West Kilbride Community initiative Ltd

West Kilbride Community initiative Ltd

Charity information

West Kilbride Community initiative Ltd

Led by local people, WKCIL's aims are:

Cultural Development
Community Development
Development of Scotland's first Craft & Design Town
Economic Development
Enhancement of the built environment

Founded 1998

  • Mission statement

    Managed by a volunteer board drawn from the local area, the activities of The West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd (WKCIL) have transformed this small rural town, making it a better place to live, work and visit.


    Cultural Development
    Community Development
    Economic Development
    Enhancement of the Built Environment


    WKCIL became a registered charity and company limited by guarantee in 1998 and established Scotland's first Craft & Design Town, now known as Craft Town Scotland (CTS).

    Prior to WKCIL's intervention, the retail centre was bordering on market failure, with 21 of the 40 shop fronts either derelict or boarded up, a lack of community cohesion as a result of increased anti-social behaviour and a fear of crime associated with a broken down Main Street.

    Craft Town Scotland is the core element of a suite of initiatives which aim to increase the attractiveness of the area, with particular emphasis on cultural, environmental and social projects.

    Its success was acknowledged nationally when the CTS won the DTI sponsored Scottish and UK Enterprising Britain Award and a Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum Award, category of ‘Place’, in 2006. CTS, as West Kilbride’s ‘unique selling point’, has underpinned the development of the town’s retail centre as a community hub. Its success has been acknowledged, both by local residents and independent economic regeneration consultants, and it is used as an exemplar of locally led town centre regeneration.

  • Aims

    West Kilbride Community initiative Ltd aims to:

    • To advance education, particularly amongst the young, in relation to art, traditional craft skills and an appreciation of contemporary craft and design.
    • To create and/or improve for the benefit of the general public, public parks, public street, pavements and walkways (and adjoining areas) and other public open spaces within the Operating Area.
    • To promote for the public benefit the preservation (whether wholly or in part) of buildings and other structures of historic and/or architectural significance within the Operating Area.
    • To promote, establish and operate craft workshop and display space and/or support other schemes of a charitable nature for the benefit of the community within the operating Area.
    • To provide, in the interests of social welfare, facilities for recreation/leisure time occupation available to the public at large within the Operating Area with a view to improving conditions of life
  • Overview

    Established: December 1998

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 3

    Volunteers: 90

    Phone number: 01294 829179

    Address: Administration Office Happyhills, 125 Main Street, West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland. KA23 9AR

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