Today our group held our first official meeting to sign a constitution and formalise the group into a fully constituted voluntary organisation.
We decided to take this step, so we can access funding money to develop a range of community projects in the local area to help work towards the positive regeneration of Lochgelly.
There is a few projects we have planned, some of which we will work through on our own, and there is other projects that we would like to work towards in partnership with other community based groups and individuals in the Lochgelly area.
Due to formalising the group, we have made a slight change to our Social Objectives, mainly we have added a couple of Social Objectives to take into consideration of the work we wish to conduct offline. Our social objectives are:
- To gather and centralise historical and present information about Lochgelly.
- Provide the Lochgelly community with an online platform to encourage open debate on issues affecting Lochgelly.
- Provide the Lochgelly community with an online platform in which anyone from the local area can actively contribute to, and share their interests, raise local issues of concern, highlight local positives, and share their opinions and views of Lochgelly.
- Provide the Lochgelly community with a community magazine/paper in which anyone from the local area can actively contribute to, and share their interests, raise local issues of concern, and share their opinions and views of Lochgelly, to mainly benefit those that do not have Internet access.
- Promote and showcase the strong sense of community spirit that is still available in Lochgelly
- Provide local non-profit groups with an online platform to help raise awareness of their groups, their social objectives, and all their latest local events, news, developments, and projects.
- Work within the Lochgelly area on special projects, which encourages local regeneration/development and community ownership of community projects.
- Engage with local individuals & community groups to form social partnerships that can identify, create and complete local projects that will be of benefit to the local community.
- To only use Open Source technologies to develop the group website and use this website as a showcase as to what can be achieved through Open Source technologies for any online project.
- Provide useful and easy to follow articles to promote better online practices, online security and safety, and general PC maintenance, as well as promoting the Creative Commons and Open Source technologies.
- Deliver workshops to socially excluded groups in the areas of Environmental and Media workshops.
- Provide commercial services for Consultancy (Environmental, Media, Community Engagement) with discounted services for other non-profit organisations.
- Provide commercial services for Media Design (Photography, Videography, Web Design, Graphic Design) with discounted services for other non-profit organisations.
- To release as much content as possible under the Creative Commons License, to give anyone the right to re-use, edit & modify, so long as it is not for profit, and any derivative works is released under the same license, to encourage creativity and sharing of information for public re-use.
As always, at the core of the project is to ensure that we keep everything free for individuals in the local community, this will never change. Additionally, we will also be publishing all our minutes and finances online to ensure public transparency and accountability.
Since today was our first official meeting and the signing of the constitution, the minutes have still to be written, but you can view our constitution at: http://lochgelly.org.uk/about/constitution/.
You can also view our Board Members at: http://lochgelly.org.uk/about/board-members/
As soon as the minutes are available these will be published on our main news page but will also be archived at: http://lochgelly.org.uk/about/losw-minutes/
We shall be publishing a list of the projects we wish to work on shortly, and hope everyone will let us know what they think, if they support or object to our projects, as we want to ensure that any work we do is of the best interest to residents in the local area.