We have a new webinar series!

7 – 8pm, Monday 27th April

Gardener’s Question Time

Struggling with your seedlings, toiling with your tatties? Puzzling over how to turn that wee bit of grass into your new veg patch?

Join Dunbar’s gardening experts Naomi and Graham for the first Sustaining Dunbar ‘Gardener’s Questions Time’!

With sowing season underway, the gardeners from Belhaven Community Garden have some (at least) of the answers for novice gardeners wanting to start growing their own fruit and veg in the lockdown – and may even have some helpful hints for houseplant parents.

Send in your questions ahead of time and then hop on Zoom, 7pm – 8pm on Monday 27th April.
Email your questions and to request the Zoom link to:

11am – midday, Wednesday 6th May

Spruce Up Your Website

Get the most out of your website using Sustaining Dunbar’s OurLocality WordPress website platform with website builder and all round marketing and project management whizz Philip Immirzi.

With many of us working from home and most of us spending more time online, now’s the time to get your website in good shape.

Send in your questions ahead of time and then hop on Zoom, 11am Wed 6th May.
Email your questions and to request the Zoom link to:

OurLocality is the easy to use, affordable, ad-free, locally based hosting platform for individuals, groups and businesses to establish a web presence rapidly and cost effectively – no matter how small your project.

Since 2013, we’ve supported and guided close to 100 local projects in creating their own websites.


£88,000 to help local groups support the community in the pandemic

Dunbar and district has a strong tradition of local groups working together to look after people in need of help and support. This has enabled groups to respond quickly to the coronavirus situation by extending and adapting their services, and to ensure people get the help they need.

Using our experience and role as a Community Development Trust, Sustaining Dunbar has been able to work on behalf of the local Covid-19 Response Groups to raise funds for the following groups and projects:

The Ridge – £26,765 towards: coordinating community groups & volunteers across Dunbar/West Barns; providing counselling; supplying fresh vegetables to Dunbar Basics Bank.

Dunbar Basics Bank – £24,051 toward expansion of the food bank service and provision of delivery service.

Dunbar/West Barns/Dunpender/East Lammermuir Community Councils – £12,000 for a joint hardship fund for residents of local area (Ward 6). (Details of the fund and how to apply will be posted on the Dunbar Community Council website soon.)

Community Carrot t/a Crunchy Carrot – £6,600 towards free food delivery to elderly and self isolating.

St Annes Episcopal Church Dunbar – £5,130 towards: a debt advice service; community events, support and local news.

Parish of Dunglass (Church of Scotland) – £4,330 towards working with East Lammermuir Community Council, Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council and Innerwick Parish Welfare Association to coordinate volunteeers, provide and deliver emergency supplies in Dunglass and area.

Lynton Day Centre – £2,145 towards delivery of home cooked meals to elderly clients and elderly volunteers while the centre is closed.

Dunbar and West Barns Community Councils – £1,000 towards personal protective equipment and supplies for community volunteers.

Sunny Soups – £993 towards free soup from surplus food to foodbank users and others.

Sustaining Dunbar has raised a further £5,000 contingency to support community groups responding to the challenges of the pandemic. For further information about applying, please contact Osbert Lancaster,

This funding has been provided by the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund which is administered by the Development Trust Association Scotland.