Sustainable skills for Gorebridge group

Pauline Douglas (L) of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust presents Gail Halvorsen with her graduation certificate

Pauline Douglas (L) of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust presents Gail Halvorsen with her graduation certificate

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A local group is facing a more secure future after two of its members graduated with flying colours from the Coalfields Regeneration School.

Gorebridge Development Trust chairperson Gail Halvorsen and business manager Paul Renwick completed a nine-month course, which the Coalfields Regeneration Trust commissioned Tracey Muirhead of the School for Social Entrepreneurs Scotland to deliver.

The course covered a wide range of skills including fundraising, governance and social media, all focused on helping community organisations ensure their enterprises remain sustainable.

Gorebridge Development Trust is developing a £2 million multi-purpose community hub which is fast taking shape in the centre of the town, with the winners of a competition to name the new building soon to be announced.

The trust’s chairperson Gail Halvorsen said: “The course was very effective in helping us focus on the bigger picture and we particularly valued the input of our mentor Kevin McLeod.

“We are further ahead with our project than most of the other delegates, so we were often able to help them learn from our experiences, but we also learned a lot from them.

“All in all it was extremely worthwhile.”

Gorebridge Development Trust has already benefited from its involvement in the local Coalfields Community Futures programme, including a £5,000 award to develop and display a local history archive in the town.