Our office is located in Wigtown, on the Machars peninsula in southwest Scotland and we offer a wide range of services to local communities in the Council's Mid Galloway area.
Machars Action was set up in 1995, to provide community development support and information to an area of high rural deprivation and low wages. The project was originally staffed and resourced by the Economic Development Department of the Regional Council, but was soon developed as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. The Directors are drawn from the Community Councils and Business Associations of Mid Galloway, two elected members of Dumfries & Galloway Council (since the Council is a funder of Machars Action’s core activities) and the Company’s individual members.
The Company's work has changed over the years as need has changed and has been influenced by the development of Wigtown as Scotland's National Book Town (an initiative nurtured in its early stages by Machars Action). The Company is the only organisation in Mid Galloway that gives local communities access to affordable support services, a 'one stop shop' point of contact and a community resource centre.
In 2009, we successfully applied for a grant from the Scottish Government’s Third Sector Enterprise Fund to enable us to buy the building we had been leasing from the Council for the preceding 14 years. The hope is that this will now allow us to continue on the journey towards our aspiration to become self-sustaining.
The services we provide include:
Ø Office accommodation for long-term tenants, RSPB and Crossroads
Ø Meeting room hire
Ø Information to assist people and groups in the community
Ø Tourist information for visitors to the area
Ø Printing, photocopying and design services
Ø Media equipment hire
Ø Funding search assistance for community groups and charities
Manager: Jak Kane
Tel: 01988 402633
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