Sustaining Dunbar

Sustaining Dunbar is the community development trust for the Dunbar and East Linton ward in East Lothian. We believe the area should be home to thriving people, where nature flourishes on the land and in the sea, where we live, work and learn in ways that respect the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

for thriving people & flourishing nature

With a get-it-done approach, the area’s strong communities have always adapted and developed as Scotland and the world have changed over the centuries. Sustaining Dunbar continues this tradition, working with local people, community groups and allies in statutory organisations so that the area can respond to challenges from the COVID pandemic to the climate crisis.

Sustaining Dunbar is headed up by a small team of volunteers, who live in and love this place, and is run with support from staff employed on a project to project basis. We draw on the huge range of expertise of our members, partner organisations and staff to turn ideas into activities that make a difference right now and help shape the future we, and the world, needs. 

We’re working with…

Individuals & families

We and our partners organise a variety of events and activities with opportunities to learn, connect with others, get involved in new and existing projects. Check out the partners pages to find opportunities to get involved. View partners…

Local groups & organisations

We convene the ‘What If?’ partners network of local groups, organisations and businesses working together to make a difference. Join us if your organisation shares our broad aim of working for thriving people in a flourishing place. Visit site…

Statutory bodies & national groups 

We work with the Area Partnership, the Community Councils, East Lothian Council and other organisations. We collaborate on shared objectives and seek to influence policy and practice – locally and nationally.

If you share our passion, become a member (it’s free) and we’ll keep you in the loop with news and events…

Our active projects & collaborations…

Community-led Resilience Plan

We want to learn from the experience of the pandemic, prepare for future challenges, and play our part in tackling the environment crisis. We are working with our partners in the What If? network to facilitate a community-led resilience plan.

Belhaven Community Garden

We have transformed land at Belhaven Hospital into gardens where local residents, community groups, staff and patients can grow and learn together in a therapeutic and biodiverse space. Read more…

Climate Action East Linton

A friendly, informal group of people living in the East Linton area who care deeply about the climate and biodiversity crises. Visit site…

Fixing for a Future Repair Cafe

Repair Cafés, Skills Workshops (joinery, clothes repair, bicycle repair) and Carbon Conversation Facilitator Training.Visit site…

Local Good Food Alliance

Local Good Food Alliance works across Dunbar, East Linton and surrounding villages to help shape a food system that is better for the planet, better for people and better for producers. Visit site…

Local Community Halls Network

A support and knowledge exchange network of groups and individuals who are custodians of the village and church halls in Dunbar, East Linton and the area. Visit site…

Legacy & past projects…

Since our launch in 2008, we have run, nurtured, supported and partnered with a whole variety of projects and initiatives in the Dunbar, East Linton and surrounding area which have community, cooperation and resilience at their heart. Many are still going strong as independent organisations. Check out our timeline…

News & events…

  • Contract: Community Engagement Lead
    We are looking for the right person to take a lead on working with our partners in the What If? Network as we coordinate the development of a community-led recovery and resilience plan for the area.
  • Community Learning Exchange
    We recently shared our experience of convening the Dunbar and District ‘What If? Network‘ with other members of the Scottish Communities Climate Action […]
  • Local Good Food Alliance
    The Local Good Food Alliance was launched by Sustaining Dunbar in early September 2020. We have been reflecting on the journey we’ve undertaken together.

View all news and events…