The One Stop Shop concept
is a national initiative launched in 2000 by the Coal Industry Social
A successful Lottery bid enabled the organisation to employ development
workers to promote the work.
There are around 50 schemes at various stages of development in the UK with
7 in Scotland. The ethos is to create a facility which will be
self-supporting by ensuring long term funding and developing the skills of
those who will manage it.
In this way it will be responsive to change in the long term. Essentially
its role is to create a welcoming place which will provide variety of
community facilities under one roof.
The Coalburn project has been completed in three phases. Phase One was a
£45,000 upgrade of the premises to ensure that they were completely
accessible to people with disabilities, which included a disabled lift and
Phase Two was a £550,000 renovation of the premises to make it suitable for
The final Phase was to access £142,000 of funding to staff the facility over
the next 2/3 years.
What you see today is the result of years of hard work , providing a
facility which the people of Coalburn can be proud of, a facility that will
be a major part in the continuing regeneration of the area.
Before and After Shots.
Official opening of
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society's new Porch with disabled
Official opening of Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society's new
Porch with disabled access, Solar and Photovoltaic Panels. The official
opening ceremony took place on Monday 12th April and was carried out by
Karen Gillon MSP with our local MP, local Councillor and representatives
from our funders in attendance. Funding for the porch was received from
Rural Priorities, Forward Scotland, Rural Communities Trust Fund and
Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust. We also received funding from Community
Energy Scotland and Rural Communities Trust Fund for funding for the
Solar Panels, PV Panels, Cavity Wall Insulation for Coalburn Miners
Welfare Bowling Club and Loft Insulation for Coalburn Miners' Welfare.
Mr William Steele helped us with our funding application to Rural
In the photo from left
to right are: Iona McDonald, Community Energy Scotland, George
Greenshields Project Manager Coalburn One Stop Shop, Karen Gillon MSP,
Councillor Danny Meikle, David Mundell MP, William Steele representing
Rural Priorities, Gail Foster Scottish National Heritage, Michael
Cunningham Forward Scotland
Peter McLeish representing Rural Communities Trust Fund