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Renton Community Development Trust

Area of Operation:

Renton, West Dumbartonshire
Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Number of Staff:

How We Started

The Renton Community Development Trust (the Trust) was established in 2004 to further develop the regeneration progress already being made in the village of Renton and to look at ways of developing the skills that exist in the community to ensure its long-term sustainability and viability. The Trust is the result of an independent survey, commissioned by Cordale Housing Association to look at issues which villagers felt still needed to be tackled. This survey showed that we had brilliant delivery mechanisms through both Cordale housing and the Carman Centre but that there were concerns about drugs and alcohol abuse The one element which it was felt was missing was a means of sustaining what we had achieved and the ability to keep people interested, thus the Trust was established

What We Do

The Trust is responsible for looking at ways of getting more people involved We want to move away from grant dependency and encourage enterprise and community involvement within the village. The Trust’s role is to do things “with” people to find solutions rather than doing things “for” people One of the Trust’s main priorities is to identify local people who can take our solutions forward.

Our Assets

  • Our People
  • John Connolly Centre

Our Future Plans

Renton has recently gone through some major changes, the local housing association which formerly had a very close relationship with RCDT has been taken over by a much larger housing association with directors and board members replaced, it remains to be seen how valuable this relationship is to RCDT or the people of Renton in the future.

RCDT has agreed to allow one of its subsidiaries Carman Care to become independent of the Trust and we are nearing the completion of the contract with the Scottish Government to deliver an anti-sectarian project in West Dunbartonshire, although it is hoped that this will continue into 2016.

The John Connolly Centre is a traditional community centre with high flat roofs and poor insulation it is anticipated that the centre will either have a massive make over which will see new heating, insulation and window replaced in the short term with a long-term plan to provide electricity to the building via a hydro-scheme or our preferred option is to raise the building to the ground and build a purpose built centre which will be fit for the people of Renton and its surrounding areas long into the future.

Currently RCDT work with over 30 dedicated volunteers, who run a boxing club, AA group, Historical society, bingo evenings, fundraising evenings and a radio club within these volunteers lies a level of experience and knowledge that cannot be overestimated. 

RCDT has had to make changes to ensure that its future is secured

Contact Details

Jim Bollan
Board Member

01389 603572
jim [dot] bollan1 [at] btinternet [dot] com

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Last Updated: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:36