The BIG Lottery funded Our Place initiative in Shortlees in Kilmarnock is proving very successful after the first 3 years. Major projects already funded by the BIG Lottery include – a new entrance feature to Shortlees; the Community and School Together (CAST) project; the Our Wee Place community hub; Raise Your Voice Shortlees by Centrestage; and five years funding for the SKY Project (Stuff for Kids and Youth). Projects in the pipeline include a brand new play area on Burn Park; a Community Garden project; and most exciting of all – a new organisation to take things forward into the future – the Shortlees Community Development Trust.
The community of Shortlees was selected as one of seven communities to benefit from the BIG Lottery “Our Place” Initiative, providing support and funding over 5 years to empower local people and organisations to bring about positive and lasting change in their neighbourhood. Although we have already secured nearly £700,000 for Shortlees, Our Place has been about a lot more than projects – it is about people coming together, building relationships, encouraging and supporting each other, and making things happen.
The second edition of the Shortlees Newsletter – produced by pupils at Shortlees Primary School in June – gives a flavour of what’s going on in the community. Click the link below to read it.