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Development Trusts Association Scotland Community Ownership Support Service Report of workshop for Bridgend Inspiring Growth 6-8.

45pm, 15th March 2012 Present: Will, Anna, John, Ellie, Katy, Tavis, Judy Facilitated by Tom Black, using material from DTAs Cultivating Enterprise pack. The following were agreed as a working draft for the Bridgend Inspiring Growth project: 1. Vision To inspire growth on a collective and individual level through promoting tailored and supportive activities and projects that work in harmony with the local environment for the positive development of people and place for Bridgend and the surrounding communities of Inch, Moredun, Liberton and Craigmillar. 2. Mission To develop an inclusive community-led organization that is empowered to confidently and skillfully take on and develop an asset (Bridgend Farmhouse) to provide appropriate, sustainable initiative for the local community. 3. Community/ Beneficiaries The communities of Bridgend, Inch, Moredun, Craigmillar and Liberton in particular: Current and potential users of Craigmillar Castle Park Young adults (17-35) with learning difficulties School leavers lacking practical experience People facing health inequalities Those less able to secure volunteering and further educational opportunities for themselves Others in the above communities 4. Key Local Needs: 1. Employment and training 2. Healthy eating/living 3. Physical activity

5. Strategic Aims / Outcomes (to be finalised): 1. Allow people to employ their time learning new skills and sharing existing skills which will help them move on to more positive destinations and build their confidence. 2. Local people will be able to make healthier choices by gaining access to food resources and valuing healthy food ( by creating opportunities for people to have an involvement with all aspects of food - grow, have greater knowledge/ experience and cook healthy, low costs and delicious food.] 3. Empower people to engage in physical activity and their environment enabling them to take pride in own health and therefore be healthier and happier 6. Objectives / Main Activity Areas: The following activities were identified by local people and organisations through BIGs various consultation work over the previous year as possibilities for the Farmhouse. The group prioritized these by voting on those that most clearly contribute to each of the identified local needs above. Each person was given 5 votes per need. Activity/ Need Growing/ permaculture / horticulture* Employability/ supported training and employment esp. for young and disabled* Vocational skills and volunteering opportunities* Space for respite and personal growth Kitchen garden* Wildlife garden Healthy lifestyles Guided walks* Tea room /caf* Cookery classes / training* Celebrate/ interpret history of site exhibitions and information Outdoor experiential learning and sports (e.g. for young Employment Healthy & Training Eating 3 1 5 0 Physical Activity 2 0 Total score 7 5

5 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 0

0 1 9 1 1 0 4 8 0

3 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0

8 1 10 1 2 5 8 9 0

people)* Environmental art Sustainable construction (training)* Renewable energy Social events Cultural events Arts and traditional crafts classes and exhibition* Bar Night hostel Youth club* Information point Meeting space for local groups Fruit & veg shop* Environmental studies

0 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 4 1

0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 0

0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 4 0 5 0 3

0 5 1 2 0 4 0 0 4 3 6 12 4

* denotes activities that were assessed as part of the exercise below.

7. Assessment as Business Ideas Members of the group then worked together in pairs or threes to assess the above activities (asterisked) as business ideas to provide a quick, initial sense of their feasibility and practicality. Each activity was scored against 7 criteria, with 5 being the highest (most feasible) score and 1 the lowest for each. Therefore, the total possible score was 35 for each. Arts and traditional crafts classes and exhibitions Characteristic Score Comments out of 5 People are passionate about 4 working with this idea This idea fits with Provides a sense of successfulness vision, mission and 4/5 Provides an alternate way to get people aims involved in the project There are Especially appeals to middle aged women identifiable 5 Up skilling young people customers There is a need for 5 the product There is no tough Could be lower cost than other providers competition 4/5 e.g. university/college and different environment We could make a 3 lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest 4 of the organisation TOTAL 28/29 Caf and cooking classes Characteristic Score out of 5 People are passionate about 4 working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and 5 aims There are identifiable 4 customers

Comments Food = passion

Better relationship with food inspires healthier diet Children, young people (schools). Additional support needs people elderly

There is a need for the product There is no tough competition We could make a lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest of the organisation TOTAL

5 5 3 4 30

Everybody wants tea and (healthy) cake Not in local area Need to keep costs down e.g. volunteers, home grown produce Positivie impact through increased awareness and community involvement

Sustainable construction Characteristic Score out of 5 People are passionate about 5 working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and 5 aims There are identifiable 4/5 customers There is a need for 5 the product There is no tough 3 competition We could make a 3 lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest 1/2 of the organisation TOTAL 27/28 Employment and training Characteristic Score out of 5 People are passionate about 5 working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and 5 aims There are identifiable 4 customers

Comments

Paid through statutory bodies or external providers School leavers Local interest

Needs space, equipment

Comments

There is a need for the product There is no tough competition We could make a lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest of the organisation TOTAL

5 4 4 5 32

Outdoor learning, sport and recreation Characteristic Score Comments out of 5 People are passionate about 5 working with this idea This idea fits with Working in harmony with local environment vision, mission and Healthier people. Exploring local outdoor 5 aims spaces encourages more respect for environment There are Primary/secondary schools. ESOC, sports identifiable 5 groups. HE establishments. Youth groups. customers Local people. FOTA. Health in Mind There is a need for 4 the product There is no tough .. complement current provision by 4 competition countryside ranger service We could make a Unlikely to generate huge income but would lot of profit be able to cover costs. Possibility to 4 increase profit though provision for corporate groups There will be low Activity dependant impact on the rest 4 of the organisation TOTAL 31 Kitchen and wildlife garden Characteristic Score out of 5 People are passionate about 4 working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and 5 aims

Comments Knowing where food came from

Healthy eating. Inspire people to have a go at home

There are identifiable customers There is a need for the product There is no tough competition We could make a lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest of the organisation TOTAL

Not directly but indirectly though cafe 0 3 3 1 5 21 Linked to kitchen in farmhouse Easier to buy than grow your own? Small garden so not huge amount of produce but help keep cooking costs down Small project but does need ongoing support. Provides healthy eating. Helps environment. Minimal resources

Growing/permaculture/horticulture Characteristic Score Comments out of 5 People are passionate about 3 working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and 5 aims There are Courses/training identifiable 3 customers There is a need for 3 the product There is no tough 3 competition We could make a 2 lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest 4 of the organisation TOTAL 23 Fruit and Veg shop/market Characteristic Score out of 5 People are passionate about 5 working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and 5 aims

Comments

There are identifiable customers There is a need for the product There is no tough competition We could make a lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest of the organisation TOTAL Youth club Characteristic People are passionate about working with this idea This idea fits with vision, mission and aims There are identifiable customers There is a need for the product There is no tough competition We could make a lot of profit There will be low impact on the rest of the organisation TOTAL SUMMARY

Local people 5 4 3 3 Could be a market once a month or a stall in the caf with honesty box. Could be something that makes more profit over long term if succesful Promote healthier eating

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Score out of 5 3

Comments

3 5 4 5 1 2 23

Outdoor learning, sport and recreation: Employment and training: Caf and cooking classes: Arts and traditional crafts classes and exhibitions: Sustainable construction: Fruit and Veg shop/market: Youth club:

31 32 30 28/29 27/28 27 23

Growing/permaculture/horticulture: Kitchen and wildlife garden: 8. Next Meeting: Monday 7th May 2012.

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Daisy's Diner, 82 Walter Scott Avenue, The Inch


It was agreed that Tom be invited to the next meeting where next steps for feasibility and business planning work will be discussed.