At Clydesider Creative HQ we are celebrating not one, not two but three funding boosts.
The extra cash will allow us to bring Creative Taster Cafes and Citizen Journalism training to West Dunbartonshire and get more people involved with the Clydesider community magazine.
When we started setting up Clydesider a couple of years ago I didn’t realise that encouraging local people to report on what was happening in their communities was becoming ‘a thing’.
I just knew there were a lot of talented individuals in our community and loads of inspirational stories which go unreported because there is too much focus on sensational bad news or celebrity gossip.
So with Clydesider I wanted to create something that is all about the positives in West Dunbartonshire – and there are plenty of them if we take time to look.
We’ve had tremendous support from our local community with over 70 volunteer contributors in our first two years – plus many more people who have helped us with everything from DIY to web design. This funding will allow us to offer free citizen journalism workshops in Dumbarton, the Vale and Clydebank to give more people the tools to share their good news stories. These start next month in Dumbarton Library – more details coming soon.
We will also be taking on a new member of staff as a Creative Development worker and next year will be launching our Clydesider Creative Taster Cafes. These will be a range of free creative workshops including photography, pottery, woodwork, art, creative writing and we will use the magazine and this website – www.clydesider.org – to show off some of the local talent. Check out Issue 8, out at the end of October, for details of the new post.
Clydesider Creative received a grant of £3,000 from the Glasgow Flightpath Fund, a three-year National Lottery award of £73,720 from the Big Lottery Fund and a funding and training award of up to £5,000 from the Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up programme, in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.
On behalf of all at Clydesider I would like to thank our new funders for their support and look forward to working with them and sharing our journey as we involve more people from our local communities in making the news.