The People in Place programme currently works alongside 9 communities in Scotland:

Blacklands, Kilwinning

A bit about Blacklands … 

The area now known as Blacklands was previously called the Ironworks and was the site of the Eglinton Ironworks, which at one time was the town’s biggest employer. Many other people in the area were employed in coal mining or hauling of coal and timber to the foundries. These traditional industries have gradually declined over the years. The building where the old “Ironworks Institute” stood is now known as Nethermains Community Centre. The Institute housed a small school, a library and a social centre, but importantly it also was a bath house and workers were encouraged to go there for a bath at least once a month. Later, a separate school was built for the ironworker’s children and this subsequently was called Blacklands Primary School. Sadly, it was destroyed by a fire in the early 1970s. The site where it stood is directly opposite the Ironworks Institute.  Robert Service Court, the sheltered housing complex was later built on this site.

Where the iron foundries and worker’s cottages once stood is directly behind the Nethermains Community Centre. This site is now mostly woodland leading down to the river.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Blacklands since late November 2016. We’ve worked with Blacklands Early Years Centre, the Parent Council for Blacklands Primary, Kilwinning Community Events and a few other groups and individuals to organise community-based activities. We’ve been going on walkabouts to get to know local people, attending local meetings, and doing desk-based research too. There is also a Blacklands Timeline if you’d like to learn more about what’s been happening in the area.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Blacklands Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.

We asked Louise what one of her favourite things about Blacklands is so far, and she said…

Getting to know the people and the history. She’s met incredibly nice and interesting people who live and work in the area so far.

You can find out a bit more about Louise here

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
louise@corra.scot
07809216572
Kilwinning Library, St Winning’s Lane
Kilwinning, KA13 6EP

@Louise_corra
LouiseBlackland

Blairbeth & Fernhill, South Lanarkshire

A little bit about Fernhill…

Most of Fernhill was open fields until the late 1950’s, when construction on houses first began and people started to settle in the area. The area has undergone lots of redevelopment in the last decade, particularly in terms of new houses. Some residents have lived in the community of Fernhill since it was first built.

If you haven’t been to Fernhill yet, you might be interested in visiting a statue called King of the Castle, known locally as Boy Wonder, which was created by Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Fernhill since June 2016 working from Fernhill Community Centre, Fernhill and Cathkin Parish Church and St. Mark’s Chapel. Lots of things have been happening since started working in the area. Meeting people and groups active in the local community has been important. We’ve taken part in a gala day and tent events to meet people, supported community centre volunteers to get together, worked with the local church, and supported community centre volunteers to deliver a group open day. We’ve also been doing a bit of desk based research to understand the community and its history better.

Please have a look at the Fernhill Timeline to see what else has been happening in the area.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Fernhill Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.

We asked Cath what one of her favourite things about Fernhill is so far, and she said…

How welcoming the people in Fernhill are, any time I have spoken to someone from the community they have been very positive about our presence and our approach within the community.

You can learn a little bit more about Cath here

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details: Cath McNally
cath@corra.scot
07715679593
Fernhill Community Centre
12 Auchenlarie Road
Rutherglen, G73 4EQ

@CathCorra

Buckhaven, Fife

A bit about Buckhaven…

Buckhaven was once a thriving weaving village and fishing port, and in 1831 it had the second largest fishing fleet in Scotland. Fishing declined during the 19th century, but in the 1860s Buckhaven developed more into a mining town. It later became a Fife coast holiday resort and recreation area for locals.

One fun fact people might not know about Buckhaven is that Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservative Party is a former pupil of the high school here.

What’s been happening?

Louisa has been working alongside and in partnership with local people in Buckhaven since July 2017, meeting people by walking about and chatting to groups and individuals as well as going to community events and groups to see what is going on in the community. Louisa works to identify the strengths, talents and skills within the local community. The Getting Alongside Communities programme helps facilitate and enable capacity building within the community; widening community participation; seeking out voices that are seldom heard; and ultimately resulting in locally-led actions being taken.

Since 2017, the Community Council has been reinstated and has been staging events such as a Bonfire fireworks event and a Christmas event. These developments, as well as the new Bakery project, have contributed to increased energy and enthusiasm from the community in Buckhaven. This has resulted in over 1600 completed ballot papers being returned for the recent PB process led by the local organisation CLIMB, which shows that local people feel able to engage in local decisions about where funding is needed. Other activities also happening in Buckhaven are; the Community Café, Bield Social group, Beehive Pottery, Arts, Knitting and crochet, Musical bands, Gala Group, and the Cycle club.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Buckhaven Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.

We asked Louisa what one of her favourite things about Buckhaven is so far, and she said…

The friendly people and all the fantastic community led environmental projects.

You can find out a bit more about Louisa here

Louisa Cocris Buckhaven Place Based Working

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details: Louisa Cocris
louisa@corra.scot
07860 855022
Burgh Chambers, 1 College Street
Buckhaven, Leven
KY8 1AB, Fife

Carbrain, North Lanarkshire

A bit about Carbrain…

Carbrain is a neighbourhood in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire in Scotland. Cumbernauld is one of Scotland’s best-known New Towns and was created in the 1950s as a population overspill for Glasgow. Construction of Cumbernauld began in 1963 with most areas of Carbrain being considered as highly desirable and were inhabited by the early 1970s. Cumbernauld’s town centre was regenerated in the 1990s and includes what is now accepted as Britain’s first shopping centre and the world’s first multi-level covered town centre. This has since been expanded with the addition of the Antonine Shopping Centre, providing a large variety of shops. Access to the town centre from Carbrain is via footpaths and underpasses as it was designed around pedestrians and as such has paths intertwining amongst its many streets. Practically, this makes it possible to get from one part of Carbrain to another using only footpaths so that pedestrians never have to walk alongside or cross a busy road.

What’s been happening?

We have been in Carbrain since September 2018 and have been busy listening and getting to know the community first and foremost as well as networking with partners and service providers in the local area.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Carbrain Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together

We asked Shazia what one of her favourite things about Carbrain is so far, and she said…

I have met people in Carbrain who are passionate about making a positive difference in their local community and have so many good ideas going forward. I am excited about working them and connecting with others more widely to help them change these great ideas into actions.

You can find out a bit more about Shazia here

Annual Update 2018

Shazia-Riaz

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details: Shazia Riaz
shazia@corra.scot
07597 660 295

Castlehill, Dumbarton

A little bit about Castlehill…

Castlehill, the Western part of the town of Dumbarton, is the former site of a castle built several hundred years ago. It is also the area where a monument to Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham once stood. The area now consists mainly of residential housing which was built for population over-spill from the Glasgow.

Traditionally people in the area have worked in a range of industries such as shipbuilding, whiskey and at the nearby naval base. Many traditional employers have left, and residents now often commute further afield to work.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Castlehill since early November 2016, getting to know the community informally, meeting local partners and service providers, and understanding the community better through desk-based research. Our biggest piece of work so far has been with Dalreoch Primary School on a range of projects focusing on the local area. There is also a Castlehill Timeline where you can learn more about what’s been going on.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Castlehill Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.

A little bit about Janice: 

You can learn a little bit more about Janice here.

Janice O'Connor

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
Janice O’Connor
Email: janice@corra.scot
Phone number: 07809216568
Address:
Unit 1 Leven valley
Castlehill
Dumbarton
G82 5BN

@castlehill19

Cumnock, East Ayrshire

A little bit about Cumnock…

People have settled in and around these parts of Ayrshire for over 5,000 years. Cumnock first became a Burgh in 1509, establishing the town’s right to weekly markets and Fair Days. Although Cumnock was initially a market town, it also became well known for its mining heritage, and for being the home to James Keir Hardie, who was instrumental in the making of the Labour Party. The area is well known for mining, but other industries such as pottery, manufacturing, snuff boxes, transport & haulage and weaving have all played a part in Cumnock’s history.

One fun fact you may not know is that Cumnock has produced a few well known footballers. These include Aberdeen star Archie Glen, Scottish Internationalist Eric Caldow, football manager George Burley and George’s nephew, Celtic star Craig Burley.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Cumnock since June 2015. Since we started working in the area lots has been happening. There has been a high level of community engagement; several community litter picks organised by local people; the launch of Cumnock’s Community Action Plan, the creation of a SCIO dedicated to Cumnock Action Plan and much more

How can you get involved?

Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together. You could also check out the Cumnock Action Plan website, and speak to the group behind so much of the activity.

Gordon McLean PIP

Get in touch: Gordon McLean
Email: gordon@corra.scot

@Cumnock_plan
cumnockactionplan

Dunterlie, East Renfrewshire

A little bit about Dunterlie…

Dunterlie is part of Barrhead, an area which has been inhabited for many hundreds of years. The area has changed over the years- in the 18thCentury it was known for its weaving, but with the industrial revolution the area became host to many industries such as metal-working, engineering and laundering. The area of Dunterlie is a recent community, with much of the housing having been built in the 20th Century.

Something you might not know

Inside Dunterlie Resource Centre there is a wall full of postcards which the people of Dunterlie have sent or brought back from their travels far and wide.  Many have messages on them, over the years people have shared stories, a wee snapshot of their holiday. Blackpool is definitely a favourite!

What’s been happening?

We started working in Dunterlie in early May 2017. A lot of our work has been getting to know the community through desk-based research, and most importantly, meeting local people and groups. So far we have been supporting different activities in the area depending on what people are interested in.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Dunterlie Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.

We asked Laura what one of her favourite things about Dunterlie is so far, and she said…

The people of Dunterlie have been so welcoming, there are lots of people who are passionate about their community in a variety of different ways. I have met people who are willing and able to share their experience and widen their networks to make things happen, I am excited about connecting with more members of the community over the coming weeks and months and turning some amazing ideas in to action!

You can learn a little bit more about Laura here.

Laura Mathieson

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
Email: Laura@corra.scot
Phone number: 07867 500751
Address: Dunterlie Resource Centre
38 Stewart Street
Dunterlie, Barrhead
G78 1AL

Langlees, Falkirk

A little bit about Langlees…

Langlees was built to accommodate workers in the growing iron and steel industry in the 18th and 19th Centuries, underpinned by the Carron Iron Company. The company was famous for its cannons, used throughout the British Empire. Heavy industry has gradually left the area in the last fifty years, but for many decades Carron Iron Company were the biggest employer and the biggest landowner in the area.

The 2014 community profile stated that the area was ‘inundated with community groups’ showing its rich history of community activity has continued despite the many changes in the area in recent decades.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Langlees since the beginning of June 2017, getting to know the community informally, meeting local partners and service providers, and understanding the community better through desk-based research.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Langlees Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together.

A little bit about Angela: 

You can learn a bit about Angela, the community co-ordinator, here.

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
Angela Smith
Email: angela@corra.scot
Phone number: 07860 800 828
Address:
Dawson Centre
David’s loan
FK2 7RG
Bainsford

Methil, Fife

A bit about Methil..

We know from artefacts and carvings that prehistoric people have lived in Methil for 4000 years. Early people were attracted by good farmlands and rivers. By the 13th century a church had been established at Methil that became a focal point for a settlement to grow.

For centuries, the people who lived here relied on farming and fishing for a living. The towns along the coast became centres for national and international trade with flax and timber imported and coal, salt and linen exported. From the 17th century, coal mining became the principle industry as demand for good quality coal grew. A new harbour was built to cope with demand, and at its peak 3 million tons of coal were shipped through Methil docks. A growing transport infrastructure allowed other industries to flourish such as steelmaking, engineering, whisky distilling, textile manufacture, papermaking and timber preparation. Methil’s population boomed and High Street shops bustled until late at night. The community thrived with churches, dance halls and the Miners’ Institute.

Many people don’t know, but the first captain of the Cutty Sark, Captain George Moodie, retired to Methil and was the first president of Methil Bowling Club in 1900.
Thanks to Methil Heritage Centre for local history resources.

What’s been happening?

We’ve been in Methil since July 2017, we’ve been finding out about Methil, its history and people. Meeting and building relationships with community members, other partners in Community Learning and Development, Foodbank, Gingerbread, and others. Learning from other Community Coordinators across the central belt of Scotland.

How can you get involved?

You can find contact details for the Methil Community Co-ordinator on this page. Please get in touch, as we’re keen to get to know the wider community. You might like to tell us about changes you’d like to bring about, or if you represent a group or organisation, how we could work together

We asked Iyaah what one of her favourite things about Methil is so far, and she said…

Enthusiastic partners who are very dedicated to their mission.

You can find out a bit more about Iyaah here

Iyaah_Corra Methill

Community Co-ordinator Contact Details:
Iyaah@corra.scot
07860 855 023
c/o Methil Community Centre
Bowling Green Street
Methil KY8 3DH

How do we work alongside communities?

The community is at the heart of everything we do. Each community we work with has a dedicated Community Co-ordinator, who will get alongside the community by listening, bringing people together for conversations, and to identify shared priorities. We focus on inclusive engagement.  We help facilitate and enable capacity building within the community; widening community participation, seeking out voices that are seldom heard; and ultimately resulting in locally-led actions being taken.

How did we identify these communities?

We used data, desk-based research, and conversations with a range of people to identify communities to work with. You can learn more about this process by downloading Journey of Finding a Community”.

 

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