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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

Running Great Events

Our reputation continues to grow for running enjoyable and productive events. Ian Marchant, recently retired Chief Exec of Scottish and Southern Energy, praised a session we ran saying, "Alan facilitated what could have been a difficult meeting between two very different groups and created an atmoshere that was both friendly and conducive to good discussion. He encouraged us to reach real conclusions and, as a bonus, made sure we finished on time."

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Designing New Programmes of Work

"Are You Ready?" is a new, pilot programme from Adaptation Scotland to engage local groups in a discussion about our changing climate and the effect it will have on their communities. Using self run workshops and short films the pilot aims to build a 'big conversation' involving communities across Scotland. 10 communities have signed up to run their events at the start of 2013.

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Seton Fields Big Lottery Application

The Seton Fields Community Company are bidding for Big Lottery funds through the Growing Community Assets Programme to assist with the purchase of 113 acres of land to benefit their community.  Alan has just completed a survey exercise to help define local need and contribute to the business plan for this exciting project.

Read more: Seton Fields Big Lottery Application

 

New Venture - Dartington Futures

Imagine This' 'is an exciting new consultancy venture with one of my associates, Simon Hooton of Ash Futures Ltd. Our first project is the creation of the Dartington Futures Network in partnership with the Dartington Hall Trust in Devon. See one of our bulletins here to give you a flavour of this project.

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Fiery Spirit

Alan is delighted to have been appointed as an Associate by the Carnegie UK Trust to help develop the 'Fiery Spirits Community of Practice'.

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Trust announces joint venture on nuclear bunker

In December 2011, the Comrie Development Trust announced an exciting joint venture to create a data centre at the former nuclear bunker at Cultybraggan Army Camp. This takes their plans for the 96 acres of land at Cultybraggan Army Camp to a whole new level with the prospect of high speed broadband to attract new investors and benefit their community. Alan leads on this projet as volunteer board member of the Trust.

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Power to the People

Imagine making money from wind water, sunshine amd manure?  This is exactly what Dunblane did through an exciting project exploring the potential of community owned renewable energy generation withintheir community.  Working alongside our partner, Land Use Consultants, we undertook a feasibility study, organised community participation events and proposed practical schemes to make ideas happen.

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A New Partnership for Camlachie

Our work in Barrowfield in Glasgow has taken a fascinating turn since organising a fact finding trip to Derry.  Learning from the community mediation in Ireland has resulted in the ground breaking 'Camlachie Partnership' bringing local residents, politicians and support agencies together to tackle the issues facing a community living next to Celtic Park and the new Commonwealth Games Velodrome.

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Climate Challenge Fund Gathering

Just how do you successfully facilitate a workshop with 150 people and make it enjoyable, productive and just a bit different? Along with colleagues Simon Pepper and Simon Hooton this is exactly what Alan achieved on the second day of this years CCF Gathering in Glasgow.

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Creating Community Companies

Six very different communities across Scotland have approached us in 2011 to help them create community companies.  Our tailored packages offering support, training, legal formation and fundraising continues to prove a successful formula that has seen us help local people to create over 80 such organisations.

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A Framework for Community Action on Climate Change

Alan has been working with associate Simon Pepper to faciliate a small group of community activists interested in this subject.  The aim is to identify and remove the barriers that communities face in taking action on climate change.

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Sustainabilty South West

SSW is the independent Champion Body for sustainability in the South West of England. This year's summit held in July focused on how the organisation would need to change and adapt to this new age of austerity.  Facilitating the two-day residential event, Alan helped the staff and board to think through a new direction for the charity.

'We were impressed with Alan and his facilitation style. Alan provided well structured sessions that really engaged our Board Members who represent a very wide range of sectors.  Alan clearly understood our objectives and his process precipitated useful observations, conclusions and a plan of action for further development. Alan was able to steer discussions within a group of smart, demanding participants and demonstrated a sensitive and inclusive approach.' Leslie Watson, Director

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Glasgow Calling - New Trusts and Masterplanning

Saturday, 30 October 2010 00:00

We are delighted to be working with inner city communites again after our workload has been dominated by policy and rural work over the last few months. We are helping to set up a new Development Trust in the Oatlands area of of the city.  This Trust will lead the redevelopment of the derelict St Margaret's Church into a multi-purpose community centre and workspace.  We are also working with our associates EKOS and HTA Architects to produce a community masterplan for the Camlachie community in the East End.

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Looking beyond grant income

To meet the challenges of the recession and 'new age of austerity' we are offering tailored review events, fundraising advice and business planning expertise to community based and third sector organisations. There is huge potential for organisations previously relying on grant funding to restructure to earn income and create a financially sustainable business model. To discuss an event for your organisation you can contact Alan here .

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2020 Delivery Group

The 2020 Delivery Group has been established by the Scottish Government to ensure that all sectors of Scotland's economy and civic society contribute fully to achieving the ambitious carbon reductions in the Climate Change Delivery Plan (find out more here). Alan is a member of the Finance Working Group chaired by Lady Susan Rice, Chair of the Lloyds Banking Group Scotland.

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Business Plan for Transition Scotland Support

Alan has been asked by Transition Scotland Support to help them to create a business plan to take the organisation beyond its current funding period of March 2011

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Alan’s fundraising from the Climate Challenge Fund exceeds £1.1 million

Friday, 02 April 2010 00:00

The latest awards from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund has taken Alan’s fundraising for local communities to over £1.1 million. Letham Residents Association in Perth have been awarded £71,211.02 and are the latest organisation to benefit from our fundraising skills and expertise on low carbon futures.

Read more: Alan’s fundraising from the Climate Challenge Fund exceeds £1.1 million

 

Festival of Architecture

Sunday, 21 February 2010 13:30

Waterford Festival of Architecture: Alan has been invited to give a keynote address to this conference in April on the potential of communities to inspire architects to create a new regeneration process to support a low carbon future. Alan will be revisiting an area where he worked 10 years ago to help establish one of the first Development Trust's in Ireland at Tramore.

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New Projects for 2010

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 18:05

2010 has kicked off with a fascinating range of projects for our practice taking us from Perthshire to Pembrokeshire, Shetland and Ireland. Paul Cowper, the chairman of the Tenby Community Development Group praised our work following Alan's first visit commenting, "I cannot praise too highly the skills and personal qualities that Alan brings to any community trying to better themselves. Quite simply I would say if you can secure Alan's services go for it. You won't be disapointed!"

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‘Inspiring Change Events’

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:30

Following the success of the 'Inspiring Change' publication written for the Development Trust Association Scotland, Alan is now offering ‘Inspiring Change Events’ to companies, charities, public sector organisations and local communities. For examples of events to date read more.

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Comrie Development Trust – an example for rural communities across the country

Saturday, 26 December 2009 19:50

Alan is a volunteer board member on the Comrie Development Trust who are fast gaining a national reputation for their Comrie Carbon Challenge project and the sustainable development of 96 acres of land on the edge of their village at Cultybraggan. See theTrust's website for a wealth of detail and guidance from the Comrie Development Trust. Below is a short film that tells the story of how the community of Comrie in rural Perthshire is looking to reduce its carbon footprint.

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Sleat Community Master Plan - Presentation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:00

How do we want Sleat on the Isle of Skye to be in 10,20 or even 30 years time? This is the question being asked by the Sleat Community Trust as they look to renew their first plan for the area prepared 5 years ago.

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Inspiring Change – creating a successful development trust

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 00:00

Inspiring Change report coverThe Development Trust Association Scotland has published the latest best practice publication written by Alan Caldwell.  Alan is a volunteer board member on Comrie Development Trust in his home village and this publication has been based around the birth and early years of this organisation. You can view the short film that accompanies the publication here.

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New website launched

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 00:00

Screenshot from websiteWe are marking our 10th birthday by re-launching the website that has served us so well over our first decade in business. This also coincides with the production of the latest publication we have prepared for the Development Trust Association of Scotland called ‘Inspiring Change’.

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A new financial structure for Westray Development Trust

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 00:00

Wind turbine at WestrayWestray Development Trust was one of our very first clients and we have maintained a strong connection to the island and the organisation over the years.  Our latest work will devise a new legal structure for the Trust and its trading subsidiary to manage the income from their new, community owned, wind turbine.

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Home Scotland – New Regeneration Programme

Friday, 18 September 2009 07:24

The Housing Association Home Scotland turned to Alan Caldwell Associates to develop their new community regeneration programme, Building Communities.

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Street-by-Street Energy Audit and Insulation Project

Friday, 18 September 2009 07:23

This national pilot project under the Government’s Climate Challenge Fund covers three Perthshire communities looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

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British Council – Challenge Europe Conference

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:26

The UK leg of this exciting initiative will bring 50 young climate challenge advocates to Comrie from across Europe for a four-day conference event.

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Unst – Saxa Vord feasibility Study

Friday, 18 September 2009 07:18

Initially appointed to undertake a feasibility study into a community buy in to this former RAF base, the second phase is preparing a business plan to encourage island enterprises in the craft, tourism and food and drink sectors.

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Muirton Park Community Development Trust

Friday, 18 September 2009 07:17

Local residents in this inner city area of Perth have established a new development trust to give the community an active role in this large-scale regeneration programme.

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Dartmoor National Park Authority – One Planet Dartmoor Aug 2009

Friday, 18 September 2009 07:15

This year is the 60th anniversary of the legislation that created National Parks in England and Wales.  Dartmoor National Park are choosing to celebrate this by launching ‘One Planet Dartmoor’ to build a low carbon future for this beautiful area of England.

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The Market & Coastal Towns Initiative for the South West of England

Thursday, 17 September 2009 10:26

The MCTi, designed by Alan Caldwell Associates, was given national recognition at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s awards ceremony in London on the 3rd February 2005 as winner of the Sustainable Communities Award.

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Bodmin Futures 2020 Vision

Thursday, 17 September 2009 10:26

Quality, Partnership and a 21st Century Economy

A leading example of community planning within the award winning Market & Coastal Towns Initiative for the South West, Bodmin Futures is driving the regeneration of their town and surrounding parishes.

By 2020 they will be regarded as a Centre of Excellence, creating an enterprise economy underpinned by the highest quality of educational facilities at every level. Other themes include active citizenship, affordable housing, healthy living, natural environment, thriving cultural life, inspiring their community and volunteering. In a truly holistic plan they are placing the principles of sustainable development at the heart of their regeneration plans.

Read more: Bodmin Futures 2020 Vision