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Gatehouse Development Initiative

Wheels of Fleet - Job Opportunity

Wheels of Fleet is currently advertising two part-time posts working with the project.

The Wheels of Fleet is a bicycle project based in Gatehouse of Fleet, which aims to increase bicycle use locally. We offer the training and maintenance of bicycles, a local repair service, affordable prices of bikes and courses, local maps of bike rides and other support to local people to get on their bikes. By adopting the permaculture ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share, we provide sustainable solutions to increase awareness and improve personal, physical and mental health whilst having a positive impact on the environment. It is a project of the Gatehouse Development Initiative (GDI).  WoF takes in old bikes and where possible uses existing parts to reuse and recycle, creating workable bikes made accessible to all. WoF supports more day to day journeys on foot or by bike. We have received funding from the Paths for All Smarter Choices, Smarter Places fund and the Dumfries & Galloway Council's Participatory Budgeting Tackling Poverty Fund.

The Gatehouse Development Initiative

The Gatehouse Development Initiative exists for the benefit of the Gatehouse Community and provides a framework for the development of projects within the community.

Originally formed by the Community Council as a fundraising arm, it was converted to a charitable company which brought additional benefits in fundraising powers and legal protection for members.  The Initiative continues to work closely with the Community Council.

Amongst a range of benefits, the GDI can save smaller projects the need to be formally established in their own right, can provide support with fundraising, provide insurance, indemnity cover and public liability cover, and provide book-keeping/accountancy services.

Gatehouse Development Initiative Project Update : April 2020

With normal meetings suspended due to the current crisis, we thought it would be useful to provide a short update on our current projects.

During this difficult time our priority must be to keep safe and to look out for those in most need.  The GDI is working closely with the Community Council to provide Covid19 advice to the people of Gatehouse.  Please let us know if there is any other information we should be providing.

Inevitably projects are on hold but there are some things we can get on with at home.  We are keeping in touch with funders to ensure that projects do not fall through because we have not received the necessary match funding.