£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:


Fixing for a Future

The Fixing for a Future project has been developed by East Linton Melting Pot, supported by Sustaining Dunbar. The project has recently secured two year’s of funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and a part-time project officer, Rosie Harrison, has now been appointed.


Fixing for a Future -Project Officer

‘Fixing for a Future’, Freelance Project Officer, 1.5 days per week, 2-year contract, East Linton, East Lothian

The East Linton Melting Pot, working with Sustaining Dunbar, require a Project Officer to establish a monthly Repair Cafe at The Mart in East Linton, to set up and oversee the running of practical Skills Workshops and to recruit and organise training of volunteers for these activities and for facilitating ‘carbon conversations’ groups.

Events News

General Election Hustings -Tuesday 10th December

Tuesday 10th December 2019

7.30pm Belhaven Church Hall

Belhaven Rd, Dunbar EH42 1NH – Doors open from 7pm

Organised jointly by:


Come and hear the candidates standing to become the new MP for East Lothian in the General Election on 12th December 2019.

Candidates whose attendance is confirmed:

  • Craig Hoy (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party)
  • Kenny MacAskill (Scottish National Party – SNP)
  • Robert O’Riordan (Scottish Liberal Democat)
  • David Sisson (UK Independence Party)
  • Martin Whitfield (Scottish Labour)

Independent Chair: Tim Greene (Trustee of Sustaining Dunbar)
Questions (to be put to all candidates) can be submitted up to 7.30pm on the night or in advance by email to: (This is also the address for queries).

This event is independently organised by Dunbar Churches Together and Sustaining Dunbar (Registered charity SC040106) on a cross-party basis to enable electors to hear from the various candidates standing in the General Election. The names shown have confirmed their attendance; one other candidate has also been invited.


How can we talk about the Climate Emergency without upsetting our friends?

‘Finding your Voice’

Are your friends just back from another weekend break in New York?  Do all your neighbours drive gas-guzzling SUVs? What exactly is it about the Climate Emergency that they don’t get? Do they not care?  Is it easier to just avoid talking about it?

Tuesday 12th November 7-9pm
Bring and share pot-luck supper followed by a facilitated discussion about how to have better, more effective conversations about the Climate and Ecological Emergencies.

Belhaven Church Hall, EH42 1NH
6.30pm Doors Open
7pm Bring and Share Potluck supper
8pm Talking effectively about the Climate Emergency -facilitated discussion


Carbon Conversations -Do you want to be part of it? Register your interest now.

“I have sleepless nights if I think about it…” “I’m afraid I can’t make a difference…”
“I know it’s a problem but I need a holiday in the sun…”

The moment we start talking about the Climate Crisis, feelings, fears and dilemmas come tumbling out. We know that there is a problem but it’s hard to face our feelings and fears and hard to know what to do.

Do you think that we need to find better ways of talking with each other about the Climate Crisis and of supporting each other to make change?

Carbon Conversations groups help people to face their complex reactions, take practical steps that make a difference and help them to feel better.

Carbon Conversations are a series of six facilitated conversations, over three months or so, within a small and supportive group experience which helps people understand and take practical action to significantly reduce their individual carbon footprint -as well as creating space to discuss ideas for neighbourhood and community scale action.

Would you like to be part of one of these conversations? If so, please register your interest HERE.