Happy New Year from everyone at Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust...
Welcome to our latest eNews! You can read previous issues here.

Friend Focus!

Our first Friend Focus of 2013 is The Whiteinch Centre - read more here...

Our Vision

DRCET has a vision of vibrant, thriving and resilient communities where people are inspired and empowered to get active, get involved and make a difference for their communities, future generations and the planet!

Our Mission

DRCET exists to protect and enhance the local environment and to increase the wellbeing and resilience of local people and communities

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You can support the work we do by donating money to us. You can donate up to £10 by text - all you need to do is text DRCT01 £5 (or £1, £2, £3, £4 or £10) to 70070. Thank you for your support.

Join us!

DRCET is a membership organisation. You can join us by completing our online membership form. Membership costs £1!

Legal Status

Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust is a recognised Scottish Charity (Charity No SC035954) and a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No SC273114). Registered office as shown below.


DRCET gratefully acknowledges the support of all our funders.


Happy New Year and welcome to our first Your Community, Your Planet of 2013! Hopefully you had a great festive break and you are raring to get active, get involved and make an even bigger difference this year!

Our projects and services...

Volunteering opportunities: we will shortly be launching a volunteer recruitment drive so if your New Year's resolution was to volunteer then get in touch. We will be on the look out for an administrator, volunteers to help with our social media and marketing as well as lots of people for our Community Green Team - watch this space for more info or get in touch if you want to find out more!

Integrated Grants Fund award: funding success we are delighted to announce we have been awarded 2 years funding by the West Community Planning Partnership from the Council's Integrated Grants Fund. The past 2 years have seen DRCET go through a period of transition but this support will provide us with the opportunity and stability to move forward and continue our towards our vision and mission. Onwards and upwards!

De'ils On Wheels update: our bike workshop has been closed for quite a few months now but we are working hard to secure the resources to get the space back open. So we are now accepting donations of unwanted bikes so if you have any then please donate them to us - just drop us an email or give us a call. We can also arrange uplift if needed!

Clean Up Scotland: a new campaign was recently launched to Clean Up Scotland - we are fully supportive of the campaign and if you would like to organise a clean up in your community then please get in touch.

Community Empowerment and Renewal Bill: the Scottish Government has recently published the 447 responses to the CERB consultation that ran back in the Autumn. The Community Development Alliance Scotland has produced a useful summary of things so far.

Glasgow West Community Map: our Community Map is now live and the response since the launch has been great. There are now over 150 sites posted on the map and we are keen to work with more local partners to further develop the map.

Climate Week 2013: this event will take place from 4-10 March 2013 - so get your thinking caps on as to what you can do as part of this week. We will be back in touch with details of our events! In the meantime check out the website for ways you can get involved!

Other news...

George Square re-development: the Council have announced the 6 designs for George Square - check them out here. Check out Restore George Square's ideas and their plans for a demo to delay the re-development on Sat 2 Feb! There is also a petition to restore the grass to George Square, which nearly 3,000 people have already signed.

Parliament Talks Energy Bills: Are you struggling with energy bill costs? Do you need information on how to reduce your bills and make your home more energy efficient? This is an opportunity to give your views to John Robertson, MP for Glasgow North West, and other members of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee

Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation: The latest SIMD, which measures seven different aspects of deprivation – Employment, Income, Health, Education, Access to Services, Crime and Housing, have been published and there is a dedicated website to provide users with a single point of access to the publication and resources including interactive mapping to visualise the results.

Towards Transition Glasgow: the latest update about Transition is available here

Food waste: the very nice people at The Fife Diet have written a great blog about the issue of food waste and the role of the supermarkets.

Greener Leith: our friends over at Greener Leith and other community organisations have joined forces with active travel campaign groups to demand that the Edinburgh City Council rethink its proposals for a multi-million pound facelift of Leith Walk and Constitution Street. This is a really interesting development and one which we can learn from for Dumbarton Road and surrounding areas.

Whiteinch Foodbank: this is a new initiative from The Whiteinch Church which aims to reach those most in need in the local community and surrounding areas. It was also recently featured on STV Local Donations welcome.

Useful websites...
1) Year of Natural Scotland - the website for everything about this years themed year!
2) Scotstoun Woodcraft Folk - site for all the goings on of the Scotstoun Woodcraft folk
3) Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation - a dedicated portal to everything about the SIMD
We have added all the useful website links to our blog!

And finally...
We wish you all the best for 2013 and all the adventures that it brings!

We hope you have enjoyed this issue of our newsletter. Please feel free to forward to friends and colleagues. We would also love to hear any suggestions and feedback that you may have.

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