Getting Alongside Communities – Cumnock, East Ayrshire

A 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.

Map Cumnock

What’s been happening?

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

Hear from a local volunteer

Fraser spoke with Natalie Carmichael, a local volunteer champion, about the vital work she delivers locally. Listen here: (a transcript of this interview can be accessed here)

You can read more about this and find out more about what’s been going on in Cumnock latest Update below.

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.

Get in touch:
Fraser Stone


Every year an annual update from each community is produced, sharing learning, activities and plans for the future.










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