Hello to Kara!

Kara

We would like to welcome Kara Millen to Moniaive Initiative.  Kara has joined us on a six-month, Big Lottery-funded post as our Community Shop and Hub Development Officer, and will be working entirely on developing this project over the coming weeks.  She has a background in sustainable architecture education and environmental consultancy, and is a strong supporter of a collaborative, inclusive approach as a means for growing and maintaining a more sustainable and resilient community.  Kara lives in Moniaive with her family, and is currently Chair of Moniaive Playcare and a member of the Moniaive Folk Festival committee.  She is also involved with Moniaive Primary School’s eco-group, helping them to gain their Green Flag. She is passionate about sustainable living, outdoor learning and upcycling.

Happy New Year!

We start the New Year on an exciting note, as we are currently finalising our application to the Scottish Land Fund for the funds with which to purchase our proposed Community Shop & Hub building.

Unfortunately we still have one issue to resolve before that application can be progressed, and that is the revision of our Constitution.  We attempted to resolve this last September, but at that time were unaware of issues against a previous version of our Constitution, which we need to resolve before we can go any further.

We now therefore need to ask members to vote on the following revisions (shown here in italics):

Constitution Change from a one-tier to a two-tier model
Clause 5 The organisation has power to do anything which is calculated to further its purposes or is conducive or incidental to doing so.   This includes the power to own land/property, to generate income and to employ staff.
Clause 11 Membership is open to any individual aged 16 or over who is a resident of Glencairn as defined by the community council boundary.
Clause 14 The board may, at their discretion, refuse to admit any person to membership where they have reasonable grounds to believe that he/she might, if admitted to membership, act in a manner which would damage the reputation of the organisation, undermine the efficiency of its operations and/or disrupt the proper conduct of its meetings. Membership will not be refused without good cause or explanation, and may not be refused on the basis of gender, age, ethnic background, disability, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation, religious belief, or marital status.
Clause 17 Minimum number of members shall be 20. There is no maximum number of members. The board must keep a register of members, setting out

17.1 for each current member:

17.1.1 his/her full name and address; and

17.1.2 the date on which he/she was registered as a member of the organisation;

17.2 for each former member – for at least six years from the date on which he/she ceased to be a member:

17.2.1 his/her name; and

17.2.2 the date on which he/she ceased to be a member.

A full draft of the proposed, revised Constitution is available to view here, should you wish to review these proposed amends in context:

Moniaive Initiative Constitution_Jan2018

MEMBERS will be contacted by letter / email in the next few days and asked to vote (to either accept or reject the revisions).  Please do take the time to vote, as we are unable to progress our projects until this issue is resolved.

Thank you.

 

Make Room for Pedestrians!

High Street pedestrians

This week we launch the first report of our Lower Speed Communities project.  Entitled ‘Make Room for Pedestrians’, the report outlines the results of our recent Community Street Audits.    Those audits look at three main areas of Moniaive, already identified as ‘hotspots’ by previous engagement with local residents, and consider a range of actions that could be undertaken to alleviate issues in those areas.

 Report 1_Making Room for Pedestrians_Nov17

Please take a look at our report and let us know what you think.  Some of the potential actions outlined might be short-term or temporary interventions that we could try for ourselves as a community. Others would require wider public consultation and local authority consents.  Which do you think are worth trying?

You can provide feedback by sending us an email, by posting on our Facebook page, or by leaving comments here on our Website or in our box in Watsons Shop.

Moniaive Initiative is Recruiting

We are recruiting a new Project Officer to lead the delivery of our proposed Community Shop & Hub.

  • Fixed Term (26 weeks)
  • 21 hours per week
  • £9 per hour
  • Home based and in Moniaive

The successful candidate will have relevant experience in capital project management, fundraising and community consultation.  The project will have a focus on sustainability, alleviating rural disadvantage, and encouraging voluntary participation.

You can read the full JOB DESCRIPTION and JOB SPECIFICATION here:

Job specification MI Community Hub Project Worker Sep 2017

Please email your CV and a covering letter to deb.moniaiveinitiative@gmail.com by 08/12/17.

 

 

Macara Park Update

P1190658

Work is progressing on site, despite the miserable weather and waterlogged conditions.  Both the toddler equipment and the Aerial Runway are now safely concreted in place.  Over the next couple of days the wet-pour safety surfacing will be installed around the toddler equipment.

There are stacked bags of woodchip now standing inside the Ayr Street gates.  Please stay away from them: they are very heavy!  This is the loose-fill safety surfacing to go under the Aerial Runway: our contractors will not be able to move it to where it is needed until the ground conditions improve.  The seat will not be installed on the Aerial Runway until this safety surfacing is in place.

All the new equipment will be subject to a safety inspection before it is ready for use, so please remind children to keep away until we say that it is safe to use it.

Thanks for your patience!

 

 

 

Work has started on our Macara Park Playground Improvements

P1190639

Work started on site on Tuesday 14 November 2017, when our contractors arrived on site and started setting up.  They will be on site daily over the next two weeks, and will be stowing as much equipment as possible in their site container when not working.  Can all parents / carers please remind their children to stay away from the construction area and all machinery / equipment / fenced off areas.  We will endeavour to keep access to the play area clear so that children can still use the other equipment as much as is practicable.  But we ask that you vacate the area if asked to do so by the contractors for Health and Safety reasons.  We anticipate that works will be complete by Friday 24th November (weather permitting!) but there may be some ground reinstatement to complete after this date.  Re-seeding of damaged grass will be held over until the Spring.

Goodbye Olwen!

Olwen

This month we wave a sad farewell to our Lead Project Officer, Olwen Staples. She has worked part-time for Moniaive Initiative since 2013, establishing our Scottish Incorporated Charity status, and setting up all the administrative and financial mechanisms required to operate a successful community charity. Her research into High Street Regeneration and community-owned affordable housing options has shaped our current direction, and laid the foundations for many of the projects we are currently progressing. The Trustees, staff and members of Moniaive Initiative would like to thank Olwen for all her hard work, and wish her all the very best for the future. In the meantime, it will be business as usual at Moniaive Initiative, as Deborah Iden continues to progress our full portfolio of projects.