Following on from the successful implementation of the Alliance for Action and Charrette in Rothesay, Highlands & Islands Enterprise commissioned SURF to conduct  a feasibility study for an Alliance for Action in Dunoon.

During the feasibility phase, an opportunity arose to successfully apply for a Charrette in Dunoon before the establishment of an Alliance. This departure from SURF’s normal practice allows the development of wider community interests around the identification of projects during the Charrette to form the basis for any developing Alliance.

As in the other Alliance areas, SURF will work in Dunoon  with relevant local and national partners to:

  • Build local capacity, strengthen resilience, increase practical outcomes and improve the wellbeing of local residents;
  • Link local knowledge, initiatives and assets with national networks, policies and resources in support of more coordinated and holistic regeneration activity;
  • Draw out transferable learning towards more successful and sustainable policy and practice in community regeneration.

SURF Dunoon Feasibility Study

The feasibility study was completed at the end of 2016.

Dunnon Charrette Process

A significant outcome of the Alliance to date has been the successful application to the Scottish Government for funding for the Dunoon Charrette. The bulk of the funding came from the Scottish Government with a significant input from Argyll and Bute Council. The inclusive and intensive Charrette planning process will be a community managed project, with support from a number of relevant agencies including Argyll and Bute Council.

Meeting Notes and Agendas

Digital Dunoon

In August 2017, on behalf of the Dunoon Alliance for Action, SURF made an application to Scotland’s Towns Partnership for support under the Government funded Digital Towns pilot.  Dunoon was successful and awarded expert consultancy provided by Real Towns.

SURF Alliance for Action Learning Events

In 2015 Two events were held in Govan in 2015 bringing together local projects from both Govan and East Kirkcaldy with National Alliance partners. The first event focused on Creative Community Participation and the second looked at Food in the Community and the role of food in local and national regeneration policy and practice.

In 2016 SURF held a Shared Learning Event in the Fairfield Shipyard Offices in Autumn of 2016 bringing together local projects from Govan, East Kirkcaldy and Rothesay with National Alliance partners. The event focused on Heritage and how it can be used as a method for community engagement.

In 2017 SURF held a learning event in the Kinning Park Complex on the topic of Mental Wellbeing and Regeneration.

In April 2018 SURF held a Shared Learning Event on Red Tape and Benefits in the Kinning Park Complex, looking at the impacts of income regulations on community participation and regeneration policy and practice.

Further information and learning from this event is presented in the report below:

Dunoon Facilitator

Ann Campbell was appointed to the part-time role of Dunoon Facilitator in September 2018. Ann will be working closely with the Dunoon Area Alliance over 2018-2o to help support the delivery of projects identified in the 2017 Community Charrette.