The Coalburn Miners' Charitable Society has been at the heart of the local community for many years, with many of the town's population registered as members. We aim to improve the facilities and services available to this former mining community by working in partnership with others to achieve common goals. Given that the voluntary sector in this area generally lacks resources and the support infrastructure due to funding constraints, the Charitable Society has an important role to play in providing resources and leadership to the community and voluntary sector locally.
The Objectives of the Coalburn Miners' Charitable Society is to provide facilities for such forms of recreation and other leisure time occupation as are conducive to the improvement of the conditions of living of the inhabitants of Coalburn and neighbourhood thereof within the Society's sphere of operations as defined from time to time and in particular (but not exclusively) such of the inhabitants as are members of the Mining Community provided that nothing herein contained shall authorise the application of the property to purposes which are not in law charitable. The Society will not be identified with any party or sect.
 MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO THE WHOLE COMMUNITY


Funding Awards to Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society/One Stop Shop 
 


People's Health Trust using money raised by Health Engage through The Health Lottery.

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Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society has been awarded £1800 from the People's Health Trust using money raised by Health Engage through The Health Lottery to replace the existing public access computers with new ones.  The public access computers are used on a daily basis by members of the local community and the current ones are over six years old and not fit for purpose.  This will make a huge difference to the community who will be able to access information much quicker and as this is an isolated rural community with high levels of unemployment not everyone is in a position to have a home computer.  This will allow those members of the community to keep up to date with the current technology and be able to access jobs and do form filling online. Due to the new welfare reform bill all welfare forms now need to be filled online and most job application are also filled out online.  It is hoped that the new computers will be available to the public by the end of July 2015 once final confirmation to go ahead with installation has been received from thePeople's Health Trust using money raised by Health Engage through The Health Lottery. 


Biomass Boiler


Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society has been awarded £10,733 from South Lanarkshire Renewable Energy Fund towards the cost of installing a Biomass Boiler.  The total cost of the project will be approximately £90,000 and other funding streams are being sourced to cover some of the remaining costs.  The Installation of a Biomass Boiler is to replace oil boilers in the main building and the bowling club in order to reduce escalating energy costs and improve the carbon footprint.  Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society got an energy report and audit carried out. 
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society continues to look at ways to reduce running costs and become more energy efficient.  Over the past few years we have installed PV & Solar Panels, Air to Air Heat Source Pumps, and installed new LED lighting throughout the building. By installing a Biomass Boiler this should reduce energy cost significantly.  This reduction will help to sustain the building long term.
In Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society the current oil fired system is old and inefficient leading to cold spots and poor overall room temperatures particularly during inclement weather.  The current system has been well used but is now in need of replacement.  Our near neighbour Coalburn Bowling Club is in a similar situation with an old inefficient oil fired boiler.  To improve the heating and at the same time support our environmental drive to improve the carbon footprint of our building we now wish to remedy this and fit a biomass boiler to provide for both buildings.  This supports our green initiative for our Community Centre and One Stop Shop.  Included in this will be the provision to supply heating to the local bowling club adjacent to our building.  Both sites currently use oil fired heating and as such it is environmentally unfriendly and expensive to operate.  We are in an area that does not have any gas supply therefore our options are limited and our costs greater.
 
The boiler will provide hot water for heating in an environmentally friendly way supporting our wider works improving our facility.  The fitting of the boiler is a step in our wider improvements to the building which was originally built in 1925 and operated for the benefit of the community ever since then.  It is one of the few Miners' Welfares left still operating under its original mandate " The Social Betterment of Mining Districts".  We have over the last few years greatly improved our building by installing better insulation, double glazing, solar panels, PV panels, LED lighting in all areas and loft insulation to better protect the building.  The boiler will provide economic environmentally sustainable heating for both of our organisations helping us to not only better support our community but to also show them an example of how green energy can be efficient and economic to use.  It will make us as an organisation better able to support our community as less of our funds will be used for heating.   
Funding Awards to Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society/One Stop Shop

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society/ One Stop Shop was awarded £9,733 from Awards for All in December 2013 towards installation of Low Energy LED lighting throughout the building.  Match funding for £1,710 was awarded in October 2013 from the Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust for installation costs towards the project.  Work should begin late January or early February 2014.  The project meets the Awards for All outcome of 'People have better and more sustainable services and environments'.  By installing low energy LED lighting this will make a saving of over £2,000 per annum.


Coalburn Miner's Welfare Caritable Society was sucsessful in securing funding for the following two projects:

Repair to outside fabric of building:

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Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society secured funding to repair the outside fabric to the building from the following funders:
£20,000 from Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust
£20,000 from South Lanarkshire Rural Communities Trust Fund
£27,545 from SLRP LEADER programme

Upgrade to Play Park 

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Coalburn Miner's Welfare Charitable Society secured funding to upgrade the play park from the following funders:

Land Trust £28,000
South Lanarkshire Rural Communities Trust Fund £22,000

Both project were completed in times for the local gala day held on Saturday the 6th July 2013


Community Jobs Funds

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society/One Stop Shop were fortunate to secure two new part time positions through the Community Jobs Fund. Jennifer White from Lesmahagow has been employed as an admin/community shop assistant and Shennel Reid from Blackwood has been employed as a recycling operative/community shop assistant. Both started their new position on Monday 15th October and will be employed for six months through this scheme.  During their six months of employment internal and external training will be provided to enable them to be better placed to secure long term employment once their time with charity is finished.  Both also have access to a computer to help them source long term jobs.

The Rural Communities Trust Fund

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received £9,412 funding from The Rural Communities Trust Fund to deliver a number of activities and courses in the One Stop Shop including computer courses, flower arranging courses, ready steady cooking courses and active kids courses.  The first round of computer courses started in the One Stop Shop on Wednesday 15th April and finished on Wednesday 4th July for the summer break.  The next session is due to start back on Wednesday 1st August and will run for eight weeks.  There are two course on each week with an advanced course on in the morning and a beginners course in the afternoon, each lasting two hours.  Both are very well attended with the maximum 12 signed up for each course. A certificate is presented after each module and all course are delivered by a fully qualified tutor.  Demand for these courses is high and we still have people interested in attending on our waiting list.

 

 

 

Funding Awards to Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society/One Stop Shop

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society/ One Stop Shop was awarded £9,733 from Awards for All in December 2013 towards installation of Low Energy LED lighting throughout the building. Match funding for £1,710 was awarded in October 2013 from the Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust for installation costs towards the project. Work should begin late January or early February 2014. The project meets the Awards for All outcome of 'People have better and more sustainable services and environments'. By installing low energy LED lighting this will make a saving of over £2,000 per annum.

 

The first flower arranging course started in the One Stop Shop on Wednesday 16th May from 7.00 - 9.00 pm and was delivered over a six week period.  This was very popular and ten attended each week.  Another course is scheduled to begin sometime in November.
Ready Steady Cooking courses are scheduled to start in the One Stop Shop on a Thursday afternoon from 1st August from 3.15 - 4.45 pm.  These courses are aimed at school age children and the first four week session will be for primary 3 & 4 age children and the next four week session will be for primary 5 - primary 7 age children.  Qualified tutors and volunteers from Healthy Valleys will deliver these courses.  As demand is high booking is essential to secure a place as numbers are limited.
An Active Kids course is scheduled to begin sometime in October on a Friday from 3.15 - 5.15 pm with the first hourly session for younger school age children and the second hourly session for older children.  These will be delivered in partnership with Healthy Valleys and will run for eight weeks.


Rural Communties Trust Fund

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received funding from South Lanarkshire Rural Communities Trust Fund to deliver a variety of courses and activities within the One Stop Shop including Computer Courses, Flower Arranging, Ready Steady Cooking and Active Kids.  These courses will be delivered throughout 2012 and early 2013.  For dates and information on the courses and activities please contact Helen or Gearge at the One Stop Shop on 01555 820060.

Post Office Diversification Fund 
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society was informed on Friday 16th September that the funding application submitted to the Post Office Diversification Fund had been approved and that they had been awarded the maximum amount of £25,000.  This funding will be used towards:  Renewing flooring in the One Stop Shop area; painting the One Stop Shop area; purchase new kitchen equipment; purchase new table and chairs for cafe area; purchase new Tambour units for Post Office area; replace existing CCTV and upgrade to a newer technology; upgrade existing telephone system that is currently over seven years old; purchase a new colour photocopier to allow members of the community to access photocopying and  to purchase 3 Rug Doctors to hire out to the community.  Further funding is required to do all of the work required and a further funding application has been submitted to the Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust for the balance.
 
Rural Communities Trust Fund 
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society received funding from Rural Communities Trust Fund to knock down and rebuild the retaining wall at the back of the cafe door located in the One Stop Shop.  The existing retaining wall was very old and was in much need of repair as it was beginning to bulge with the weight of the soil.  Water was also penetrating the Jim Hamilton Heritage Society room located in the One Stop Shop.  It was essential that this was completed before work commenced from funding received from the Post Office Diversification Fund.  Work on the wall and new drainage was completed by the end of August 2011.
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Coalfields Regeneration Trust 
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society received funding from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust to deliver a number of course and activities within the One Stop Shop.  Three computer courses, 2 'Active Kids' classes, 2 'Ready Steady Cooking' classes and two Flower Arranging courses will be delivered with the funding.  The first computer course was completed on Wednesday 31st August 2011 and the second course started on Wednesday 29th September. Each course has a morning session and an afternoon session with 12 people attending each session.  Another course is scheduled to start mid January 2012.  A certificate is presented to all taking part at the end of each course. 
Healthy Valleys
 
 With funding received from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust an 'Active Kids' course delivered by Healthy Valleys started in the One Stop Shop on Wednesday 27th October.  There are two course each for different age groups and these will be delivered over an eight week period.  healthy Valleys are also going to deliver the first 'Ready Steady Cooking' class which will start on Thursday 10th November for P6 & P7 School children and will last for four weeks.  Another course for P4 & P5 School children will be delivered in January 2012 and will run for four weeks.
Funding for New Lift in Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society

Main funding for the Jim Brodie Lift was administered by Future Balance on behalf of Viridor Credit Scotland.  The remainder required was provided by The Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust Coalburn Miners’ Welfare Charitable Society would like to thank Michael Cunningham, Finance Manager of Future Balance for all his help in securing funding for the Jim Brodie Lift The official opening ceremony was performed by Mrs Agnes Brodie on Tuesday 13September and was attended by Michael Cunningham of Future Balance, representing Viridor Credit Scotland, Peter McLeish on behalf of The Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust, Councillor Danny Meikle, Councillor Archie Manson, George Greenshields and Jim Hamilton on behalf of Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society. Mrs Brodie was presented with flowers from Helen Donnelly on behalf of the Committee of the One Stop Shop.  The previous lift was over eight years old and was constantly breaking down and the installation of the new lift has made users to the Centre feel more secure.
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Funding for Car Park at Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society

Main funding for the Car Park was administered by Stephen Rees from Land Trust representing Paterson Quarries Coalburn Miners Welfare funded the small remainder required to complete the project Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society would like to thank Mel Miller, Funding Officer from South Lanarkshire Council for his guidance and assistance Groups and visitors to the Centre have said that this has made a huge difference and is an improvement from the previous gravel one and has improved the outlook of the premises and village. Official Opening took place on Tuesday 13 September and was attended by Mr Stephen Rees representing Land Trust and Paterson Quarries, Councillor Danny Meikle, Councillor Archie Manson, Peter McLeish, George Greenshields and Jim Hamilton representing Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society.
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South Lanarkshire LEADER programme in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council


Coalburn Miners Welfare received £4,859.25 towards the purchase of 12 new laptops. This was received from South Lanarkshire LEADER programme in partnership with South Lanarkshire CouncilWe were also successful in securing a grant from Coalfield Regeneration Trust to deliver computer courses, flower arranging and other activities within the One Stop Shop. We aim to start the first computer course sometime in June.

Forward Scotland and Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust pound

£13,437 was awarded to Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society from Forward Scotland towards the cost of a new lift. An application was submitted to the Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust for the balance required which was £5,822.70 and this was approved at their meeting on Wednesday 6th March. The lift has now been ordered and is getting manufactured. Estimated time is 3 months so we are hopeful this will be installed by the beginning of July in time for the local Gala Day. This is a much needed improvement and should make access much easier for all users of the Centre as the current lift is over 8 years old.

Land Trust

Land trust contributed £20,000 to Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society towards the upgrade of the car park at the front of the building. Work commenced on Monday 28th March and was completed in time for the opening of the new season at Coalburn Miners Welfare Bowling Club. This has made a tremendous difference to the outlook of the premises and has made parking much easier and safer. Coalburn Miners Welfare Charity Social contributed the remaining 10% which was £2,000 the total cost of the project £22,000 plus VAT
Refurbishment

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received funding from Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust to refurbish the main hall upstairs. This was to decorate the hall, replace stage curtains, and do some electrical work and renew cupboards at the front of the stage. The work was completed at the end of January 2011 and has made a huge difference.
The Rural Communities Trust Fund meeting to discuss funding applications was held on Wednesday 25th August. George had submitted a funding application for £6,174 which was 25% of the cost required for new air conditioning/heating units and loft insulation for the Bowling Club. We were successful in obtaining the amount required. We are still waiting to hear from Community Energy Scotland if we have been successful for the remaining 75%. George has been in touch with Iona McDonald to let her know of our success to Rural Communities Trust Fund.

Funding for Coalburn Miners' Welfare Bowling Club

Thanks to the SCISWF bowls and bowling shoes were purchased to allow school children from the local primary to take tuition from a qualified teacher. The first session took place on Wednesday 26th May with representatives from the Bowling Club, Coalburn Miners Welfare Social Club and the School in attendance and a photographer from the local newspaper to capture the event. This has proved very popular with the children and two classes will take part every Wednesday during the bowling season. Below are two photos marking the event.
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New Porch with Disabled Access Work on the new porch started in October and it was hoped that this would be competed by the end of December 2009 but due to the adverse weather conditions this was delayed and not completed till the end of January 2010. This was meant to be included in the original grant in 2003 but due to lack of funding this project was delayed. This was made possible by Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society receiving funding from Rural Priorities, Forward Scotland, Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust and Rural Communities Trust.
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Awards For All

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received a grant from Big Lottery 'Awards for All' for £9,290. This is to enable us to deliver the following activities within the One Stop Shop. Computer Classes
Flower Arranging
Salsa Classes
Active Kids Classes
Ready Steady Cook
If anyone is interested in any of the above please contact the One Stop Shop on 01555 820060 or e-mail; helendonnelly@coalburnmw.org.uk

New Funding Award Coalburn Miners

Welfare has been awarded a grant from Community Energy Scotland for £18,995.25 towards the cost of installing Solar Panels, PV Panels, Loft Insulation in Coalburn Miners' Welfare and Cavity Wall Insulation in Coalburn Miners' Bowling Club. This is 75% of the total cost of the project. We have been awarded the balance £6331.75 from Rural Communities Trust. The project also includes an Educational Monitor that will be positioned in the foyer of the One Stop Shop. This will be a great learning opportunity for the local schools etc as this will be the first project of this kind in our area. Afternoon between 3.00 pm and 5.00 pm.

Funding for Solar Power

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society has secured 75% of funding required to install Solar Panels on roof to heat water, PV Panels for electricity, roof insulation for the Miners Welfare and cavity wall insulation for the Miners' Welfare Bowling Club.. An educational monitor will be installed in the foyer area of Coalburn Miners' Welfare One stop Shop and will be used for educational purposes. We hope this will attract some interest from the local schools and schools in the surrounding area. We will be the first in this area to install the solar panels and PV panels and the total cost will be just over £25,000. We are hopeful of securing the remaining 25% required. This work should begin sometime in the New Year.

Rural Communities Trust

Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society has been awarded £11,745 from Rural Communities Trust. This is the final amount required for the new porch and now this has been awarded we hope that work will start within the next month once we have received the go ahead from building control.

Community shop to re-open

A partnership between UKSE, the South Lanarkshire LEADER Programme and South Lanarkshire Council provided a £5,000 grant for the project and the Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society was able to carry out the essential refurbishment work. Now, with the project nearing completion the centre’s manager, George Greenshields reports that the shops turnover has already increased.

Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust

Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society was awarded £10,000 towards the cost of the new porch from Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust. This gives us a total amount awarded of £75,627. There is still a shortfall of approximately £11,000 but we are in the process of applying for this amount to the Rural Communities Trust Fund. We will know by August if this has been successful. We hope to start work on the porch in August/September.

Forward Scotland - Porch

Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society were awarded £30,000 from Forward Scotland. This is match funding to build a new porch and ramp for disabled access. We have already been successful from Rural Priorities and received funding for £38,727. We are still awaiting word from Hagshaw Windfarm Trust for match funding for £10,000 and should hear by the middle of June.
Work should commence either July or August.
Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society received funding from the Developing Local Communities Fund. This was for £4,945 to refurbish the community shop with new shelving, rails and to supply a cash register and till. Work has started and we hope that everything will be competed by the end of May 2009. The Developing Local Communities Fund is financed by

South Lanarkshire Council
The renewable Energy Fund
South Lanarkshire Rural Partnership LEADER Programme
UK Steel Enterprise Ltd

Rural Priorities

Coalburn Miners Welfare Charitable Society were successful in an application for funding to Rural Priorities to build a new disabled porch and ramp access. We were awarded £38,727 which is approximately 50% of the total cost. This was due mainly to the hard work of Mr William Steel who was acting as agent on our behalf. We have applied to Forward Scotland for £30,000 and will hear if we have been successful by 21st May 2009. We have also applied to Hagshaw Hill Windfarm Trust for £10,000. If we receive the match funding this will enable us to progress with the Porch and Ramp.
 
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