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November 2012 Vacancies

BEARDMORE TRUST 2012

The Beardmore Trust, a charitable Community Development Trust, was established in 2011 as a community body with a variety of local representatives acting as Trustees to contribute to the regeneration of Dalmuir. With the objective of enhancing the environment, the social fabric, the economy and the overall health of the area, the project was initiated by Dalmuir Park Housing Association but has wider scope, with membership open to all residents, groups and businesses in Dalmuir.

The aim of the Trust is not to work in isolation but alongside DPHA, other local housing associations, West Dunbartonshire Council, existing local groups, the community and voluntary sector, businesses and individuals to maximise the impact of community- based regeneration and encourage as much involvement, awareness, equality, diversity and control as possible. We want to merge our experience and expertise with that of other groups and interests in the community to improve the quality of life in Dalmuir. This will benefit all residents of Dalmuir, the local voluntary and business sectors and in particular the most marginalised and isolated in the community and those affected by gaps in services and opportunities.

Community Consultation

Our immediate community encompasses the tenants and residents of the Association, but we also consult and work with Dalmuir's wider community (a population of approx. 5,000) to establish what the whole community wants and needs to regenerate, thrive, improve and to sustain a good quality of life.

As a starting point for this regeneration and to ensure a shared common vision for Dalmuir is achieved, the Beardmore Trust is preparing a Dalmuir Community Plan. This will be based on consultation with all householders, voluntary groups, service providers and businesses in Dalmuir, and you will hopefully by now have already received a survey form and returned it completed. This will identify local priorities and the intention thereafter is to work with the community and stakeholders through workshops and open days to consider various options and develop specific detailed projects to address these needs. The Community Plan will not only be reflective of the views of residents, it will also provide tangible opportunities for individuals and groups to take their own priorities forward under a community plan umbrella.

Day to Day Management

The Trust now requires the appointment of a suitably qualified and experienced Manager to ensure core project funding, detailed community consultation, open days, community planning workshops, options appraisals and site specific regeneration plans, and to deal with all age groups, local residents and the business community as well as local service providers and community groups. Funding of almost £20,000 has been received from the Souter Foundation, the Cruden Foundation, the WM Mann Foundation, Curry and Co., Mitchell Robertson, and a personal donation from a DPHA consultant. The largest donation from the Soutar Foundation allows for the recruitment of a part-time Beardmore Trust Manager and we hope to report on recruitment leading to selection in time for the next news magazine

Trust Logo Design

The Association decided in 2011 to set up a trust that will represent the Dalmuir community. The Trust, set up as a charity, will endeavour to attract substantial funding which will then be injected into the area and the local community.

Pupils from St Stephen’s Primary school were asked to assist with designing a logo for the Trust with a theme of linking Dalmuir present to Dalmuir past. From all the entries four winners were selected and certain aspects of these designs were pulled together to come up with the official logo.

The logo refers to the huge shipyard of William Beardmore which was located on the River Clyde at Dalmuir over 100 years ago.

Pat Gilbride DPHA director, Georgette Murray Head Teacher St Stephen’s Primary and John Gilleece DPHA Chair are pictured with the pupil prize winners

Here are the winning entries where aspects from each created the new logo: