A Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage, a social venture established by local man, Dave Ramsay now based in Catterline, 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, of A Howe o’ the Mearns Heritage said “I’d done other one-off heritage projects, and the NESTA project triggered something in me. I thought this is exactly what we need and I can get involved as someone over 50, because we’ve all got skills that are reusable and I can apply these to bring the local community together to learn more about our heritage.”
Anyone interested in getting involved with the venture is welcome to contact Dave Ramsay on 01569 750730.