GLENKENS & DISTRICT
COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN
The Glenkens & District Trust sponsored the creation of a Glenkens and District Community Action Plan, published in 2020 (see below for links). This action plan covers the Balmaghie, New Galloway & Kells, Dalry, Balmaclellan, Corsock & KPD, Parton and Crossmichael Community Council areas.
It sets out an overall goal that the Glenkens will be a connected, resilient and carbon neutral place, where people will want to live, work and visit, to bring up their families, and to grow old.
GDT saw commissioning a Community Action Plan for the Glenkens and district area as a vital step to ensuring that local funds are distributed wisely and strategically. Although wind farm fund distribution was a key driver to initiating the plan, the reach of the Community Action Plan goes beyond projects funded through that source and aspires to be a road map for the whole community over the next 5 years and beyond.
GDT is determined that the Community Action Plan doesn't end up sitting on a shelf getting dusty, but remains a living document, owned and delivered by the community. With this in mind, GDT has spent time in late 2020 - 2021 working with Community Enterprise (which supported the development of the original Plan) to do three key things:
Create some momentum through the delivery of some short term priorities identified in the Plan
Ensure that the impact on our communities from the Covid-19 pandemic is reflected in the CAP
Transition the management and oversight of the CAP away from GDT to a community-owned arrangement.
As a fund distribution body resourcing and enabling community development in its area of operation, GDT is very clear its role is not to deliver services and activities on the ground in the community. There are many local organisations who already have this expertise built over many years of experience. GDT also recognises that it is not always straightforward to be both the body giving out money and the one delivering the activity which has been funded.
After consultation with local community anchor organisations (who do the grassroots work of local community development) and discussion at the CAP Steering Group, GDT is pleased that future leadership of the CAP will sit with the Glenkens Community & Arts Trust, with oversight from a strengthened CAP Steering Group. GCAT was identified as being a key local community development organisation that has the right expertise, an appropriate area of operation and the capacity to deliver on the ambitions and priorities set out in the CAP.
In support of this, and along with the South of Scotland Enterprise Agency, the Blackcraig Wind Farm Community Fund has supported the creation of the post of Executive Manager at GCAT, whose responsibilities will include leading the CAP process going forward. More information on GCAT can be found here.
The next step in this transition was the strengthening of the CAP Steering Group so that it has the mandate to be the custodian of the Action Plan. You can read more about this group here.
GLENKENS & DISTRICT: LOCAL COVID LEARNING
Covid Learning Report
CAP THEME 1:
A CONNECTED COMMUNITY
Glenkens Gazette Communications Report
CAP THEME 2:
AN ASSET RICH COMMUNITY
Glenkens Asset Report
This report mapping assets in the Glenkens was led by Corsock Village Hall and supported by a grant from the Blackcraig fund, as part of the CAP set up phase co-ordinated by Community Enterprise, which supported selected projects under the short term priorities heading in the CAP.
CAP THEME 3:
AN ECONOMICALLY FLOURISHING COMMUNITY
Glenkens Food Report