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Aspiring for Change in Cowdenbeath

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PAS has embarked on a new and exciting project made possible by the Aspiring Communities Fund and the European Social Fund led by the Scottish Government.

The project kicked off in September at Beath High School where we hosted a performance of ‘Plan’ for around 20 pupils. You can learn more about that workshop, led by our Artist in Residence, Ishbel McFarlane, in her new blog post.

There’s also a wee write up in the local paper describing our ambitions for the project and our first round of Focus Group sessions in Crossgates, Hill of Beath and Kelty.

Much of the chat from these sessions has been around making greater use of existing assets for recreation and play, while creating more vibrant and accessible places for people to socialise. A key priority for participants is to see more activities and facilities for younger people, so it’s brilliant to be working so closely with Beath High pupils and Fife Council to develop proposals that can hopefully enable that.

Following our second round of Focus Group sessions this October, Stage 1 of the project will culminate in January and February with interactive pop-up exhibitions in each area, public artwork installations and more performances.

We’ll then seek to assemble a larger bid of up to £250k to support new or existing projects or services that stand to benefit the three participating communities.

To find out more about the project please get in touch with me on james@pas.org.uk or email erin@pas.org.uk for info about upcoming volunteer opportunities.

James Thomson (Project Coordinator, Bridging the Gap Cowdenbeath)

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