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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

New Projects for 2010

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!"

Tenby and Saundersfoot:  Alan was invited to visit this community in Pembrokeshire who had picked up a copy of 'Inspiring Change' at the Development Trust Association conference in England.  Along with their neighbours Saundersfoot, they are keen to kick start the idea of a Trust for their community. Alan and group members held discussions with key partners and funders in a packed day of meetings before holding a successful community meeting in the evening.  Both emerging Development Trusts are focusing on physical development projects to show they mean business and aim to be "doing organisations".  We have been asked to prepare a submission to continue our support for both of these groups.

Establishing the Unst Trading Company: Alan is working closely with his associate Phil Brown (specialist in business planning) to assist the Unst Partnership in establishing a new Community Interest Company called the Unst Trading Company.  The Trading Company will promote a new Unst brand to add value to the food, tourism and craft sectors on th t;script src="/plugins/editors/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/themes/advanced/langs/en.js" type="text/javascript"> e island.  As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Unst Partnership, the new Trading Company will employ a development manager to promote the businesses and products on the island.  Often islan d based busineses are simply not big enough to take on the role of marketing and promotion and this is where the Trading Company will add value.  Alan and Phil are contracted to HIE Shetland to deliver this support covering business planning, training, fundraising and building the capacity of the Unst Partnership to manage and deliver the project.

Alan and Phil are convinced this project will provide an income generating model that can be replicated in other remote communities.

Business Plan for Transition Support Scotland: Alan has been asked to help in the preparation of a Business Plan for the network that supports the Transition Towns movement in Scotland.  As  with many projects funded by the Climate Challenge Fund they have there eye on March 2011 when their current funding finishes.  This is a growing movement in Scotland of communities who are using this model of building more resilient communities for a low carbon economy.  It is essential that this network itself finds ways to sustain its good work beyond April 2011.

Letham Community Food Project: Alan has been working closely with the Letham Climate Challenge Group over the last year on their Street by Street Energy Audit and Insulation Project. The success of this work to date has inspired the Group to submit a further application to the Climate Challenge Fund for this project to grow food in the gardens and green space of Letham. It will create a garden share scheme, capture the enthusiasm and telents of local gardeners, set up a toolbank and utilse the fantastic facilities at the nearby Westbank Nursery.  Alan has worked closely with the Project Co-ordinator Steven Mitchell to develop this project and funding application.  The latest awards from the Scottish Government in March confirmed an award of over £70,000 (read more here).

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.  Entitled "Assets and architecture - a community vision" you can read more here.