KAT Project News
Small Project Awards
KAT is making available £2,000 of proceeds from the Old Mill Thrift Shop to award grants for community projects or activities. It may be used for equipment purchases or to run events. The grants are intended to provide support and help enhance the lives of people in the local community. They will be available for activities such as children & education, health & wellbeing, arts & culture, the environment, the elderly and active lifestyles. They are for any amount up to £250 for each application and are available to any group in the Killin Community Council area who can show community benefit. Applications are invited using a standard form that can be downloaded here or collected in person from the Old Mill.
Grants in 2016 were awarded to:
Killin Carpet Bowling Club, Killin Community Council (Lantern Making), Killin Defibrillator Group, Killin Music Festival, Killin Nursery and Killin Pensioners Shopping Trip.
Grants in 2015 were awarded to:
Killin Scouts, Killin Community Choir, The Badminton Club, SWI, The Floral Foundation, Killin Medical Practice Patient Partnership Group, Killin and District Sports and Leisure Club, Killin Drama Group, Pensioners Christmas Shopping Trip, Carpet Bowls. Killin Community Defibrillator Group and Lantern Workshop and Parade.
‘More than a Post Office……’ Project
The 'More than a Post Office...' Project is to buy News First and lease the premises to MacGregor's Community Hub, a community Social Enterprise Company. The reason for this move is the provide MacGregor's Community Hub with a long term secure lease which will help with the future sustainability of the Post Office.
The Project will amalgamate the services of both MacGregor's Market and News First to provide the following:
- Post Office
- Banking Services for most of the major banks
- General Postal Services
- Pay Bills
- Top up for Mobiles and Electricity
- Vehicle Road Tax
- Provide space for Citizens Advice Bureau
- Employs Paper Boys and Girls to do daily deliveries. For most it is their first job
- Provides information and signposting to relevant services
- Assist with Benefit Forms
- Provides a space for people to sit and chat
- Delivers to outlying areas of Glen Lochay and Ardeonaig
- Community Notice Board
- Take bookings for the Community Bus
- Sell tickets for local events like the Killin Music Festival
- Sell the local phone book and Killin News
- Sell Fishing Permits.
MacGregor's will continue to sell the range of stock you can find in News First and MacGregor's at present.
Why is the Post Office Important to Killin?
The Killin Post Office closed its doors in August 2013 unexpectedly. The community were suddenly without access to a local Post Office. This meant people could not post letters and parcels, collect their pension, renew their Road Tax or pay bills. The biggest group affected were pensioners as quite a few don’t drive or able to get on the bus as it does not have accessible access on. They had to rely on the good will of local people to take them to the nearest Post Office 15 miles away.
Most people also didn’t want to travel 15 miles to just post one letter or parcel. Eventually the Post Office organised a mobile Post Office to come to the community, but this regularly had problems connecting with Wi-Fi or mobile data. It only came 2 days a week and often long queues would form. This eventually moved to the Killin Hotel until MacGregor’s took it on in February 2015.
At present Killin is also without a bank as the Bank of Scotland building had a fire in May and 3 months on it is still closed. The Royal Bank of Scotland have reduced their mobile bank van to one day (30 minutes). This makes the need of having a Post Office in the village even more important for the community and local businesses.
Successful Funding Applications
Stirling Council's - Your Place, Your Priorities - £10,000 Scottish Land Fund - £110,213 Local Fundraising - £800
KAT have been on the Friends of Breadalbane Park group since 2012 the aim is to improve the park for all by:
- improving the drainage and hardstanding
- to create a more inclusive and accessible park
- to build on the existing character of the park
- increase the use of the park
- to improve the play area
- to look at the entrances, gateways and boundaries to the park
- to improve signage, and
- to increase biodiversity
In April 2014 the Big Lottery (Community Spaces) awarded KAT a grant of £227,295 for Phase 1 and the work was completed in 2015, apart from snagging carried out in 2016. This involved some additional drainage, addressing the flooding that arose in the early part of the year due to unprecedented rain fall. £4,908 of funds remain to be claimed, which the Big Lottery have permitted KAT to spend on park furniture in due course.
The Killin events all went ahead in 2016 and organisors commented on the dry ground.
Stirling Council has undertaken some of work included in the original phase 3 of the long-term project, to plant orchard trees, wild flowers and repair or replace fencing. More of this work will be carried out in the coming year.
KAT has received funding from Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park (Moving Forward) and Stirling Council (Community Pride), to enable us to contract a design architect to help us design and cost a new play area in 2017. We have an ambition design that we will phase in over a number of years. Once the plans are fully costed we will start fundraising on the first area.
Aside from the work in the playpark the Friends Group has also started the process of gaining Green Flag status for the Park. The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces across the UK. Thousands of parks have been awarded Green Flag status since 1996, but only 3 parks within Stirling Council currently reach the standard. We’ve received great support from Stirling Council so far, with a number of improvements being carried out, including the repainting of the gate and the roundhouse, and new bins. Added to the new seating and picnic benches, wildflower meadow and orchard many residents have commented that the park is looking far more attractive! To find out more about the Green Flag award visit www.greenflagaward.org.uk and if any residents have comments on future improvements please get in touch. Gaining Green Flag status would not just recognise the work that has gone into improving the park so far, it would also help with future funding bids, and so we are very keen to gain this award. We have develop a management plan that can be access here Management Plan Final
Thrift Shop and Visitor Information
The Mill has become a focus for volunteering and is well supported by the community. It is profitable and an important resource in support of Trust activities. The work it provides is useful to those who wish to dispose of everyday items and to those keen to purchase them. Visitors are generally very complimentary. The ultimate aim of the business is to produce a small income stream to support community voluntary activities and give a focus for volunteering.
The Old Mill
The Mill building is leased to the Trust. Upkeep and expenses come from Thrift Shop profits. Extensive background work was needed to apply for charitable grants for the repair and development of the building and to make it more suitable for use by the community.
The old Mill recently received BIG Lottery Growing Community Assets Stage 1 Funding. This means we have received a development grant to enable us to develop our project to allow us to put in a stage 2 application. We have been encouraged to contract a business consultant to help us look at the use of the building to see if our project is viable through a development of a business plan.
SKS Scotland are our consultants and they have carried out community consultations over February and Early March 2016 to get up to date information from the community. The information gathered will be very important as it will help make up the application.
We have also contracted architect Sonya Linskaill. Sonya has worked on several occasions for KAT. She helped us to develop our ideas for the building for our stage 1 application. She wasn't able to work up our ideas for a lift or biomass boiler as the boundary was not in the right place which limited access to one area of the building which is vital for this. Sonya and her team will be taking this forward for the stage 2 application.
Historic Scotland has already promised £77,937 as a proportion of eligible repairs towards the costs that will be used along with the main grant. If it all goes according to the timetable work on the Mill will commence in November 2016.
We submitted the stage 2 application in August 2016 and will hear the outcome mid March 2017.
Internet Learning Café
The Internet Cafe is now run by Stirling Council under its IT & Me program. This is on a Tuesday between 11am to 1pm. The program is very similar to the way the Internet Cafe was run by KAT in that you can take your device and get help in using it. It is free for anyone to participate, unless you would like a tea/coffee which you need to pay 50p towards.
The sessions are run by Paul, who is a volunteer. Paul is very knowledgeable about computers and is happy to try and help you.
The Trust has one employee Theresa Elliot as the Project Manager for the Trust. Employment was achieved by acquiring charitable funding from a variety of sources. There are a few sources for such funding and they are time limited.
Theresa's post has been partly funded by the People and Communities fund from April 2015 until March 2019. Funding has been received from Stirling Council and to enable Theresa to project manage the Old Mill development has contributed to part fund her post. Part of Theresa's post funding is a partnership agreement with Stirling Council for Theresa to carry out the role of Community Liaison Officer for the communities of Strathyre, Lochearnhead, Balquhidder, Killin, Crianlarich and Tyndrum. This means Theresa attends Community Council and Trust meetings in these areas to provide support where required.
This post is very important to the Trust to manage the charitable activities of the Trust and are essential to sustain Trust projects.
This project is designed to look at all the facilities available in Killin and all resources used by groups and activities in the area to identify facilities that are needed or duplicated so that the community and providers can be aware of usage and demand and resource management improved. The Study is now complete and is available here space audit
Toilet Feasibility Study
The Trust were invited, by the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, to apply for a £10,000 grant at a time when Stirling Council told us that they were about to close both public toilets in the village. The Stirling Council decision presented us with a devastating scenario in view of the isolation of the village and large number of visitors to the local lochs and hills. It was suggested by Stirling Council that if community volunteers would clean and manage the toilets they were prepared to give them to the community. The study looked at all the options and interviewed a cross section of people and businesses in the area. The result concluded that it would not be possible to sustain the cost of even one public toilet without a robust business to support it. Volunteers were not keen to be involved in cleaning the toilets and Stirling Council decided, when the study was virtually complete, that they would still support the toilets for five years while seeking businesses to take them over by the end of that time. The study did discover that one, more suitably placed, toilet would be sufficient for Killin in a site acceptable to the majority of the local population. There is no immediate requirement for the Trust to be involved in developing this as a project.
Sports and Leisure Club
The Trust is exploring ways to support the Sports and Leisure Club as the facilities require to be upgraded in order to attract more members. Stirling Council have indicated that they would be happy to pass on the 999 year lease for the area to the community if satisfied by certain criteria. Options are being explored and one of the Club committee members attends Trust meetings.
The facilities is open from April to October. Access and equipment can be gained from the Killin Hotel, who are keen to support the facilities.
Pricing 2016 (April - October)
Tennis (per court) £10 per hour (4 people) = £5 per hr (2 people)
Basketball (per tennis court) £10 per hour
Football (per tennis court) £10 per hour
Football (full enclosure) £20 per hour (prior booking essential)...
Bowls (per game) £8 (4people) = £4 (2people) only 1 lane available
Putting (per round) £2 per Adult/ £1 per Junior
Holiday pass (weekly)
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £30 , Adult £15, Junior £8
(Weekly pass gives free use of facilities subject to availability)
All prices include equipment hire
In addition to the main Directors Committee the Trust has established a Finance Sub-Committee. The accounts have become complicated with an ever-increasing number of subdivisions related to different activities and funders. This will give Directors better understanding of financial transactions and more transparency to accounting.
The Trust and the Community owe much to certain people who have been the drivers behind the work of the Trust and without whom it is unlikely that we would have made such progress. The first of these is Sonya Linskaill who, while having been under contract for part of the process, has gone far beyond what was required of her in her support of the Mill development. The second is Theresa Elliot without whom I doubt that we could have reached this point in achieving either the Park or Mill funding. Support like this is a necessity where community development is concerned. Every pound spent on community support is of considerable help in community achievement, an effective expenditure for any government body. WA