We’ve pulled together five inspiring stories from the Stalled Spaces Scotland Project to show how small projects make a big impact on local communities across the country.
Off Grid Kids was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by East Renfrewshire Council to deliver a series of taster sessions at their site, a small area of woodland in Clarkston. These sessions enabled children to try some of the activities the organisation offers as after school provision to four primary schools and forest school clubs.
Milngavie Community Council was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by East Dunbartonshire Council to work with volunteers on the restoration of a natural playscape. The area is at the back of Milngavie Library and Community Education Centre and dates from the 1970s.
Forfar in Flower was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by Angus Council to install a series of planters on a vacant, former industrial site. A group from Forfar identified and took on neglected areas within the town, and worked in partnership with local people and businesses to transform the vacant areas.
Oban Communities Trust was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by Argyll & Bute Council to create a temporary garden and seating in the centre of the town. This project was linked to a larger campaign to open a community venue in Oban known as The Rockfield Centre.
Renfrew Development Trust was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by Renfrewshire Council to deliver a multi-generational engagement project, working with local students and older residents to produce a public exhibition on the history of the town to be displayed on the side of an unused building.
What is Stalled Spaces Scotland?
Stalled Spaces Scotland is a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and managed by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use. We are looking for great ideas that benefit local people and enhance town centres.
Join us for a free one-day learning event to explore how communities have used vacant spaces to transform their places. Learn how these projects support town centre regeneration and find out more about the future policy direction. Hear from local authorities, Scottish Government, community groups and others on the impact of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project and how it supports community empowerment.