Two Community Asset Transfer Successes in North Lanarkshire
Cliftonville and Coatdyke Community Group completed their Community Asset Transfer earlier this month, gaining ownership of Coatbridge indoor bowling club from North Lanarkshire Properties. This has coincided with the 50th year of the bowling club. With support from COSS, the group secured funding from the Scottish Land Fund for a feasibility study and subsequently £190,000 to buy the building. Despite some initial challenges with eligibility, some tough negotiations and the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the group are now looking forward to repairing the building and recruiting a new manager. A huge well done to the group and everyone involved for their hard work throughout the process. Read more here.
At the end of May, Palacerigg Community Trust had a 19-year lease approved by North Lanarkshire Council for Palacerigg Country Park’s former visitor centre and surrounding plot. This included two longhouses, the blue barn, rotary and the Meadow and Crush fields. On the back of an overwhelming community response to returning animals to the park, COSS supported the establishment of the community trust in August 2020. Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the trust gathered partnerships and developed a very impressive business plan. The trust plan to grow food, develop a community space, run a café, provide outdoor learning for schools, and put on various events and activities, alongside bringing animals back to the park. With ongoing support from COSS, the trust hope to bring these exciting plans to life by the end of the year. A big well done to the trust for this achievement. Read more here.
Success for Friends of Dundonald Castle
A little earlier this year, Friends of Dundonald Castle were successful in completing their Community Asset Transfer of Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre from South Ayrshire Council. COSS has supported the group throughout the process. The visitor centre is located at the foothills of the 14th century castle, nestled in ancient woodlands in Dundonald village. The visitor centre is also a community hub and has long been the base of operations for the group. Owning the building will ensure the centre is available for future generations and for the benefit of the local economy. With ownership secured, Friends of Dundonald Castle are planning to expand their space to provide a wide range of activities, events and other services throughout the year. COSS would like to say a big congratulations to all involved in this achievement. Read more here.
CPD for Local Authorities
COSS has recently concluded it’s first programme of CPD webinars on Community Asset Transfer for Local Authorities. The four-part series began with an overview of the process, moving onto a more detailed look at matters of eligibility and governance as well as risk management, and concluded with a webinar on how Community Asset Transfer processes can be improved going forward. With 24 out of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities and the Improvement Service in attendance, the webinar programme has received very positive feedback and will act as a springboard for more collaborative working between COSS and Local Authorities going forward. COSS plans to advertise the next round of this CPD webinar programme in late summer. If you work in a Local Authority and have responsibilities related to Community Asset Transfer, and would like to attend a CPD programme, please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk.
COSS has also recently concluded a two-part CPD webinar programme on Community Asset Transfer for third sector organisations. If you would like to know more about this and are interested in attending a future CPD programme, please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk.
Growing Community Assets in Inverclyde
Ever busy with webinars, COSS – on the suggestion of The Inverclyde Shed – recently ran a webinar called ‘Growing Community Assets in Inverclyde’. The webinar was attended by people from community groups in Inverclyde interested in creating and developing community assets in their area. Led by a presentation from Bruce Newlands of The Inverclyde Shed on the amazing work that his organisation have been doing, COSS and DTAS staff gave further presentations on Community Asset Transfer, Heads of Terms in leases and vacant and derelict land. COSS would like to thank Bruce and all those who attended.
Role of Facilities Management Course – September
COSS is running a two-day Role of Facilities Management Course on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th September. Delivered by Beth Goodyear from FHMS Consulting, this has proved to be an exceptionally popular course and feedback from past attendees has been excellent. The course will be of particular interest to anybody in facilities management roles who are wanting to know more about topics including service delivery, financial management and sustainability, as well as many other areas. There is a fee of £50 per place, with attendance capped at two delegates per organisation. If you would like to know more and are interested in attending this course, please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk.
Local, community organisations have been at the forefront of the coronavirus response in Scotland. At the Community Ownership Support Service, we are not surprised that many of the groups we work with to take on assets have been so well placed to provide effective support in their communities during this time. Who better to support those who need it than these organisations who know the people and the places they are rooted in so well? Fantastic examples of this are Kinning Park Complex's 'Acts of Organised Kindness' project, Inverclyde Shed's community garden and Cowie Rural Action Group's food delivery and community support services.
Follow the link below to hear more about the fantastic work these organisations are doing. Maybe they will inspire you, or maybe you are already doing similar work, in which case we would love to hear from you.