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The Recycle Room - £5000

2021-02-22  •  admin  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): The Recycle Room is a registered charity based within The Hub Community Centre. We are a one of a kind project which is completely volunteer run, we are open to help the whole community no matter of circumstance. We provide clothing, footwear, homewares, baby items and also run a Christmas pre-loved toy bank and a Pre-loved School Uniform bank every year. Everything we provide to the public is free of charge.

What will you use the money for?: The money we have applied for will cover our rent and insurance costs which we incur while we rent our space within The Hub. Yearly rent £4800 and Insurance costs £200.

Who will benefit from this money?: Our whole project will benefit from this money, the money will be used to keep our doors open. Keeping our doors open means we can continue to help the local community not only through saving money but also reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.  

£5,000

Centre81 Steering Group - £5000

2021-02-23  •  admin  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Centre81 Steering Group is a community based organisation based in Whitecrook Group members: 200+ Weekly activities: 4+ Tue, Wed & Thur and outreach 

What will you use the money for?: Planning on running homework club - that will focus on giving space, equipment and support for homework. This will benefit community in an area hit hard by COVID, and likely to impact further. With this money we want to also offer a summer family excursion to heads of Ayr farm park and a winter excursion to the panto.

Who will benefit from this money?: Young people and families of east Clydebank.   

£5,000

Action Old Kilpatrick - £1045

2021-03-08  •  megyntyrell  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Action Old Kilpatrick aims to enhance the environment and celebrate the heritage of Old Kilpatrick. We have a regularly active group of 25 to 30 people with many other community members contributing on an ad hoc basis. The committee has 10 members and normally meets once a month. We have a website, newsletter and Facebook page which enable us to let the community know what we are doing and to get involved. Our 3 main activities are: 1) Environmental . We organise (in normal times) 2 litter picks per month, in Lusset Glen and the Saltings. Both picks are well attended, usually around 8 people per session, and have been running now for 6 years without a break until Covid when we were advised to discontinue group picks. 2) Horticulture We have established 7 flower beds in the village which are maintained through monthly sessions from April to October. We have also installed 4 planters at Kilpatrick Station. 3) Local history. We conducted an oral history project on the village which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and resulted in a book and the creation of 2 audio walks around the village. These activities have increased skills within our community and improved well being.

What will you use the money for?: During Covid we have been unable to do our organised litter picks but have made our litter picking equipment available to people who want to do "5 minute picks" when they have been out for exercise. We would like to extend this by offering small biodegradable bags that people can use when they are out for a walk, to either take home and put in their own bins or put in public bins. We would also like to make available some long handled picks for hard to reach litter. Once restrictions allow, we will be organising large village clean ups and at this point we want to separate the litter in to landfill and recyclable, something we haven't done much of before, and it would be useful to have 2 trolleys designed for this purpose. In relation to horticulture, we normally bring on our own bedding plants in our greenhouse at Old Dalnottar Cemetery, but this has not been possible this year due to Covid restrictions. We therefore need to buy in plants for this year's display, to be planted out by individual members who have responsibility for each of our sites. We also require some peat free compost to replenish the beds.

  Who will benefit from this money?: Having done both the litter picks and village gardening for several years now we know how much the community appreciate our work and how much they feel the look of the place has been enhanced by what we do. (Feedback: "You have transformed the village.") Given the significant increase in visitors to Old Kilpatrick during the pandemic, it is likely that many people, having discovered the village for perhaps the first time, will keep returning in future. This would benefit our local shops and pubs through potential increased spend. In general terms we want to continue to have a nice environment for everyone, residents and visitors, to enjoy. It is also important that we continue to offer opportunities for local people of all ages and abilities to get involved in volunteering. In normal times, we wear hi vis jackets with our name/ logo on when litter picking or gardening and this visibility has allowed people to approach us and ask how they can help. We are confident that we are well known in the village and that people know our activities are open to all. We hope and believe that we can be a means of creating an enhanced sense of belonging and pride in Old Kilpatrick.  

£1,045

Our Holy Redeemer's Primary School Parent Council - £1196.68

2021-03-19  •  megyntyrell  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…) :We are a local based primary school based in clydebank area. There is approx. 240 children attending the school in a daily basis. We have a working PTA group within the school and hold monthly meetings to see what we can do to help with the smooth running of the school and also try to help raise funds for the childrens activities and any outings that they may have within the year,The children have a active forrest school and also a poly tunnel that the children can grow fruits flowers and vegetables within the school, We work closely with centre 81 and members from that group come down to the school grounds and help create activity with the children and their familes also taken part in this so will give enjoyment learning at the same time. 

What will you use the money for?: If we were able to secure funding we would like to buy outdoor clothes and footwear also waterproofs for the children to take part in our local forest school learning activities. Having these resources would increase the time and frequency the children would be able to spend outdoors particularly in the wet and colder weather. This would also give the children a bit of increased independence and responsibility to be looking after equipment. 

Who will benefit from this money?: The children and the school will benefit from having this equipment. Also some childrens parents might not have any spare money that might be needed to buy equipment and this would cause less stress for famlies trying to find other money and meaning families that are struggling would not miss out and everyone can take part as a group learning together and playing together.   

£1,197

Age Concern Vale of Leven - £1350

2021-02-22  •  admin  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): We are based in Alexandria and have approx 80 members. Age Concern Vale of Leven usually meets once a month which helps reduce social isolation and promotes mental health and wellbeing. Our group takes part in social activites and also organises trips and outings to address these issues. We have a caravan at Seton Sands that members, their families and their carers can access offering respite and much needed family time.

What will you use the money for?: As the group have not been able to meet since March 2020 due to Covid our project is:-

Visualising an Afternoon Tea Party -

Working in partnership with the local Phoenix Community Cafe and their volunteers we will provide hampers with contents for an Afternoon Tea and also a Healthy Meal for each member. This will be delivered to their door with a date and time to have their Afternoon Tea. They will be encouraged to envisage attending the Royal George Hotel as we usually would and this will help them feel part of the group again and help stop them from feeling isolated. A healthy meal will be of benefit to all members too. Just to know they are not forgotten and we are all thinking of each other will have an immencely positive effect on members.

Who will benefit from this money?: Visualising an Afternoon Tea will be provided in partnership with Phoenix Community Cafe, Phoenix Management Staff and their volunteers. There are 80 members of Age Concern Vale of Leven and a number of volunteers from Pheonix Community Cafe who will benefit from this project. We will reduce the feelling of social isolation and promote health and wellbeing of our 80 members and this will also have a positive affect on their family members and carers. This project will encourage partnership working, intergenerational activities and will promote geographical communities to come together. 

We foresee this project being beneficial to the community in Dumbarton West as they will see the great partnership approach in local papers. Phoenix Management Staff and Volunteers will then hold Tea Dances in their local Centre and will invite our members along promoting a parntership approach within different geographical communities and communities of interest.  

£1,350

Clydebank Men's Shed - £5000

2021-03-01  •  admin  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): We are based in the grounds of the Dalmuir CE Centre in Duntocher Road, near Dalmuir railway station. Our group has a membership roster of 120, with around 20 attending any our four, weekly, half-day sessions. We have a social room, with darts, pool, and Internet access and a well workshop with facilities for repair and restoration of wooden and metal items. Our garden area is under construction, and will be a pleasant place to enjoy the outdoors and indulge your green fingers.

What will you use the money for?: The money is to upgrade: The kitchen area, which is, at present, very basic. The present equipment was already old when originally fitted! The garden areas, with the provision of a potting shed and plantings. Access to the loft storage, so less regularly used equipment and supplies can be removed from the workshop thereby improving the health and safety of workshop users

Who will benefit from this money?: Our shed helps our members with their mental health and well being. This means that our members partners, and families all benefit from every penny invested in Clydebank Men's Shed. We also help the community! We help, wherever possible, with builds and repairs - from benches and fences to chairs and sheds.   

£5,000

Haldane Youth Services - £5000

2021-03-05  •  megyntyrell  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): surrounding areas of West Dunbartonshire delivering 4 community projects.Mini Hoppers targets children from P1 - P3, Hop, Skip & Jump targets children in P4 - P7 , Project 7 is our P7 group and Ur-Turn works with S1 -S6 pupils. We operate in one of the most disadvantaged areas in Scotland within many recognised areas of multiple-deprivation in our locality featuring in the top 5-10%. We engage with children and families who are experiencing difficulties in their lives due to unemployment, poverty, and other social issues. We work with various partners to deliver a comprehensive programme of activities to aid children's and young people's holistic development and learning. We achieve this by delivering dance, art, sport, music, weekly youth club, outdoor pursuits and residential trips for our young people to enable them to reach their full potential.

What will you use the money for?: We have plans to begin a Youth Café which will hopefully capture young people within the local area that have yet to access our service. In the hope to reduce anti-social behaviour within the area. We have recently installed a kitchen area for our young people allowing them access to a proper cooking environment. We would like to use the funds to purchase equipment for each station within the kitchen such as induction pots and pans, scales, bowls etc. As well as 2 foldable/movable tables which will sit 16 per table. These tables will not only allow young people to sit and eat together or invite family to our service to cook for but as they can move, they will be multi functionable within our service. This funding would allow us to continue teaching young people life skills and increase their confidence.

Who will benefit from this money?: Our new kitchen will enable all of our service users a safe and welcoming space to increase access to healthy meals, develop life skills such as growing of fresh food, budgeting, meal planning, cooking and social skills. The kitchen will also support members of the community and user groups who wish to use the space to connect and build on their own skills.  

Our organisations main aims are to; o Boost young people's confidence and self-esteem through fun learning activities. o Encourage greater social inclusion through our programmes. o Provide opportunities to "try new things". o Address young people's health and well-being by encouraging participation in healthy and outdoor activities.  

£5,000

St Joseph's Parent Council - £4940

2021-03-17  •  megyntyrell  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): We are a group of parents who support and promote the aims of St Joseph's primary school. We hold regular events that benefit the young people in our School. 

We try to bring benefits to all members of our school community and reach out to the wider community. In the past this has included allowing community access to the resources purchased by the parent council. 

What will you use the money for?: The money will be used to improve the resources for our rainbow base. This base supports children that have an additional support need. The money will develop the outdoor area that the young people access. 

It will include physical education resources, ICT resources and bicycles to promote healthy living. 

Who will benefit from this money?: The main benefactors of this will be the young people who access the rainbow base on a daily basis. 

The resources can be accessed by groups out with the base following the normal council procedures.   

£4,940

Clydebank Community Sport Hub - £5000

2021-02-22  •  admin  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Clydebank community sport hub was formed in 2012 when 4 local sports clubs came together with the vision of creating a hub facility that would not only provide a home for the clubs and organisations involved but also deliver a wide variety of outcomes to benefit local residents and make a significant and positive impact on the lives of the people of Whitecrook and Clydebank.  The facility opened in late October 2018 and CCSH are now focused on delivering their vision and mission:

Vision: enhance the lives and wellbeing of all in our community

Mission: through the provision of world-class facilities, the hub aims to strengthen community and individual participation in sport and healthy activity. We aim to provide inclusive opportunities in sport, volunteering and recreational pursuits. 

The hub support over 1000 users a week and provide excellent opportunities for people of all ages. Activities include Sport, Fitness, Summer Activity Camps, Digital Skills, Senior Social Activity, Allotments and much more.

What will you use the money for?: If successful, all of the activity will happen at our centre based in Whitecrook, Clydebank. Our project is based on our vision and mission, which is to provide sporting and wellbeing opportunities to support our community having dealt with such difficult restraints during the past year. The activities will be provided as and when it is safe and within the guidelines to do so. The activities were carefully chosen via our community consultation early this year. At this point, we would envisage most of the activity to commence late spring/early summer onward. The funding will be for staff costs, promotional material and activity equipment to facilitate the following activities:

- Youth Club & Family Sport Activities - Digital Drop In & Job Club - Senior Social Activity - Community Sport & Fitness Festival - Weekly Drop In Sports Activity for Adults

Who will benefit from this money?: Through this project, CCSH will work with a wide range of people of all ages from Whitecrook and the surrounding areas.

Our aim is to provide our community with positive opportunities when able to come out of lockdown measures, which in turn will provide positive mental health and wellbeing. The key groups include:

- Senior Citizens - Youth  - Families  

£5,000

Ben View Centre - £4650

2021-03-08  •  megyntyrell  •  West Dunbartonshire

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): Ben View is a charitable organisation that delivers essential community care services to the residents of West Dunbartonshire. It has been in existence supporting community members since 1994.

We currently provide a lunch club to elderly clients, a befriending service, four youth clubs and a community bathing service. 

A vital lifeline to our project over the years has been Volunteer Team who underpin all of the above named projects. At present we have over 50 volunteers supporting our services. Our youth programme has gained strength year on year and it engages our young people in supporting local services and causes within the area and in the past we have supported, food banks, homeless initiatives, community garden project. Our members launched the first "Holiday Hunger" (Rise N Shine breakfast Club) which served over 500 breakfast / lunches to those in need during school holidays in its first summer with ongoing success.

What will you use the money for?: Our project will be a 90 minute weekly group class that will offer activities that will support the development of coping strategies for young peoples mental well being. The classes will be held in Ben View, sessions will be facilitated by identified trainers and the sessions supported by Ben View youth volunteers. The sessions will focus around:

- Talking / Communication - Breathing Techniques - Coping Strategies - Healthy Eating - Movement - Your environment - Relaxation - Journaling - Goal Setting

The fully qualified facilitators will be: yoga instructors, mindfulness instructors, NLP Sessions, art therapists, dance teachers. This will allow the young people to experience several different ways and help them find the best strategy for them. Our sessions can be adapted easily and facilitated through zoom if lock down restrictions continue long term.

Who will benefit from this money?: The project will work with young people aged from 9 to 16 in line with our youth programme age group. The sessions will be available to those outwith our own youth programme and it is our intention to work closely with local schools who may identify young people who would benefit from this. The aim of the project is to build self esteem and confidence of the young people, giving them access to various activities and techniques to build their coping strategies. The varied range on offer will allow the young people to experience a variety of ways that can support them and this could allow them to focus on one that they are most comfortable with all of the sessions will provide activities / skills that they will be able to use on their own out with our group sessions.  

£4,650