the community conversation
The initial conversation was broad and explored “What do you want in Dalkeith?”, and “How can you help?
One Dalkeith continued the conversation within the community about how a development trust can act as an empowering vehicle for people to bring about change. To create an opportunity for these conversations, One Dalkeith held a series of ‘community cafés’, each with its own theme. These offered an opportunity to get together and meet new people, whilst contributing to the development of a consensus. Over four hundred people took part.
"Imagine Dalkeith" Community Café
Corn Exchange Forum
Litter Pick & Community Café
"Guerilla Gardening" Community Café
"Dark and Deadly Dalkeith" Heritage Tour
Woodburn Woodland Children's Litter Pick
St Andrew's Day Ceilidh
Dalkeith Activities Fair
Arts Taster Community Café
From Conversation to Action – a summary of these conversations:
Five areas of action emerged from these conversations. As a result, One Dalkeith will be running projects in each of these areas:
Some topics were mentioned many times across different contexts:
One Dalkeith is setting out to work collaboratively with others and to facilitate new local connections. This approach was supported and reciprocated in feedback received from local community groups. Group members told One Dalkeith that when groups have a chance to connect there are benefits for the whole community... including community spirit and a sense of belonging.
People said the benefits of community groups connecting are:
Members of the community wanted One Dalkeith to function as a pro-active, innovative and self-empowering community organisation. One Dalkeith will initially seek funding to support projects, which may require employing people, but in the long-term will pursue an enterprise model. This will enable One Dalkeith to be self-sufficient, creating wealth and keeping it in Dalkeith.
One Dalkeith also consulted the ‘Development Trusts Association Scotland’ (DTAS) and ‘Midlothian Voluntary Action’ (MVA) for professional advice, as well as other Midlothian Development Trusts and ‘Neilston Development Trust’ for additional practical advice.