SURF and the Dunoon Area Alliance are pleased to announce Ann Campbell has been appointed to a part time post for two years to support the development of the Dunoon Area Alliance.

Ann Campbell is SURF’s Dunoon Facilitator

Ann, well known in Dunoon for the significant role she played in establishing the Dunoon Burgh Hall, will begin her new Dunoon Facilitator role today. Ann’s post, which is part of a larger Big Lottery funded Scottish initiative, will ensure that Dunoon Area Alliance has significant support as it continues to develop.

Ann will be employed by SURF but will be based in Dunoon’s Milton House, and her work will be directed by the Dunoon Area Alliance.

Derek Rankine, Policy Manager for SURF, said:

“We are delighted to have secured resources for this important new position, and to have recruited someone with Ann’s background, skills and local knowledge. One of SURF’s founding principles is that the people who are the intended beneficiaries of any regeneration effort must be meaningfully involved in the process. SURF looks forward to supporting Ann and the Dunoon Area Alliance over the next two years as they lead on the development of locally identified aspirations for the town and neighbouring areas into practical action.”

Acting Chair of the Dunoon Area Alliance Tom Warren said:

“This is fantastic news for the Dunoon area and will make a real difference to support the voluntary time that local residents, organisations and businesses have made over the past two years. It allows us to begin developing our action plan and making a difference to Dunoon.”

Context

Dunoon is one of five places in SURF’s Alliance for Action programme, which for 2018/19 is supported by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland. The purpose of the Alliance for Action is to strengthen community regeneration outcomes in selected communities with a view to enhancing wider policies and resources in regeneration in the continuing economic context

In late 2016, SURF completed a feasibility study in Dunoon on behalf of Argyll & Bute Council and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.

The outcomes of this study suggested that the local response was highly favourable and that the town would benefit from becoming a new Alliance for Action programme area. Acting on points of interest in the feasibility study process, SURF applied for, and secured, Scottish Government support for a Community Charrette process in Dunoon in the first half of 2017.

A community group has been working over the last year to refine the points in the Charrette Action Plan and to establish a framework for the Charrette outcomes, which are now being used to inform themes and activities for the Dunoon Area Alliance. Further information is available on SURF’s Dunoon Alliance for Action webpage.

SURF is grateful to the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland as funders of the Alliance for Action programme, and to Argyll & Bute Council for their additional support.

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