There’s still time to apply to join the new retained flood team for Alyth (AFT), whose members will serve as trained volunteers in an actual flood working with advice and support from Scottish Flood Forum and funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.
The AFT will be trained to operate independently when required during a flood, similar to Alyth’s Fire Team during a fire. They will collaborate with ACSG, ADT and others on day-to-day issues at other times. All of this will be repeatedly publicised throughout the town so that everyone knows what happens when the water rises. Click on the image below left or download the full details here.
As well as team members, we’re also recruiting for a dedicated Communications Officer, responsible for creating clear messaging for emergency and non-emergency communication with the general public, as well as maintaining up to the minute communication with the flood team and other organisations and groups while a flood is in progress. Click on the image below right or download the full details here.
Youngsters in and around Alyth who are keen to try golf but who might have been put off by the costs involved are being offered a unique opportunity to try their hand, thanks to a grant from our Community Projects Fund.
Strathmore Golf Club’s Junior Section are using the grant to fund 10 Start-Up Scholarships designed to remove all financial barriers for local youngsters (male and female) to be able to access a club membership, borrow equipment to participate in the sport and have appropriate footwear to be able to play.
The Club is offering free taster sessions in partnership with Perth & Kinross Council and the Live Active Leisure Trust. The sessions are open to any children from disadvantaged backgrounds who will enjoy a free two-month membership of Strathmore Club, after which 10 promising youngsters will be awarded Strathmore Start-Up Scholarship comprising 12 months’ free junior membership, loan of a set of clubs including balls, tees etc plus golf shoes.
Iain Butchart, convenor of Strathmore’s junior section, commented: “The grant from ADT will allow juniors (male or female) from areas of social deprivation in our local community to be able to play golf free of charge, who might not normally be able to access sport or physical activity due to a lack of opportunity, finance or transport. Our programme will remove these barriers, making golf more accessible for all and helping to remove inequality in our local community.
“We’re working in partnership with Live Active Leisure, Alyth Youth Partnership, Perth & Kinross Council Education Department and Scottish Golf to deliver this exciting new initiative, and we’re very grateful to ADT for the grant that will make it possible.”
Alyth Ladies Wellbeing Group are set to continue their great work supporting the mental health of women in Alyth and the surrounding area thanks to a grant from ADT’s Community Projects Fund.
The grant of £2000 will go towards running expenses – hire of premises and cost of materials, equipment and tuition for activities such as arts and crafts, fitness, yoga and educational materials for discussions on mental health and wellbeing. The Group has survived on very little funding since it was founded online 15 months ago during the height of the covid lockdowns, but its future beyond this summer looked very uncertain without some additional resource. The demand for such a group was well-known already and confirmed in a survey by Alyth Community Support Group last year. Since the Ladies Wellbeing Group started face-to-face meetings last autumn, the number of regular attendees has grown steadily with new members enquiring all the time.
The Group is run by two volunteers, Pauline Sanyang and Dot McKenzie, both of whom are mental health first aiders. Pauline, who is also a qualified Counsellor, commented: “Our aim is to support the mental health and wellbeing of the ladies of Alyth and give them a safe, supportive environment where they can come to speak to others about their experiences or just to have a coffee and a chat. The stigma of mental ill-health is a big barrier to people seeking help and COVID has really impacted the lives and health of everyone. Our hope is that this group can go some way to giving confidence back to women in and around Alyth, help them make connections with other people and try to get back some sort of normality to their lives.”
The minutes of our board of directors’ meeting on 2 May are now available to read here. See what we’re currently up to, and if you’d like to join our next board meeting scheduled for 6 June, drop us a line and we’ll send you the Zoom login details.
The minutes of our board of directors’ meeting on 4 April are now available to read here. See what we’re currently up to, and if you’d like to join our next board meeting scheduled for 2 May, drop us a line and we’ll send you the Zoom login details.
Alyth could soon be profiting from the nearby Welton of Creuchies Windfarm, via the 15% stake held by the Airlie Street Hall Development Trust (ASHDT).
ASDHT – established in 2017 as a community benefit fund under the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy – is holding a public consultation to help decide how best to use the new income from the windfarm. Based on what the community of Alyth says during the consultation, ASHDT will manage and invest the income from its stake in the windfarm to help the community realise its ambitions.
ASHDT has asked Scene, an Edinburgh-based community energy consultancy, to carry out the consultation, and two events have been organised in April so that local people can make their voices heard and raise issues and priorities that the investment plan could tackle.
Both events are scheduled for 22 April, starting with a drop-in session from 2pm to 6pm, followed by a community investment planning workshop from 7pm till 8pm. Both events will be in the Airlie Street Hall. There will also be an online community feedback meeting later on a date to be confirmed.
As well as the events, ASHDT and Scene have also set up an online survey here: https://bit.ly/3wGD5kb where you can contribute your ideas and sign up to be kept informed.
The minutes of our board of directors’ meeting on 7 March are now available to read here. See what we’re currently up to, and if you’d like to join our next board meeting on 4 April, drop us a line and we’ll send you the Zoom login details.
ADT has secured almost £10,000 from the National Lottery’s “Together for Our Planet” Fund to help Alyth defend against future floods.
The money will be used to help set up a permanent Flood Resilience Team organised on a voluntary ‘retained’ basis, similar to the retained emergency teams operated by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in many small towns and villages including Alyth.
We already have a volunteer flood response team with a coordinator in place, working through the Alyth Community Support Group, which has proved its worth several times over the years. The team will continue to work as volunteers as in the past, and the new funding will pay for drills and mandatory training in partnership with the Scottish Flood Forum. This will gave Alyth a strengthened and properly constituted independent flood team that recruits locally.
As anyone living in Alyth knows only too well, flooding is a very serious issue – the town has endured three major floods, each supposedly a “once-in-100-years” event, in the last four years alone, with some catastrophic results.
A lot of work has already been done on tackling flooding, by ADT and ACSG alongside the Scottish Flood Forum, Perth & Kinross Council, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and other organisations. The new funding will allow much more to be done, much more quickly. This is very much a pilot project for all of Scotland, and ADT/ACSG plan to bring together all interested parties this month to discuss and develop a detailed strategy.
The Community Action Plan launch event that had to be cancelled in December due to covid restrictions is now firmly back on the schedule for Saturday 26 March. Join the team for tea and cakes between 2pm and 4pm in the Airlie Street Hall to find out more about what the Plan proposes, and especially to see how you could get involved and turn it into reality! There’s lots of detail and ideas to explore on the new dedicated CAP website at https://alyth.online/cap/
Save the date in your diaries now, and we look forward to seeing you on 26 March!
Our Community Projects Fund is open for applications again! Visit http://lovealyth.org.uk/…/alyth-community-projects-fund/ for more information and the online application form (you can also download and print out a paper form if you prefer). The CPF distributes community benefit funds from Temporis Ltd, who operate the Tullymurdoch Windfarm northwest of Alyth. We allocate some of the money for strategic investments in the town, and some to community projects proposed by groups in the town. Up to £2000 per project is available, and you can now apply throughout the year. An independent panel will judge applications in April, July, October and January each year, so have a look at the CPF page and get your application in soon! There’s also info on previous projects that the CPF has funded.