Coalfields Community Challenge
Two local entrepreneurs have been awarded funds as finalists of The Coalfields Community Challenge. The Coalfields Community Challenge programme is a six months development programme aimed at new and emerging social enterprises creating employment in former coalmining communities, including areas in Stirling, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Fife. Entrepreneurs submit ideas to create jobs and boost communities, and in return those selected for the programme receive business development support, mentoring and training with an opportunity to win a financial award at the end of the programme.
Wendy Scott, of Friends of Plean Country Park in Stirling, was awarded £4,000 to benefit the voluntary charitable organisation, which aims to conserve, enhance and promote the park for the benefit of people and the natural environment. The group communicates with Stirling council to promote the views of those using the park, and volunteers their time to run projects in the park such as Health Walk days.
Angela Beardsley was awarded £9,000 for the Resonate Arts House in Alloa, and arts and education centre aiming to include everyone interested in the arts, whether professional artist, hobbyists or those completely new to creativity. They provide a huge range of workshops, including children’s pottery, home decoration, comic book illustration and Tai Chi.
Dr Richard Simpson, MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife said:
“It is encouraging to see people like Wendy and Angela, and the teams working with them, doing so much to help regenerate former coal mining communities in creating jobs and local services. The support provided by The Coalfields Regeneration Challenge, both financial and in the form of advice, mentoring and training, is allowing many more to support their own communities and bring their ideas to a reality. I know this is now the third year of the project and hope to see its good work continue for many more years to come.”
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