Ayrshire & Arran Learning Site
· NHS, Local Authority and third sector partnership
· May 2014 – Recruited 5 community builders working alongside 5 Neighbourhoods across North and South Ayrshire.
· The team have been conducting learning conversation, identifying connectors and supporting citizen-led activity at street level
· Community builders receive monthly mentoring
What Community Builders in South Ayrshire say:
“When people are enabled and come together to build community, they build what they want to see, nothing can restrict this”
“When residents get together to do what they want to do – they run with it”
· The ABCD project (funded by the NHS Endowment Fund) commenced in May 2014 in the three Councils areas in Ayrshire and Arran. In North and South Ayrshire 5 CBs were appointed; they focused on the communities of Fullarton and Harbourside in North Ayrshire and on Lochside, Wallacetown and Braehead in South Ayrshire.
· In August 2015 a report was assembled drawing on a range of information collected by The Social Marketing Gateway with regular contact with Community Builders (CBs) and other stakeholders, including members of the local communities.
· The ‘Learning from the AHEAD Project in Ayrshire’ report covers the first year of learning in the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) project being implemented in Ayrshire, Scotland.
· This report has specific input from the CBs, key partners, and it has also benefited from the proceedings of a recent ‘Learning Session’ in May 2015, facilitated by Cormac Russell.
Some examples of community action in Ayrshire & Arran
This poster was created by a amateur cartoonist Shaun Burnett (CB in Ayrshire) met through random acquaintance at a local festival.
The poster no only represents his talent but supports the work of another local parent offering pop-up rugby sessions on a small patch of ground central to the community.
Everyone has something to contribute. Early on in the project Stephen McGinty (a Community Builder at the time) and Shaun Burnett hosted an ABCD workshop in Fullarton, Irvine.
A young man sat quietly alongside his mum throughout the afternoon and at the end, he came up to them and presented his art work.
Local dad made these in his back garden; one set for the local community centre and one set for the local primary school.
He combined his passion for supporting young people and his carpentry skills.
This idea came up at an informal chat between Shaun and a local resident in the community centre. Shaun and others supported this neighbour with a small sparks grant to buy the wood.
Read the full story here.
Chris Shaw says: “I would rank my visit to East Ayrshire amongst the very best working visits I have ever done! I was incredibly inspired by seeing and hearing first hand the impact of social and economic history, along with the pride of place almost being lost and now being energetically regained.
I learnt about tales of former and present lace knitting; madras weaving in Newmilns and much more. This experience was as fabulous as the enterprising ambitions of and love of home soil, family roots and local tradition, in every village and town I visited with Suzanne Brodie and her super-charged energy for community.“
Meeting with ABCD Community Builders in Cumnock and in Dalmellington. They have a deep understanding that enterprise and economic re-development of features such as tourism could start to replace some of the losses caused by industrial decline and its impact upon the social and economic aspects of community.