This blog was originally posted in July 2016 to announce the launch of our Community Assets fund. It has since been edited to focus on the case study of Fauldhouse Development Trust. We changed our name from the Big Lottery Fund to The National Lottery Community Fund in January 2019.
Through Community Assets we want groups to demonstrate three key approaches – people-led, strengths-based and connected. We’re keen to share examples of best practice projects so today we kick off with Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Ltd – a fantastic community asset project with a strong people-led approach.
What Big Lottery Fund Scotland loved about the project:
The board of the Fauldhouse Community Development Trust is made up of local people, many of whom have lived in the village for many years and who bring a dynamic mix of skills, experience and knowledge to the table. They are involved in a range of local groups and activities and have their ear to the ground on what local people want from a community asset.
The Trust received an initial £454,943 from the Big Lottery Fund to purchase and refurbish a local building which is now a thriving community hub run for and by local people. It houses a range of social, educational and health based community services including a cinema, soft play area and café, and has meeting room space for local groups and businesses to use. More recently they received £147,000 to develop the activities that take place in and around the community hub with the input from its dedicated volunteers.
How they did it
Robert Russell, Chair of Fauldhouse Community Development Trust Ltd, said; “It was 2006 when I went along to a meeting to discuss how a revamped community centre in my local area could benefit the whole village. As a fundraiser I’d been invited with my professional hat on but by the end of the night I’d been elected Chair, a position I have held since that very day! We got an award from the Big Lottery Fund in 2010 to buy and renovate the building. It was important that all the villagers had the opportunity to be involved, and to this day all activity that takes place in the centre is run for and by local people. It’s so important you are always listening to what local people are saying and that they have a chance to shape or drive what they want to see.
“I’ve always been a big believer in talking to people and having one on one conversations. We’ve also sought feedback through two community consultations since we opened and we reach out to people in other ways like our regular bi-monthly newsletter that’s delivered through every door in every house in the village. The last ten years have certainly been a real labour of love. Our new community hub has made the village a better place to live and has really enhanced the community spirit which has always been here.”