Northern Corridor Community Volunteers
Outlook and Aims
- Promoting, Protecting and Nurturing Greenspace - litter picks - improving paths - community growing and conservation projects
- Cataloguing, Protecting and Encouraging Habitats - ecological surveys - getting protection orders - improving habitats
- Promoting Cultural, Educational and Historical Assets - promoting the history and culture of the area for future generations including links with education service
- Organise litter picks
- identify areas that need improvement
- Report Local Fly-tipping to North Lanarkshire Council
- Keep our villages looking the best they can be
- Apply for funding for equipment and supplies
- Organise weekend activities - such as nature identification walks and walking our rights of way
- Investigate which locally significant trees have TPO's in place and gain protection for those that do not
- Photograph the areas under threat from development to keep a historical record of the area
- Investigate sources of funding available to improve local environment
- Investigate sources of available community training
- preserve, record and encourage wildlife habitats
Midweek Events- Community Wildflower and Tree Nursery - Supported by the Voluntary Action Fund
- Midweek day time events covering a ruling programme of pathwork, tree planting and aftercare, community growing, garden project, recycling projects, craft days and anything volunteers wish to add. This is a volunteer led project with the aim of creating a supportive environment for everyone to become involved in improving the communities we live in, reducing isolation, providing training and development opportunities, and supporting volunteers who face barriers to community volunteering, for instance due to low incomes, by providing travel expenses, lunch and refreshments and essential items like safety equipment.
Paths and Walking Groups
- Our community surveys indicated that lack of safe walking paths and quality outdoor space in the area, were top of the list in terms of what communities wanted the group to act on, we listened and our paths project is developing nicely.
- Weekly walking group established in Moodiesburn
- Two grants from Paths for All to reopen and signpost community paths
- Engaging with North Lanarkshire Outdoor Access Forum to put the Northern Corridor on their map
- Website and Leaflets
In partnership with the Seven Lochs Partnership and Cumbernauld Living Landscape - this project will create new areas of wildlife habitat and remove invasive non native species from existing habitats. Wildflower meadow sites will be created in several areas and new woodland established.
- Pull together information from historical sources on the area to preserve local heritage and increase knowledge
- Assist local History Groups with their activities
- Create Basis of future History Trail using upcycled signage boards
Working with young people in the Moodiesburn area to bring about community improvement. Designed by the young people through a series of intergenerational events aimed at bringing together the community as a whole and creating resillience and cohesion.
In partnership with Cloudberry Communities CIC and funded by Paths for All - Smarter Choices, Cmarter Places Open Fund - to deliver a one year programme to promote local path networks, encourage use of everyday active travel to reduce increase health and reduce the problems associated with unneccesary traffic.
Pivot Community Centre Growing Space
Supported by a variety of funders with groups of volunteers assisted by the Community Learning and Development team.
- Warburtons - £250 for soil and raised beds
- Scotmid Community fund £230 for seating and planters
- Tkmaxx and Neighbourly £800 for waste collection and re use as upcycled playspaces
- Aviva Community Fund - £250 for upcycling training workshop
- North Lanarkshire Council - £500 Contribution to fence painting and Mural, tools and plants
- Co-op Community Fund £250 for Bug house, tools and general cleaning
- Coalfields Regeneration Trust - £2400 towards plants, beds, entrance way and Community Gardening Sessions
- Impact Funding Partners - £300 Garden co production training and support for volunteer travel and food.
- Greenspace Scotland - £500 Young Placemakers funding for co design workshops involving local youth groups
- Volunteering Matters Action Earth - £250 led workshop, materials and event days
- Moodiesburn Active Travel hub and bike library
- Northern Corridor Community Tool Library
- Chryston Community Garden
- Outdoor Nature Summer Club - for under 8's
- Mother and Toddler outdoor learning sessions - for under 5's
To ensure volunteer safety during the current period of social distancing - we have only been working in groups who belong to a single houshold and have been concentrating on our covid 19 response and neccessary maintainance/watering and grass cutting.
From the 27 May we are able to work socially distanced in the outdoors with one person from the lcoal area who comes fromoutside our household . This will allow us to carry out preparitory work on the Wildflower and Tree Nursery, The Community Tool Library and Community Graden, continue maintainace of existing projects and complete some of the projects which we had to leave unfinished due to lockdown.
When Scotland enters the next phase of lockdown easing (potentially in mid June) We will put together teams of up to five people to work on specific projects to minimise contact within the group and minimise the risk of spreading the virus by not sharing tools and disinfecting between uses where more than one team needs to use them.
Facebook Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NCCVols/