first call-out for recruits into the ONECarluke Growing Army. 

100 Growing Kits are nearly fulfilled, however in order to ensure nobody misses out we have now ordered another 100! 

These will be available week commencing 15th March 2021, but you can pre-order now by clicking the button below.

Introducing ONECarluke Area Network! (ONECAN)

At its latest meeting the ONECarluke Group agreed to change its name to reflect the area that it supports. This area can be visualised as Electoral Ward 1 Clydesdale West (see ward map below), and is also referred to as the Parish of Carluke.

The group’s new name, ONECarluke Area Network (ONECAN) – Working Together, reflects the ambition of the group to bring together people and communities throughout the area, and not just Carluke.

The group will now actively seeking to engage with and support the communities, areas and businesses throughout this area, particularly as we emerge from the challenges posed by Covid-19.

Spring is Just Around the Corner – Come and Join the Celebrations!

We are pleased to report that £12,000 has been secured for the ONECarluke Community Growing and Learning Garden.  The money has come from the Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF), a Scottish Government fund administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The project aim is to produce our own fruit and vegetables for sharing and to grow flowers and shrubs to beautify our town and our neighbourhood.

This CCAF funding will allow us to purchase and erect 3 large polytunnels, install a 3000-litre underground rainwater capture system, provide 100 tonnes of peat free topsoil, construct 6 raised beds, plant and maintain 55 fruit trees and provide garden hand tools. These will be used by volunteers visiting the garden at the High Mill on Chapel Street. It is expected that the garden will be ready for community use from mid spring 2021.

The funds will also help the garden move towards the healthy, sociable space we are aiming for – a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can relax, share, and develop skills.

So that we can get off to a flying start when the tunnels are ready, we would like 100 volunteers to take one of our free packs home and start the seeds off on the first part of their growing journey. The packs contain seed trays, base trays, 0.25L pots (7cmx7cmx8cm) made from recycled materials, a bag of compost and of course, seeds. Any excess compost and seeds can be used by volunteers for their own growing space.

We want to engage everyone in our community in the venture, from those with experience to complete beginners. Workshops and guidance will be provided at all stages. This may be the chance to try a new and rewarding hobby and become part of Carluke’s “Growing Army”. You could help tackle climate change, grow local food, reduce emissions and have fun!

If you would like to be part of this exciting new venture, contact us at [email protected] or put pen to paper and give us your details by delivering a card, note or letter through our letter box at the CDT office in the High Street. It’s on the opposite corner to Occasions and is closed at the moment because of lockdown but we will check for mail.

To ALL community groups in the Parish of Carluke!

ONECarluke Community Group Survey : Beyond Covid-19.

ONECarluke Town Team would like to share their gratitude to all the groups who managed to respond to the Covid-19 survey.

64 groups were represented as part of the consultation process, each with their own unique interests, challenges and ambitions for the future.

The ONECarluke Covid-19 project steering group has reviewed all responses and has developed an Action Plan.

In the spirt of continuing the conversation, please get in touch if you’d like to share your group’s story, or if you have any further comments, ideas or suggestions.

By doing so you will have the ability to share news, events and have access to the new features being developed as shown in the Action Plan.

Online Funding Roadshow – 10am, 24th February

Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire are pleased to bring the 2021 Funding Roadshow on the 24th February (10am)!

All groups are welcome to come along and find out what grants are available, where the grants are, how to apply for the grants and more.

Representatives from the Robertson Trust and National Lottery Community Fund Scotland will be in attendance with more to confirm.

There will be an opportunity to ask the funders questions as well as finding out what funds are currently open to your organisation.

To book a place e-mail [email protected]

Spaces are limited and will go fast so book early to avoid disappointment

Upcoming online events with Transition Stirling

Transition Stirling have some fantastic free online events coming up. Have a look below. Transition Stirling operates a Tool Library, workshops and offers training.

vegan

Vegan Pie Making (from scratch) (Transition Stirling)

In this workshop Coco will show you how easy a home made pie (pastry and all) is. We love it when you cook along with…
Dye

Natural Home-Made Fabric Dye (Transition Stirling)

In this demonstration class Michaella will go through various techniques of eco printing. This is the process of extracting natural pigments and dyes from nature…
upcycling

Furniture Upcycling Workshop (Transition Stirling)

Join the amazing and extremely knowledgeable Michaella for interactive furniture upcycling event. This workshop will be split into 2 parts. From 10 - 12 we will look at surface…
Cloud

Film screening: The Cloud Forest

Join us for this online screening of The Cloud Forest. We are showing this film as part of Take One Action Film Festivals' Local Initiative.…

New funding for community groups – SCVO Adapt & Thrive Programme

From SCVO Website (https://scvo.scot/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/community-recovery/atf)

Adapt and Thrive is part of the £25m Community and Third Sector Recovery Programme announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government on 2nd September 2020. Information on the Communities Recovery Fund strand. The programme forms part of the wider Scottish Government Third Sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Adapt and Thrive Programme aims to support organisations across the third sector to adapt to the challenges presented by COVID-19 and build back better to thrive in the future. It provides the opportunity, space, and support so organisations can reflect on their current services and determine which areas need to change, flex, innovate, or grow in order to be resilient and successful during and post COVID-19.

The programme will run until March 20201 and is delivered in partnership by Firstport, Corra Foundation, SCVO, Just Enterprise, Community Enterprise and Social Investment Scotland.

Recovery for the third sector has not been straightforward, and lockdowns, changes to guidelines and the tier system will continue to be part of our daily lives in 2021.  As a response, Adapt and Thrive has adapted and from 11January, all eligible organisations can access funding regardless of turnover size and the top value of grants has increased to £75K.

Adapt and Thrive offers tailored, specialist advice, as well as grants and loans. The advice is designed to help organisations to build recovery plans that are flexible, allowing them to stay open, respond or adapt quickly to any changes in guidelines or tiers. The funding is unrestricted so it can also adapt around the needs of the organisation.

Costs that the funding can cover

The funding aims to be flexible so it supports your recovery plan and it will be awarded on an unrestricted basis. However, in the application you will be expected to break down what you plan to spend the funds on. These should directly relate to your recovery plan. 

Some examples of the types of costs we expect to fund include:

  • Costs associated with adapting premises for re-opening. For example, PPE, perspex, glass, etc.
  • Staff salaries. You may need to bring back staff who have been furloughed so they can support the implementation of your plan. For example, the person that develops your fundraising activities. You need to tell us for how long the funding is likely to cover these costs, i.e. if your plan shows that after eight months your income is likely to return to pre-COVID levels by implementing new fundraising activities, we would expect the salary costs to cover the eight-month period.
  • Consultancy or short-term contracted staff.  You may need to bring in a consultant if you don’t have the skills/expertise in house. For example, you may need to hire an HR specialist to help with staff contracts if working practices have changed. Again, we want to know how long you are likely to need these services for. 
  • Contributions towards capital expenditure. In order to operate safely, your premises may need significant adaptations. While the programme may not be able to support extensive capital projects, you can apply for a contribution towards these costs.  For example you may need to make adjustments to toilets or washing facilities, or purchasing digital equipment (if there is a shift to online delivery). 
  • Stock or materials required to support the implementation of your plan. For example, you may need marketing materials such as customer signage.
  • Changes to services. In some instances, we may consider funding costs that relate to changes to the services you deliver, but only if the changes directly support your recovery plan.
  • Essential overheads and other fixed costs. If your organisation has been forced to close as an essential part of responding to national lockdown or tier level change, you can ask for these costs as part of your overall funding ask. Please note that resilience costs can, at most, cover the period from date of application until 31 March 2021 and cannot be the sole funding ask.

Funding will be unrestricted to support the delivery of your plan and enable your organisation to adapt and divert the funding to what your organisation needs if your circumstances change (for example, a local lockdown).

Costs that can’t be supported

  • Lost income from activities that were planned prior to the pandemic. For example, a fundraising event you had to cancel or a contract that has been postponed.
  • Staff costs associated with service/project delivery
  • Any retrospective costs
  • Any historical debt
  • Activities and goods related to current delivery of services or emergency support
  • Activities that do not align to the Government’s tier system

Learn more: https://scvo.scot/support/coronavirus/funding/scottish-government/community-recovery/atf

Get involved in Carluke’s development!

CARLUKE DEVELOPMENT TRUST (CDT) would like to invite members of the community to join their existing team of volunteers in a variety of roles as they support the Parish of Carluke on its journey of development and regeneration.

Established in 1999, CDT have identified, developed and supported a number of collaborative and partnership led projects, programmes and activities, for example, the restoration of the Highmill and the Jam and Ham festival.

In order to meet the increasing needs of the ‘Trust’, and support the communities, CDT would welcome interest from all ages within the Parish of Carluke who are willing to share their skills, experience and knowledge.

Areas of interest currently identified are :-

  • Green Energy and Recycling
  • Heritage and Historical Regeneration
  • Landscaping, Gardening, Building and Land Maintenance
  • Web and Social Media
  • Local Democracy
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Community Engagement and Volunteering Support

If you could offer support in any of the above, or any other relevant area of interest to support the regeneration of ‘Our Town’, then CDT want to hear from you.

Please complete the short enquiry form below.

If you would like any more information you can call Bill Anderson on 07938816689.

Register for the Scottish Government COVID 19 research panel 2021

Scottish Government researchers are recruiting people to help us better understand and predict the next stages of the COVID-19 epidemic in Scotland. You can register if you live in Scotland and are 18 or over.

For more information please visit: https://response.questback.com/isa/qbv.dll/bylink?p=BDGGA3y8lvBzuQ9i3cGty1YFkAPCNauA2aT7-o76TqM53xT3Fcnl3sm7lQyeszE9OntyfntShgA45AvZ4wfBOg2

Ring a bell for Carluke – Merry Christmas!

Ring a bell for Carluke – Merry Christmas Everyone!
 
Don’t forget Santa will be joining us from 6.30pm to read his messages to loved ones near and far alongside messages for the community.
 
view the gallery of all videos as they appear at onecarluke.org.uk/carlukes-christmas-messages/ or head over to @What’s on Carluke on Facebook.

Have a lovely, peaceful time everyone! It’s been a challenging, but also inspirational year with communities coming together to support each other.

Thank you!

Carluke High School Christmas Concert!! Tuesday 15th

Carluke High School Christmas Concert!! Tuesday 15th

It’s that time again for the annual Carluke High School Christmas Concert – only this year, we’ve gone virtual! Join us online on Tuesday 15th December 2020 @ 7PM! For more info on how to watch, check out our Eventbrite page below and follow us on Twitter @CarlukeHS_Music! 🎵🎁🎄#christmas #music #concert #character #confidence #courage #kindness

Our concert is free to wavtch, although we are asking for donations this year to go towards our Piano Fund, in order to help raise money to buy new pianos for the Carluke Music Department. Any money at all that you can spare this Christmas would be a great help for us to be able to give our pupils the resources they need!

Thank you and Merry Christmas from the Carluke High School Music Department!

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/131187987803

Carluke Listeners can now offer listening sessions using Zoom

These are hard times and we all have a need to talk to someone who will really listen to us.  Someone who will give us space to say what we have to say without interruption. Someone who will listen respectfully and listen in strict confidence.  Carluke Listeners are here to do just that.

Due to Covid restrictions, we cannot meet face to face at the moment but we can now offer:

  • Zoom video listening sessions – to find out more email [email protected]
  • Telephone listening sessions – to find out more call or text 07434 843518

There is no charge for this service

Calling all retail outlets in Carluke!

We have several retail shops on our high street and surrounding areas that also operate online.

Please comment if you know of any others so we can help highlight their businesses.

Let’s build a list of businesses that also sell online.

We will contact you directly with information on a upcoming event. All local traders and sellers in the full parish of Carluke. 🎄

This is the time to help each other we’re possible.

#staysafe #lovelocal #shoplocal

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Carluke now Level 4 Covid restrictions & ideas to help your wellbeing.

Carluke / South Lanarkshire will move to Level 4 restrictions from this Friday 20th November. Read more about what this means here:https://www.gov.scot/…/corona…/pages/protection-level-4/

Have a wee browse through our wellbeing resources below including ideas for fitness and relaxation.

Stay Active Stay Steady DVD which is an exercise guide for elderly people, specifically targeting frail elderly people.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmuRxztsS0Nyfsr9JjPdV1nW4Q-2hKyAi

Strength + Balance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZplzbLmfz0

Get Running with couch to 5K  https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-running-with-couch-to-5k/?tabname=couchto-5k

Fitness Studio exercise videos – range of videos available here for aerobic, strength / resistance and Pilates / yoga workouts at home.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/ 

BeneFIT from Activity

Exercise and long-term conditions http://www.benefitfromactivity.org.uk/

Diet

Please see the link below with common Q&A regarding diet and nutrition and COVID 19 that the British Dietetic Association have pulled together.

https://www.bda.uk.com/resource/covid-19-corona-virus-advice-for-the-general-public.html?dm_i=1M7S,6SOLO,9LQ3AS,R781Z,1

  • General nutrition advice,
  • How to manage food supplies
  • Malnutrition
  • Specific health conditions such as Diabetes, Coeliac Disease, Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and allergies
  • Pregnancy and babies including infant feeding

British Heart Foundation 

Range of resources and video links

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heartmatters-magazine/activity

Sneak preview of progress at the High Mill.

One of the neighbours was having some repair done and took the opportunity to take this photo from this perspective.

The photo shows the work that has been carried out – and the portacabins currently on-site etc for the Carluke Community Growing and Learning Garden. Watch this space!

The photo also gives a great perspective of the site including the positioning of the windmill, barn and garden.

Scottish Child payment support from Scottish Government

Scottish Child Payment helps towards the costs of supporting your family. It’s a weekly payment of £10 that you can get for every child you look after who’s under 6 years of age. You’ll get the payment every 4 weeks if your application is successful.

It’s up to you what you choose to spend the money on. You could use Scottish Child Payment for things like:

  • travel costs
  • nappies and other essentials
  • childcare
  • family days out

Scottish Child Payment does not affect any other UK or Scottish Government benefits that you, or any person in your household, currently get. If you want to know how Scottish Child Payment might affect local council allowances or grants, such as the Scottish Welfare Fund, you can contact your local council.

Learn more about the new support (and how to apply) here

Family Movie Quiz Night (Virtual)

Challenge your friends to find out who knows the most about family movies. Join our movie quiz night on Zoom for an evening of family fun in your own home.

What’s your specialist subject? Animation? Quotes? Sit down with your favourite snacks and the winner will go away with 20% of the nights takings.

Suggested donation £5 per family.

Message the group via Facebook or email  [email protected] for the zoom link and payment link.

Note: this is the same quiz as last year at the bowling club so if you missed out this is a great opportunity.

Scotland Loves Local – grant for local businesses (by 25/11)

The £1 million Scottish Government Scotland Loves Local Fund aims to empower communities by enabling local delivery of projects, and giving them support and guidance to help them achieve aims important to them. The fund encourages communities to ‘love local’, recognise the importance of their local areas, and actively engage in and develop them.

Applications for the fund are open from Sunday 18th October, and close at 5pm on Wednesday 25th November. Please see HERE for more information, and to access the application form and guidance note.

Tattie-Bogle Competition a Great Success

Running for the second year, our Tattie-Bogle competition was a great success with entries almost doubling those from the previous year. The competition ran between 1st – 4th October and we saw 39 amazing scarecrows displayed across Carluke, Braidwood and surrounding areas. The creativity and superb effort of everyone taking part was overwhelming and gave the local community much needed fun finding the scarecrows using the google map provided. It was lovely to see nurseries also taking part and we hope more schools will get involved in the future.

With such varied entries including a giant baby, a robot with flashing lights, some brilliant Hay-ray Potters and a wedding couple (made by a couple getting married at the time of the event – Congratulations!) it was very hard to choose winners. Judging ran in conjunction with the Carluke Development Trust with bonus points for using recycled materials. Prizes (generously donated) included 4 tickets to Deep Sea World, 4 tickets to Clyde Valley Family Park, a Lego bundle (Tesco), a riding lesson from Equitots and Tesco vouchers.£210 was raised (including donations from kind neighbours who didn’t take park but wanted to support the event). 

All money going to the Braidwood Community Group Playpark Project, to raise funds towards a desperately needed new playpark. At a time when so many events have been cancelled our group were delighted to still be able to host this great community event. It was wonderful to see so many people taking part and brightening up our towns and villages with a bit of fun. Residents, old and young, have loved seeing the scarecrows scattered around and we hope the success of the event continues to grow in future years…

🎉AND THE WINNERS ARE🎉

🔹 Most Facebook likes – Bee Yourself, Bridgend View
🔸 Most Creative – Honey I Blew Up the Baby, Loanfoot Gardens
🔹 Best Use of Recycled Materials – Robot, Belstane Rd
🔸 Most Humorous – Up The Pole, Howgate Farm
🔹 Best Dressed – Scarepunzel, Eastfield Rd
🔸 Best Scene – Mr MacGregors Garden, Croftfoot
🔹 Most Realistic – Pirate, Loch Ave
🔸 Best Movie/TV – Harry Potter, Market Road
🔹 Best School/Nursery – Crawforddyke Nursery
🔸 Best Business – Milton Grange Nursing Home
🔹 Best Street – Loanfoot Gardens
🔸 Honourable Mention – Fox, Orchard Street
🔹 Honourable Mention – Head in the sand, Cooper Avenue

Congratulations to you all!!More importantly thank you so much to everyone who took part and brightened up our town and village when we need it so much. It has been so lovely to see such great community spirit.

Photos of all entries can be found on our Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/BraidwoodCommunityGroup/posts/2730306550571438

Braidwood Christmas Trail! (14th – 20th December)

Braidwood Community Group is delighted to introduce our new event!

From the 14th until the 20th of December our cheeky Christmas characters will be hiding letters around town for you to find. All you have to do is make a donation to Braidwood Community Group (suggestion of £2) and we will send you a map. Solve the anagram and email us your answer for a chance to win a fantastic Christmas hamper!! 🎅

To enter simply pm us via Facebook or email us: [email protected]

Renewable Energy Fund Grant available for Carluke community groups!

Carluke Community Council are seeking quick applications for community groups up to £500.

Further information about the grant can be found here

The application form can be found here

Completed forms should be sent by email to: [email protected]

If you wish to talk with Carluke Community Council, please contact Ray Ashe (Chairman): [email protected]

Deadline: 30th November.

Positive Move For High Mill Development

Carluke’s historic High Mill has received Planning Consent for:

Proposed Alterations and extensions to the mill and former stable buildings and erection of various community buildings within site to form community use spaces and garden.

And listed Building Consent for:

Restoration, Alterations and Extensions to Mill and associated buildings.

This is another significant step on the community’s journey to restoring the 200+ year-old Mill and the creation of a Community Growing & Learning Garden and will allow the development and submission of significant funding applications, seeking support for the repair and restoration of the existing buildings and the creation of new community facilities including:

  • A Community Food HUB
  • An Outdoor Classroom/ Potting Shed
  • A Changing Places Facility
  • Community meeting and events

The Carluke Community Trading Board (CCT) has led the development of the project for the past two years, and and has achieved a number of successes including;

Members of our communities have been involved for a significant number of years and one such long-term supporter and Chair of the High Mill Steering Group, Christine Warren said,

“This is such a significant step towards saving an important part of Carluke’s, and the nation’s, industrial heritage. The High Mill and its surrounding community garden can now be developed into a most wonderful asset for everyone in the Carluke community.

This project has the capacity to fulfil so many physical and mental outcomes for the young and the not so young, for the fit and the not so fit. It will also provide job opportunities. As the project progresses, visitors will also come to see our High Mill in all its restored glory bringing an added benefit to our town. It is the beginning of an exciting time for Carluke.”

Carluke Development Trust’s Chair Tom Sneddon –

“This is great news. We have reached another important milestone in our journey in realising our overall masterplan for the land and buildings which has been widely publicised. This is up there with the community taking ownership of the site and importantly provides hope in these strange times.”

Whilst an important Milestone, the securing of Planning and Listed Building Consent represents the beginning of the next stage of the projects development including:

Claudia Beamish MSP (South of Scotland):

“Having been involved in supporting initial negotiations with the previous owner of High Mill, I congratulate all who have worked tirelessly to reach this point in such an exciting community journey.

The positive aims of the Trust for the Mill and the opportunities for wellbeing created by the community garden are now closer to reality and a tonic for all in such challenging times.”

Councillor, Poppy Corbett added “I am delighted to see that Planning Consents have been granted to The Carluke High Mill and very much look forward to watching the development of this Historic Site. Congratulations to Carluke Development Trust for all of their hard work in this project”

Angela Crawley MP said:

“I am delighted that consent has been granted for the Carluke High Mill and the ONECarluke Community Growing & Learning Garden.

“Both projects have the potential to be transformational for the area and will become a real community asset.

“I wish the Trust well as they move through the next stages of the process and look forward to working with them to help them realise their ambitions.”

MSP for Clydesdale Aileen Campbell said:

“After a dedicated effort from all involved in Carluke to redevelop this historic site for the town, to receive planning consent now is a moment of real achievement and sets the path forward for the plans to be put to fruition.

“I am excited to see the project move forward and to see the benefits for the town that will hopefully come.”

Carluke Development Trust, Annual General Meeting, 2020

Carluke Development Trust, Annual General Meeting, 2020 – Tuesday 10th November 2020, at 7pm

This year because of Covid 19 restrictions the AGM will be held virtually on ZOOM.

Members can join us at the ZOOM meeting by clicking on the link that will be established on the ONECarluke Community Portal site at; https://www.onecarluke.org.uk/events/cdtagm2020

The link will be live 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

Members wishing to have a Motion discussed at this year’s AGM, are asked to provide details of the Motion in writing.

Motions can be sent to Bill Anderson by either:

Post, to: Carluke Development Trust, ONESpace Community Hub, 76 High Street, Carluke, ML8 4AJ

OR Email, to: [email protected]

Please ensure the following statement is inserted into the subject line of the email: CARLUKE DEVELOPMENT TRUST AGM 2020 – MOTION

Member’s Motions should be received no later than:7pm on Tuesday 3rd November 2020

Support for business – Town Centre Small Business PPE Grant

If you run a small business in one of South Lanarkshire’s eligible town centres you can apply for a £100 grant to help with the cost of Covid-19 public health measures.

What is being funded?

Grants can be used towards costs that have been incurred or towards costs to be incurred. Eligible expenditure can include:

  • PPE such as face masks, visors or gloves for use by staff or visitors.
  • Hand sanitiser and sanitiser dispensing units.
  • Protective screens installed at cash desks and other public interface areas.
  • Internal signage related to public safety.
  • Other items which South Lanarkshire Council, at its sole discretion considers appropriate

Who can apply?

Small businesses only. To be eligible for consideration the applicant business must:

  • Operate from business premises that are accessed by the public.
  • Be within the eligible town centre boundary as defined by the South Lanarkshire Local Plan. Businesses in towns where there is a Business Improvement District or if the town centre is under commercial management cannot be considered.
  • Have no more than 3 separate business outlets.
  • Have no more than 5 FTE employees per business outlet.

When can I apply?

The fund is now open. Please note that funding available is limited and will be awarded on a first come first served basis based on applications being received by the council.

To apply and learn more visit: https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200279/support_for_business/1917/town_centre_small_business_ppe_grant

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