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CLOSED Seeking Consultant: Green & Blue Places Visitor Management Scoping Study

Sustaining Dunbar is seeking a self employed consultant to deliver the proposed Dunbar & East Linton Green & Blue Places Visitor Management Scoping Study.

The opportunity is subject to the success of our application to NatureScot’s Better Places Fund. If successful the project must be completed by 31 March 2021; we therefore aim to appoint a consultant, subject to NatureScot funding, by the proposed project start date of 1 February 2021.

THIS OPPORTUNITY IS NOW CLOSED

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What If Visioning Workshop 3

Thursday 21st January, 7.30-9pm

Please register to receive joining information here.

In this third workshop in the series, the plan is to work together to draft the pivotal ‘What If?’ questions that we need to be asking now so as to unlock the pathway to the vision for 2030 and ‘memories of the future’ that participants explored and brought back with them in in our previous ‘visioning’ workshop.
All welcome, whether you’ve been able to take part in the previous workshops or not. You’ll receive more information when you register.

There will be a final workshop on Thursday 4th February where we will be selecting some of the What If questions to focus on and figuring out how to move from What If to What Next.

Also, to flag up the forthcoming What Next Summit which is being organised by Transition Network in conjunction with ‘CtrlShift’ and ‘Losing Control’ between 3rd and 20th March.

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Dunbar Harbour Trust -‘What If?’ Event

28 January, 7-8pm Informal online event by Dunbar Harbour Trust who will share their ‘What If’ aspirations for the future.

Dunbar Harbour Trust is the charity that looks after Dunbar’s three harbours. The diverse nature of the harbours requires multiple skills to ensure it remains a safe and welcoming place for those operating within and visitors alike. A small team of volunteers provide occasional assistance with maintenance of the historic Dunbar Battery and other harbour activities.

“We are delighted to be holding this event to promote the work we do, share our passion to make Dunbar Harbours the ‘go to’ place, and tell you about our ‘What If’ aspirations for the future.

You may wish to help us achieve our goals? Join us at this informal event to hear more!”

Register HERE

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Ola’s Diary 3

Building a Map of Stories

The art of storytelling is one of our last remaining democratic spaces’. I heard that said recently, noted it down but forgot to write who said it. It resonates with our ambition to capture some of those fascinating local stories which far too often only reach a few people.

Over the years, Sustaining Dunbar has collaborated with numerous national agencies and networks committed to sustainability and tackling the climate emergency, from Zero Waste Scotland and Nourish Scotland to Scottish Communities Climate Action Network. The latter has recently employed a ‘Story Weaver’ to run workshops to help people tell their stories effectively. A number of these stories have been edited into podcasts in collaboration with various groups and individuals.

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What If? Bulletin #1

Welcome to Sustaining Dunbar’s first What If? Bulletin.

We have been looking for an effective way to share our work with partner organisations and would like to trial a bulletin. We hope that it will provide some useful information without overwhelming your inbox! As this is our first bulletin, it’s a bit long but we promise to keep the future ones much shorter! We would be most grateful for your feedback regarding its content and whether you are happy to receive it once a month.

If you would like to receive this update by email, please contact ola@sustainingdunbar.org.

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‘What if?’ Workshop 2

What If Visioning Workshops (2nd session, Thursday 7th January, 7.30-9pm)

Let’s imagine a future full of possibility, let’s imagine a future where no one is left out, where Dunbar, East Linton and the local villages are home to thriving people, where nature thrives on the land and in the sea. Imagine a future where we have this, whilst also respecting the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

In last month’s workshop we explored what is already happening in Dunbar and District, what isn’t working, what needs to change and what needs to be retained.

What if? In this workshop we will use the Transition Time Machine to fire our collective imagination to come up with a vision for our community in 2030. Please register in advance for this workshop here.

In follow-up workshops we will ask ‘what next?‘ to explore pathways to a different future and generate some firm ideas for action.

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Connected Communities

East Lothian Council’s ‘Connected Communities’ team promote and deliver the council’s community empowerment aims, working collaboratively with other council services and community organisations, including Area Partnerships, community councils and voluntary organisations – to make a difference and help reduce inequalities.

Sustaining Dunbar’s Local Good Food Alliance talks to Helen Harper from Connected Communities about Dunbar community resilience, food provision and well-being during the pandemic.  Interview by Rosie Harrison.

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Community Recovery Funding

Funding to help the community recover from COVID

The Scottish Government’s Community Recovery fund is supporting community groups in Dunbar and East Linton to recover from the effects of the pandemic. The application was coordinated by Sustaining Dunbar and benefits around 30 groups and organisations across the Dunbar and East Linton Ward.

The award of £32,000 will enable Sustaining Dunbar to support the What If Network of local groups to create and deliver a community-led recovery plan for the area, working alongside the Community Councils and the Area Partnership. We believe that the recovery must go beyond just getting back to where we were before the pandemic. We are therefore working together for Dunbar and district to be a home to thriving people, in a thriving place, while respecting the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

As part of the What If Network, Sustaining Dunbar will coordinate networks focusing on specific themes: the first two are the Local Good Food Alliance and the Community Halls Network. Future themes will depend on the interest of members and partners, but may include supporting a living and lived in town centre, and mental health and wellbeing.

The practical support we can provide to members includes organising and facilitating meetings; promoting members’ work locally and beyond; and help with fund raising.

In addition to the above, five members of the What If Network have been awarded funding for specific activities:

  • The Ridge: The management time involved to develop the business model to deliver premises as a National Traditional Skills training centre based in Dunbar accessible to all, and review and revise all systems, policies and procedures in light of COVID-19 as well as the salary of temporary part time admin-support worker. £26,000
  • Dunbar Basics Bank: The trial of voucher scheme with local food retailers. £11,340
  • Dunbar Dementia Network: The staff costs for coordinator to support households coping with dementia. £2,340
  • Dunbar Day Centre: Computer equipment to enable staff to work safely and efficiently from home. £2,000
  • Lynton Day Centre: Food packaging for the delivery of freshly cooked lunches to clients. £1,200

Read more about the What If Network and how you can get involved.

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‘What If?’ workshops

What If Visioning Workshops (1st session, Thursday 10th December, 7.30-9pm)

Let’s imagine a future full of possibility, let’s imagine a future where no one is left out, where Dunbar, East Linton and the local villages are home to thriving people, where nature thrives on the land and in the sea. Imagine a future where we have this, whilst also respecting the wellbeing of all people, and the health of the whole planet.

As part of the Dunbar and District ‘What if?’ project, we are planning to run a series of workshops based on the Transition Network’s What if exercise. This is a 3 stage process to enable us to visualise and discuss the changes we want to see in our locality in the context of the climate and nature emergencies and the Covid-19 pandemic.

What is? To explore what is already happening, unpack what isn’t working, discuss what needs to change and what needs to be retained.

What if? To use the Transition Time Machine to fire our collective imagination to come up with a vision for our community (or an aspect of it).

What next? To explore the pathways that can get us from the ‘What If?’ questions we have generated, to some firm ideas for future actions.

Please join us to try out this approach in a series of 3 online workshops. We are planning to run the first ‘What Is?’ session on Thursday 10th December from 7.30 – 9pm

Please register in advance for this workshop: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqc-yvrzsuEt3dN33uvaepvDrQUcKd3Yae

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

This initial workshop series is aimed at members of Sustaining Dunbar and Climate Action East Linton.

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1000 Better Stories

Two more episodes in the Dunbar and District ‘mini-series’ from Scottish Community Climate Action Network’s ‘1000 Better Stories’ podcast are now available:

1000 Better Stories 06 – A Garden of Plenty Our final stop in our virtual visit to Dunbar is Belhaven Community Garden, before hearing some final thoughts on the power of community from the volunteers of Tyninghame Village Hall.

1000 Better Stories 05 – Making and Mending We chat cooking with the Community Carrot and repair and renewal with the East Linton Repair Cafe.

Listen to more episodes below:

Our first podcast of 2021 explores community led energy initiatives across Scotland, from the difference it can make, to the challenges still to be overcome. We hear from Greener Kirkcaldy, Cosy Kingdom, Orkney Renewable Energy Forum, Barra and Vatersay Community Limited and Linlithgow Community Development Trust, all pioneers with practical experience of making community energy work.The podcast was produced in partnership with Community Energy Scotland.
  1. 1000 Better Stories 09 – Community Energy
  2. 1000 Better Stories 08 – Winterings
  3. 1000 Better Stories 07 – Stories For Change
  4. 1000 Better Stories 06 – A Garden of Plenty
  5. 1000 Better Stories 05 – Making and Mending
  6. 1000 Better Stories 04 – Infinite Imagination
  7. 1000 Better Stories 03 – Black Lives Matter