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Local Covid-19 Response
£88,000 to help local groups support the community in the pandemic

Dunbar and district has a strong tradition of local groups working together to look after people in need of help and support. This has enabled groups to respond quickly to the coronavirus situation by extending and adapting their services to try to ensure that people get the help they need.

Sustaining Dunbar has been able to help by accessing funding to support this vital work. Using our experience and role as a Community Development trust, we have been able to work on behalf of the local Covid-19 Response Groups to raise funds for the following groups and projects:


The Ridge - £26,765 towards: coordinating community groups & volunteers across Dunbar/West Barns; providing counselling; supplying fresh vegetables to Dunbar Basics Bank.
Dunbar Basics Bank - £24,051 toward expansion of the food bank service and provision of delivery service.
Dunbar/West Barns/Dunpender/East Lammermuir Community Councils - £12,000 for a joint hardship fund for residents of local area (Ward 6). (Details of the fund and how to apply will be posted on the Dunbar Community Council website soon.)
Community Carrot t/a Crunchy Carrot - £6,600 towards food delivery to elderly and self isolating.
St Annes Episcopal Church Dunbar - £5,130 towards: a debt advice service; community events, support and local news.
Parish of Dunglass (Church of Scotland) - £4,330 towards working with East Lammermuir Community Council, Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council and Innerwick Parish Welfare Association to coordinate volunteeers, provide and deliver emergency supplies in Dunglass and area.
Lynton Day Centre - £2,145 towards delivery of home cooked meals to elderly clients and elderly volunteers while the centre is closed.
Dunbar and West Barns Community Councils - £1,000 towards personal protective equipment and supplies for community volunteers.
Sunny Soups - £993 towards free soup from surplus food to foodbank users and others

Sustaining Dunbar has raised a further £5,000 contingency to support community groups responding to the challenges of the pandemic. For further information about applying for support, please contact Osbert Lancaster, 
osbert@sustainingdunbar.org.

This funding has been provided by the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund which is administered by the Development Trust Association Scotland.
NEW WEBINAR SERIES
Monday 27th April -Gardener’s Online Questions Time: 7-8pm on Zoom

 
Struggling with your seedlings, toiling with your tatties? Puzzling over how to turn that wee bit of grass into your new veg patch?
 
Join Dunbar’s gardening experts Naomi and Graham for the first Sustaining Dunbar 'Gardener’s Questions Time'!
With sowing season underway, the gardeners from Belhaven Community Garden have some (at least) of the answers for novice gardeners wanting to start growing their own fruit and veg in the lockdown - and may even have some helpful hints for houseplant parents. 
 
Send in your questions ahead of time and then hop on Zoom, 7pm - 8pm on Monday 27th April. Email your questions to: philip@sustainingdunbar.org 
Join the Zoom meeting here: SD GQT

 
Wednesday 6th May -Spruce Up Your Website
11am on Zoom

Get the most out of your website using Sustaining Dunbar's OurLocality Wordpress website platform. 
With website builder and all round marketing and project management whizz Philip Immirzi
With many of us working from home and most of us spending more time online, now’s the time to get your website in good shape. 
Send in your questions ahead of time and then hop on Zoom, 11am Wed 6th May. Email your questions to: ourlocality@sustainingdunbar.org
Join the Zoom meeting here: Spruce up your Website

OurLocality is the easy to use, affordable, ad-free, locally based hosting platform for individuals, groups and businesses to establish a web presence rapidly and cost effectively - no matter how small your project.
Since 2013, we’ve supported and guided close to 100 local projects in creating their own websites. https://ourlocality.org/
An experience of joy and wonder
 Sunday 3rd May is International Dawn Chorus Day. A group of us were very excited by the idea of heading off to the woods with bikes and children and picnic breakfasts to celebrate this wonder of the natural world. But then along came Covid-19 to stop us in our tracks. A group expedition is no longer possible but we can still capture and share the experience.
 
We would love to make a collage of your experiences to share, and create a positive memory of this strange and challenging time. Using your mobile phone is the easiest way to catch the sounds and settings. You could record your thoughts and feelings too, draw or write about your impressions. We will edit and collate your contributions to be shared on the Sustaining Dunbar website.

The Early Bird Overture will begin around 4.15am with the blackbirds who will be joined over the next hour or so by robins, wrens, chaffinches, tits and goldfinches. If you’re lucky you could hear all this from the comfort of your bed but the full wonder of a spring morning awaits if you head off outside for your daily exercise.

 So set your alarm, get up with the larks, sing with the birds and share/send us your impressions of an experience that you will never forget. Email to:
board@sustainingdunbar.org

 Fixing for a Future

The Fixing for a Future project has been developed by East Linton Melting Pot, supported by Sustaining Dunbar. The project has recently secured two year’s of funding from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and a part-time project officer, Rosie Harrison, has now been appointed. 

Obviously, the current Covid-19 lockdown will affect how rapidly the project is able to get going  -although we hope that this current crisis may also help to stimulate even more interest in learning skills in repairing and fixing things and an ethos of reducing consumption and waste. The intention is to establish regular Repair Cafés in East Linton, joining more than 1,500 other Repair Cafés worldwide, plus a series of workshops teaching skills in things like joinery, clothes repair, bike maintenance and fixing phones and laptops. Another strand to the project is to provide training for facilitators of Carbon and Future Conversations with small groups, intended to raise awareness of action we can all take to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels whilst starting a dialogue about the sort of future we want to bring into being. 

To find out more about the project and to get involved, contact Rosie: rosie@sustainingdunbar.org

Dunbar Community Council is coordinating local people to help support others, when and if needed. This Facebook page has been set up to coordinate efforts: 

Dunbar & District Coronavirus Community Helpers Facebook Group
East Lothian Council have set up this page with information on local services during this crisis:
Coronavirus/COVID-19

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