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Spirit gathers pace

01 June 2015

Fourteen LOGO FinalwebFollowing the announcement that Caithness, Islay and Jura, Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh and the 3 Glasgow
Communities - Calton, Gorbals and Ruchill & Possilpark have been chosen as Scotland's 6 Spirit of 2012 Fourteen communities, there has been a hive of activity as communities come together to nurture ideas and aspirations of local people. Each community will have around £250k to invest in three priority areas, social action and volunteering; grass roots sport and physical activity; cultural activity and the arts. The hope is that this will connect people within communities; improve individual well-being; overcome isolation and improve perceptions towards disability and impairment.

Some of the communities have adopted the name 'Spirit of.......... to reflect the funding from Spirit of 2012. Fourteen is a £3.5m programme funded by Spirit of 2012's Glasgow Commonwealth Games Legacy programme.

Various events have been held in each community to bring people together, encourage and build friendships and form links and partnerships between individuals and groups that will hopefully open new conversations and possibilities.From these meetings many people expressed interest to be on a Panel. These small groups representing local residents are now deciding how best to reach out to everyone in the local area. They are also putting together a framework for how the funds will be distributed based on the ideas and aspiration of community groups and local people and considering how best to evaluate learning from the programme.

Foundation Scotland is providing support to the community panels as well as administering the funds ensuring decision making is accountable and transparent. We will also help the panels to grow community opportunities by securing other funding.

Communities update

Some communities are already well underway with special events planned and some initial funding to ripple some immediate benefit to local people.

To kick start funding Islay and Jura is providing £500 to each of the community’s six primary school parent councils to assist with a project or activity in keeping with the Spirit of the Fourteen programme. They are in the process of launching ‘On Your Marks!’ a small grant scheme up to £2000 for local organisations to apply. Islay and Jura Community Enterprise and Council of Voluntary Service are working with Foundation Scotland to help run Fourteen for the benefit of Islay and Jura. A youth panel is also being established. You can apply now for funding.


Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh is planning a community Fun Day which will also serve as a launch event on 1st August to promote their initial grant making programmes ‘Sparks’ and ‘On Your Marks.’ The Panel have also decided to award a £1500 grant to both the Crags Centre and Canongate Youth in order to action some of the initial ideas put forward by the community. Therefore, this summer there will be a variety of activities that both children and young people from Dumbiedykes can get involved in.


The Gorbals are focusing on communication as a key priority to inform local residents of the opportunities available and to highlight how the community can become further involved. The Community Panel are keen support small scale ideas and activities through their 'Spark’ grants which should be available shortly. Alongside this the Community Panel are seeking to realise the aspirations expressed by the children of Blackfriars and St Francis Primary school who both took part in a ‘Spirit of the Gorbals’ consultation in June 2015.  You can  now apply for funding to On Your Marks and the Sparks Programme


Spirit of The Calton, as Fourteen is locally called, has launched their ‘On Your Marks’ open grant programme, groups can  now apply for funding.  The Community Panel will also have representation at the Calton Gala Day on Saturday 1st August to launch their ‘Spark’ grants and to engage with local residents. The Calton Youth Panel will also be attending the Gala day to encourage local young people and organisations to apply for grants which support activities that will benefit young people in the wider Calton community. The Community Panel are also planning to kickstart activity by awarding £500 to five organisations in the area to run a selection of summer activities that will benefit both old and young in the Calton.


Ruchill and Possilpark  You can now apply to their open grant programmes On Your Marks! or Sparks!. The decisions about where the money goes are being made by a Community Panel comprising of local people who live in the area.

This group of 17, which includes one young person, have been identified through an open call for expressions of interest.  Over the coming months we will be exploring how we can involve young people, and others, more in the process. The criteria which enables young people to participate on the Panel is different from that of the participating adults.  Young people do not have to be resident in Ruchill/Possilpark in order to put themselves forward.

If you would like to know more about Spirit’s Fourteen programme or to be put in touch with community representatives in any of the 6 Scottish communities please email:


kim@foundationscotland.org.uk for Dumbiedykes, Calton, Gorbals and Ruchill & Possilpark
eilidh@foundationscotland.org.uk for Caithness
gary@mactaggartleisurecentre.co.uk for Islay and Jura

 

 

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