Inspirations: Lanark CDT

Lanark CDT
In the coming months, we’d like to showcase a variety of community projects and community organisations, to show just how much can be achieved when a community works together for the common good.

First up is Lanark Community Development Trust. Lanark’s a great example because, like Crieff, it’s a larger town (population ~8000 people).

Here’s how the Lanark CDT got going (via the DTA Scotland website):

How we started

There is no shortage of community groups in Lanark but, for a long time, there seemed to be a gap. Ideas for new events and opportunities for using vacant land or reusing buildings seemed to disappear before anyone took the initiative to turn them into reality. Many people competed to assign blame but some took a more constructive line, asking ‘Why don’t we do it?’

That thinking led to formation of the Steering Group in 2007. [The Lanark CDT website] summarises where we are now as a fully incorporated body with charitable status. The website describes what community development trusts are and shows what a trust could do in Lanark. There is a lot of work still to do but the emergence of Lanark Community Development Trust means that when opportunities or ideas appear, ‘We can do it’.

On their own very professional website, you can learn more about the Lanark Community Development Trust and discover why a Community Development Trust was the right body to meet their aims.

This article has 2 comments

  1. Jim Murdoch Reply

    Lanarktrust has a lovely looking site – slight problem in that the last update was on 12th Nov 2011 regarding upcoming AGM on 29th Nov -no minutes or anything else posted since then – not what I would consider professional. Doesn’t matter how good the site looks if it’s not getting updated properly.

  2. Andy Reply

    Thanks for posting a link to our trust website, much appreciated. Jim – thanks for the feedback. It is an on-going challenge to keep the site up-to-date. There is a lot of time and effort being committed to the various projects, but a lot of that isn’t making it’s way to the website. We are working on it though and hopefully, in the coming month, you’ll see more news.

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