Our Place is a Big Lottery Fund initiative that began working with five communities in Scotland in 2010 – Bellsmyre in West Dunbartonshire, Greenock Central and East in Inverclyde, Newmains in North Lanarkshire, Renfrew West in Renfrewshire and Royston in North Glasgow.
Our Place aims to empower local people and organisations to bring about change in their area. Over the last five years, £11million has been awarded to 25 projects that have worked to set up new trusts, develop community spaces, deliver services for older people, young people, children and families, build community capacity, and more.
Our Place launched in a further seven communities across Scotland in 2014. Our approach to working with specific areas has improved as a result of our learning from the first five communities, and gathering this learning continues to be important. Earlier this year, we carried out some further research to find out what the Our Place grantholders had to say about the whole experience so far and to get a sense of the impact they think it is having in their community.
People told us about the challenges their organisations had faced, and the difference their work and the wider Our Place initiative is making. They also offered some feedback for the Big Lottery Fund and advice for the people involved in the new Our Place communities.
We are delighted to share this valuable learning with others, particularly if you are interested in place-based initiatives or developing asset-based ways of working alongside communities.
A summary version of the learning report can be found here
The full version can be found here
If you’d like to speak to us about Our Place or ask any specific questions about the report get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org