West Dunbartonshire Council - Your Community

Success Stories

Read about the difference that Community Budgeting funding has made to communities across West Dunbartonshire below.

Mens Shed

Men's Shed Clydebank recieved funding totalling £7020 in Phases 1 & 2. The Men's Shed project aims to tackle social exclusion and loneliness by bringing men together in a place where they can work on projects, share skills, learn and meet new people. Men's Shed Clydebank spent their Community Budgeting funding on completely renovating their shed. This included replacing the internal ceiling in the workshop, creating storage space for tools, renovating the whole back and sides of the exterior, partly insulating the loft, fixing the electrics in the workshop and they have future plans to renovate the activity room. All of this work was undertaken by the skilled members of the group. When asked how the funding benefited the group, members spoke of having a sense of purpose and achievement. It also gave members the opportunity to learn new skills. The money that was spent on renovating the workshop gave all members a better environment to work on projects and the organisation has since increased its membership.

Members of Clydebank Group Men's Shed outside their refurbished shed.

Haldane Youth Services

Haldane Youth Services was awarded £3963 in Phase 4 of Community Budgeting to work in partnership with the Leamy Foundation to convert an area that had become abandoned into a garden area that would host a sensory area, a memorial area and an allotment where food could be grown for our cooking funshops. The groups 'Eco Warriors' created a Fairy Trail, planted herbs such as Mint, Rosemary and Lavender in a sensory garden based on smell and touch and also planted fruit trees in memory of friends of the project who have sadly passed away.

When asked how people had benefitted, the group said;

"Those involved in this project gained a better insight into landscaping and how to plan and maximise the use of space of available. The group took a derelict area and converted it into an area that can be enjoyed by many. This taught those involved the skills of teamwork and co-operation. Members within this project learned about how to create idela conditions for growing seeds to sustaining plants and creating a natural habitat for wildlife. These are transferable skills that could be replicated or shared with extended family or peers. The project encouraged young people to become more inspired and to create garden areas at home. 

12 of our young people and 3 adult volunteers completed their John Muir Award during this project which broadens horizons for the future. Overall, 132 children (0-11yrs), 3 young people (12-17yrs) and 11 adults (18-64yrs) benefitted from this project."

Haldane Youth Service finished project