Dunbritton’s Vision & Purpose statement commits us to doing more than just providing and managing homes for people who need affordable housing for rent and shared ownership. Over many years we have been involved in a huge variety of community-led and community-based projects from refurbishing and building new community halls; projects that provide training, skills development and employment opportunities; environmental improvement works; engaging with young people; estate regeneration; play and sports facilities; etc.
We have generated in excess of £7million in grants to support this vast range of projects and outcomes.
All of this would not have been possible without the support we buy in from Community Links Scotland, an organisation that we were involved in founding back in 2002.
Rhe People & Communities Fund (PCF), a government grant funding stream, replaced the Wider Role grants programme in 2012. This is a more limited fund but it has opened up the funding stream to more community groups. The funding limit and spread of availability means the number of projects we have supported has dropped, but we remain committed to doing what we can to support communities in our area of operation.
Our latest and current projects include:
Supporting the establishment of the ACT Argyll Project Team for the Helensburgh & Lomond area alongside a Team also being set up to cover the Oban & Lorn area. This is a rural skills training company that was set up in 2015 under the wing of the Argyll & the Isles Coast & Countryside Trust (AICCT). The Project replaces the work that the Argyll & Bute Employability Team used to do in managing squads of trainees working on environmental projects.
Dunbritton secured £131,530 grant from PCF as a catalyst for the set up of the ACT Argyll project and match funding has been secured from SNH, the Forestry Commission and Argyll & Bute Council. The Helensburgh Project Team’s first piece of work has been a complete overhaul of the garden landscaping at our properties at 9 & 11 Old Luss Road, Helensburgh. Enable supports the tenants in these properties, who had a hand in decided what they wanted and they are delighted with the work so far!
Clydeview Gardening Group – tenants within our Clydeview flats on East Montrose Street Helensburgh are keen to make best use of the large garden space available to them. With the help of Community Links Scotland, the Group has applied for funding from Awards for All and Community Food & Health Scotland to develop paths and build raised plant beds. Subject to successful outcomes from each application, the ACT Project Team will do the heavy work and the Gardening Group will do the planting in the spring