The Fraser Centre
Tranent in East Lothian is a growing town with new housing and a growing population but is at risk of becoming a dormitory town for people commuting to Edinburgh. There is a need to provide facilities for people to come together locally. The Fraser Centre was built in the 1920s as a film house but latterly fell into disuse and disrepair. The community has worked hard to re-establish the Centre as a focal point for the community but recognised it needed to be more than just a cinema. We worked with the Fraser Centre to understand local needs and demand and build a business case for a revamped Centre.
We liaised with a design team to develop a beautiful fit for purpose community hub for people of all ages in the town and supported the group to work up bids in the region of £2m. These are being currently being assessed.
Wester Loch Ewe Trust
Inverasdale School was built in the 1870s but closed due to population decline (there is now one child in the village). Wester Loch Ewe is a dispersed area of three crofting communities north of Poolewe. Since the school closed, volunteers have been delivering services there. They offer a small café in the summer (with an average of 45 customers per day), a small museum relating to the Arctic Convoys that left from the loch and some room hire and events. Community Enterprise undertook a period of consultation in the community including stakeholder meetings, focus groups, a public event, survey (with a very large return) and many one to one interviews. This resulted in a feasibility study and finally a full business plan showing a future of the small school as a community space with a high quality adjacent bunkhouse.
Wester Loch Ewe Trust applied to the Scottish Land Fund to purchase the building from the local authority and land from a private owner. They were successful in receiving a £30,000 grant and are recruiting a member of staff to progress the development.
Newmains Community Trust
We worked for three years in Newmains, taking this organisation from a disparate group of interested and passionate individuals and community groups to an incorporated company with a strategic vision and plans for a £2 million community hub. This has involved a period of visioning, detailed community consultation, bid writing, strategic planning, governance support and capacity building.
The organisation is now a company and have secured funding for a beautiful building following a successful Lottery grant of £2.3m (the biggest single Big Lottery grant ever awarded).
Clydesdale Community Initiatives
CCI Scotland is a unique social enterprise, incorporating a charity that delivers exceptional person centred programmes to individuals with a range of support needs and a professional construction company. We have supported the organisation in a number of ways over some years, with market research, commercial positioning and business planning.
"Community Enterprise took the time to fully understand our needs rather than trying to fit us into a category that they were comfortable with. The final outcome was therefore a plan that was specific, relevant and immediately useful. Thank you."
Most recently we supported the planning, development and bid writing for their flagship new centre near Lanark.
Eskdalemuir is a village of 300 people in Dumfries and Galloway. We worked with them to strengthen and flesh out their local consultation with a view to securing funding. We held various public consultations and undertook commercial market research to consider the financial viability of a local community asset. They have refurbished and extended the facility with shop, social space, training space and events venue.
Most recently we supported the planning, development and bid writing for their flagship new centre near Lanark. They have been in touch again, and we have assisted them in strengthening their governance.
The crofting village of Carloway has some great assets but also some elements of decline. In recent years the shop and post office closed and the last public amenity to go was the school. We considered the nature of the community, its assets and challenges and a future aspiration. We worked closely with a design team who produced plans based on a brief founded on the research.
The Community Association now has a viable plan for the building agreed at an open village meeting. They are now proceeding with a Scottish Land Fund bid to purchase the asset and are seeking to engage us again for the next stage of the development. This relates to a detailed business plan for a community shop and a space with a café and tourist outlet.
Dunoon Burgh Hall
Dunoon has suffered from socio-economic change and is a town in need of regeneration. Local people saved and took over the Burgh Hall with a vision to turn it into a community owned arts venue. We have supported them with in-depth community needs analysis and market research to support funding applications including Big Lottery’s Community Assets funding.
The final piece of the funding jigsaw is now in place for this listed building, using Heritage Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland, HIE and Big Lottery funding to create a facility that will be open to all and of benefit to all facilitating a step change for Dunoon.