COSS E-Bulletin August 2021

24 August, 2021

Scottish Land Fund Success for COSS clients

Two COSS clients have recently been awarded grants from the latest round of the Scottish Land Fund in July. Heart of Newhaven, in Edinburgh, and Forgan Arts Centre, in Newport-on-Tay, have received £792,000 and £292,800 respectively.

Heart of Newhaven is pursuing a Community Asset Transfer of Victoria Primary School in Newhaven, on the northern outskirts of Edinburgh. This follows a decision by City of Edinburgh Council to expand the school into new premises. Heart of Newhaven are seeking to create a new and vibrant multi-generational hub for local people. With this funding, they will be able to proceed with the purchase and begin refurbishment. Read more here.

Forgan Arts Centre, in Newport-on-Tay, is pursuing a Community Asset Transfer of Leng Home and grounds from Fife Council. Leng Home is a disused care home for the elderly. Forgan Arts Centre hope to use the building, grounds and garden to expand on their existing programme of classes and workshops. The grant will enable Forgan Arts Centre to proceed with these aims. Read more here.

COSS Adviser Nicky Donald has worked with both groups, helping to get them to this point. From all at COSS, a big well done to both groups and to Nicky.

Hallglen Hub Ministerial Visit

On Tuesday 17th August, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport and MSP for Falkirk West Michael Matheson met with staff and members from Hallglen Hub, DTAS’s Chief Executive Louisa Macdonell and COSS Advisor Lynn Molleson to discuss plans to re-open Hallglen Sports Centre following its closure in 2019. Hallglen Hub, now a registered charity, wants to ensure the space remains an accessible, safe and multi-generational space for local residents. A spokesperson from Hallglen Hub described the meeting as ‘very positive’ and said they were feeling ‘reinvigorated’ following it. Read more here.

Elgin Sports Community Trust Open New Arena  

COSS client Elgin Sports Community Trust have just opened their new arena, which includes a full size astro pitch and two smaller pitches. This space can be used for a variety of sports, including football, rugby, tennis and netball. This project shows how the power of partnership working can help overcome obstacles and get things moving quickly. Less than a year after their Asset Transfer Request was approved, Elgin Sports Community Trust and its partners have built and opened the pitches despite the pandemic and the legal difficulties of dealing with inalienable Common Good land. A huge well done to all involved. Read more here.

Assets for People and Place Webinar Programme for Community Groups

We are running a new round of our six-part webinar series on Community Asset Transfer. This series is for community groups and attendance is free. The programme is comprised of the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Community Asset Transfer – Tuesday 14th September 10am to 12noon. Book your place here.
  2. Feasibility – Wednesday 22nd September 10am to 12noon. Book your place here.
  3. Business Planning – Wednesday 29th September 10am to 12noon. Book your place here.
  4. Financial Planning – Wednesday 13th October 10am to 12noon. Book your place here.
  5. Governance and People – Tuesday 19th October 10am to 12noon. Book your place here.
  6. Facilities Management (Lite) – Tuesday 9th November 10am to 12noon. Book your place here.

You can attend the webinars that interest you – you do not need to attend all modules. Feedback from previous attendees has been excellent and it is also a very useful space for groups to discuss their ideas with others. Further information on each of the modules is available via the ‘Book your place here’ links. If you have any questions about any of the webinars, please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk.

Role of Facilities Management Course

We are running a Role of Facilities Management course on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th September. This is a two day course delivered by Beth Goodyear from FHMS Consulting. The course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain a better understanding of facilities management. It provides guidance, resources, tools and tips. Topics covered include: financial management, service improvement, health & safety, contract management, sustainability and many others. This is a very popular course that has received excellent feedback.

There is a fee of £50 per place on the course and we usually limit attendance to two delegates per organisation. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance. To book a place, or for further information, please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk.

CPD Programmes on Asset Transfer

Starting in October, COSS will be busy running the second round of our CPD programmes for Local Authorities and Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) on Community Asset Transfer. Both of these follow successful pilot programmes earlier this year. The aim of these CPD webinar series is to provide an accessible introduction to Community Asset Transfer, and to help establish productive relationships with staff in Local Authorities and TSIs. Feedback from previous attendees was excellent, with particular praise for our COSS Advisors and the networking opportunities provided by the programme. We are looking forward to starting this new round in the Autumn. If you would like to book a place or have any questions please email callum [at] dtascot [dot] org [dot] uk