Dumfriesshire group receives Scottish Land Fund cash to create community hub

Moniaive Initiative has received £56,691 to purchase a commercial unit on Moniaive High Street and convert it into a charity shop, information point, office space and multi-purpose accommodation for a variety of local clubs and organisations.

Moniaive Initiative Chairman, Bill McLarty, said: “We are delighted that this grant will enable us to purchase a building that has stood empty and declining on our High Street for many years. Now it will become a new centre at the heart of our community, providing some of the services and amenities that we require to make life easier and more sustainable in this beautiful but remote area.”

Moniaive Initiative currently has a lease on the building and has been running a six month ‘trial hub’. With help from local volunteers they have redecorated the building using donated paints and equipment, and ‘upcycled’ wooden doors from a nearby house renovation into internal fittings and furniture.

A large number of local people turned out for the official opening and since then the shop has been consistently busy, with the new Community Library, which replaces the recently-withdrawn mobile library service, proving to be very popular.

The shop has also attracted a new start-up business, which is hiring a room for two days a week, and there are plans to launch workshops offering practical skills.

Moniaive Initiative is one of seven groups across Scotland sharing in £706,126 of Scottish Land Fund cash.