Investing in communities
We have a long history of successfully delivering projects which go beyond simply providing accommodation.
Community investment refers to the range of resources that 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.
Community Investment - our priorities
Link works 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 the context for community investment decisions and activities across Link and explains how we add value to the regeneration process by supporting communities to deliver the changes that they want to see.
Kirkshaws and the Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre (South Coatbridge).
The Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre (KNC) is a well established, community run - community facility and probably one of the best examples of a community anchor organisation that Scotland has. Link has been a long time supporter of the KNC and the work that it does. It is essentially a local 'hub' that organises events and activities based on local needs whilst also offering space for a multitude of other smaller local community groups.More recently, the management committee of the KNC determined that it wanted to acquire the building that it has been renting from North Lanarkshire Council for the last 17 years. Using Community Benefit measures that Link uses in its procurement, KNC was provided with pro-bono legal services to change its legal status to that of a SCIO. Link further introduced KNC to Community Ownership Options Scotland and a Stage 1 application was successfully submitted to the Scottish Land Fund.Utilising its Scottish Land Fund grant, KNC is now working with technical and business consultants to develop its case for acquiring and 'making fit for purpose' its building at Haddington Way, South Coatbridge. The KNC will be in a position to submit a further and more substantive grant application in the autumn of 2017.
Our Place Shortlees and the (emerging) Shortlees Development Trust (Kilmarnock).
The Shortlees area was designated as an "Our Place" area by Big Lottery Scotland over two years ago. The Our Place designation is mainly awarded to those areas across Scotland that have not noticeably benefited from Big Lottery Scotland grant. Support provided to the local community has resulted in a considerable number of small grants being awarded and a local Community Action Plan being developed. Link is a landlord in the Shortlees area and an institutional partner in the Shortlees Our Place process.Despite considerable progress having been made, the community is not quite ready to develop a local community umbrella organisation to oversee and deliver actions within the Community Action Plan and apply for further substantial grants.Shortly therefore, and as an interim measure, Link along with Atrium Homes (a locally based housing association) and others will form the Shortlees Development Trust. The purpose of this trust will be to ensure that the currently available commitment of grant for the area is successfully applied for and used and, the development of local capacity and confidence continues to grow. It is anticipated that the Shortlees Development Trust will be registered as a SCIO by the summer of 2017.