A formal community launch of a new heritage project will take place today (Thursday) at Lathallan School. An audience of eighty people is expected and there will be a panel of distinguished guests and speakers, including Aberdeenshire Provost, Bill Howatson, Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire Carol Kinghorn and Richard Toley Headmaster.
The launch is being held to formalise a new innovative working partnership between Lathallan School, and “A Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage Project”, a social enterprise heritage venture, established by Dave Ramsay from Catterline.
“A Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage” has been awarded £7,000 as part of NESTA’s Age Unlimited Scotland 2011 challenge – a project which aims to support people aged 50 plus who have the spark of a good idea for a new service which could benefit their local community.
His venture is an innovative social enterprise project, researching and publishing the rich rural and coastal heritage of the Mearns. Locally managed, it will focus on the 50+ age sector, maximising the use of existing resources and capturing the interest of local schools, libraries, historic societies and recording oral histories from local residents of the history of the Mearns. The funding will be primarily used to purchase audio visual equipment, co-ordinators and marketing for the venture.
The Age Unlimited Scotland programme was launched by NESTA in December 2009 in response to research which showed the UK is unprepared for the challenges of an ageing population.
NESTA is committed to supporting and working with its older social entrepreneurs to improve their communities and keep everyone active and healthy. The programme aims to help older people be seen as valued members of society, generate income beyond retirement age and reduce demands on the public purse.
Dave Ramsay, Project Director said ”Lathallan School has an excellent record of community involvement and service, and is the perfect partner for community engagement, bringing together a mix of people aged 50+ working together with senior pupils from Lathallan, on a wide variety of community heritage projects”. The transfer of knowledge, skills and experiences, between the groups is only one exciting aspect of the new Partnership, and is the perfect vehicle for new experiences for pupils, through their excellent Civilianship programme.”