Clear Buckhaven & Methil

Charity registered in Scotland SC043573

CLEAR (Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration) was established by residents in 2007, becoming a SCIO in 2012. It addresses the poverty of people and place through two main aims, improving the local environment; and building civic pride and community engagement in the disadvantaged, neglected towns of Buckhaven and Methil (population 15,000), part of the Levenmouth conurbation on mid-Fife coast, an ex-mining community suffering high levels of deprivation. CLEAR runs a significant environmental improvement programme to uplift the public space in Buckhaven and Methil. This includes major community planting, growing and enhancement programme, including community orchard clusters, woodlands, and developing two large and several smaller community gardens. Other major activities include floral enhancement. Important site-based projects have regenerated prominent greenspaces including Starkies Wood, Methilhaven Rd, Tollpark, Viewforth, College St, Kirkland Drive and Foreshore. Involving local volunteers and groups in this community effort is central to the People and Place approach CLEAR runs two volunteer sessions, 3 days per week year-round engaging individuals, local schools, nurseries, college, other groups, including many facing challenges who gain through getting involved in practical healthy, sociable, outdoor activity while taking pride in making a visible positive impact. Up to 50 are regularly involved, and many more occasionally. Community placemaking efforts feature distinctive community art and heritage. Regular cleanups are organised plus recycling - pallet & paint, bike repair and cycling workshop (men’s shed), healthy living initiative plus Community Fridge (addressing food insecurity). Volunteers learn new skills and benefit from meals provided.

Current opportunity

CLEAR stands for Community-Led Environmental Action for Regeneration, a small charity established since 2012 to help regenerate the neglected communities of Buckhaven and Methil. They carry out a wide range of actions including extensive planting (trees, bulbs), run community gardens, a community workshop (wood, bike) and kitchen as well as community placemaking (installing art, heritage, benches etc). They are action-oriented and rely on volunteers of all kinds to carry out the work supervised by a small staff team. They are looking for motivated people from the Levenmouth area who share their vision of improving the local area. Board Members are expected to participate in bimonthly meetings (held the 3rd Tuesday evening of every second month) and can also join in other activities to shape their plans and participate in their action more frequently if interested. The would love to hear from professional, experienced and/or skilled individuals in any relevant file, ideally from the wider Levenmouth area, who might join the current dedicated group to share their expertise and commitment.