We have a long history of successfully delivering projects which go beyond providing accommodation.
Community investment refers to the range of resources we provide to work with and support communities to address community identified needs and issues.
These resources include money, skills and staff expertise which, combined with our role of acting as a catalyst to form partnerships, brings additional resources to the process of tackling inequality.
We work with communities on a broad range of projects under social, economic technological and environmental themes. These can be small localised issues such as looking for support for a junior football team, or larger community driven projects such as acquiring a local building for community use and ownership.
We respond to needs and issues identified through customer consultation, service evaluation and neighbourhood profiling by developing and supporting a range of services and initiatives across the Link group of companies.
The priorities that we set out below provide an indication of the breadth and depth of what we do, who we support and the impact we aim to make;
- Theme 1: Employability and workplace skills development
- Theme 2: Digital participation
- Theme 3: Maximising investment
- Theme 4: Social enterprise support and development
- Theme 5: Capacity building and increasing social capital
Community Investment Statement
Our Community Investment Statement provides context for our community investment decisions and activities and explains how we add value to the regeneration process by supporting communities to deliver the changes they want to see.
- Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre
Located in South Coatbridge, the Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre (KNC) is a well-established, community-run facility, and a very good example of a community anchor organisation.
Link has been a long time supporter of the KNC and the work it does. It is essentially a local 'hub' that organises events and activities based on local needs whilst also offering space smaller local community groups.
More recently, the management committee of the KNC determined that it wanted to acquire the building it has been renting from North Lanarkshire Council for the last 18 years. Using Community Benefit measures that we uses in our procurement, KNC was provided with pro-bono legal services to successfully change its legal status to that of a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
We further introduced KNC to Community Ownership Options Scotland and a Stage 1 application was successfully submitted to the Scottish Land Fund.
We continue to work with the management committee of KNC alongside consultants funded by Big Lottery Scotland. The outcome of this process will see KNC appoint its own Design Team to oversee and manage the refurbishment and transformation of the Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre.
- Dunbeg Development Group
Dunbeg Phase 3 (due to go on site mid-2018) will result in the provision of 300 new homes for social rent in the Oban area.
Our Community Investment team has been working with the community-led Dunbeg Development Group (DDG) since mid-2017.
Link and the community share the vision of Dunbeg being a great place to live and with community facilities designed to meet local needs. The Community Investment team is supporting the DDG to re-examine its legal status and bring forward priority proposals identified in an earlier, extensive consultation exercise.
Plans are developing for a new community facility with associated sports pitch and a community woodland to further enhance the natural environment that Dunbeg offers.