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Project information

Project Acorn

We urgently need to secure a piece of land in the heart of our community & build a purpose built facility to house the food bank, crisis facilities, recreational space & outdoor growing areas. Our current premises no longer meets our needs. To keep providing our vital service we need your help.

October 2017 - January 2018

Charity information: Kilsyth Community Food Bank

Kilsyth Community Food Bank logo
  • Need


    We have outgrown our current rented premises and they are no longer fit for purpose. In order to keep providing our daily services we need to secure the land available to us in the community.


    Project Acorn is a two-phased project to secure the land and create a purpose build facility to house the food bank, crisis facilities, recreational space and outdoor growing areas.
    Project Acorn is the next step in the development of KCFB and The ARC Project demonstrating the strength of commitment to the people of Kilsyth and the determination to provide a first-class service to users.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Secure funds to purchase of the land in phase 1


    » We will run an online fundraising campaign
    » We will facilitate a number of external fundraising campaigns in the community.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated through the successful purchase of the land at Burngreen Park, Kilsyth. This will allow us to progress to phase 2 and the big build.

    Aim 2

    Secure funding to erect a purpose built centre in phase 2


    » We will continue to run our online fundraising campaign, and engage the wider community in the journey

    What success will look like

    We will demonstrate our success through the continued provision of our services within the community, and through the expansion of our services to allow us to reach more people.

  • Impact


    Our project will Improve the quality of life for those who use our services and will decrease illness related to food poverty. We will create employment opportunities and work closely with individuals facing barriers to employment to enhance social skills, employability skill and literacy skills. We will provide social recovery through engaging men & women who are disenfranchised through their lifestyle choice, and continue to reduce offending behaviour in the community.


    Failure to raise sufficient funds would be the biggest risk for the project. We will deal with this by fostering close links to those involved in the fundraising campaign to ensure we are equipped to deal with this.


    On going monthly reports on the project detailing the current status of the fundraising campaign will be published on our website and social media sites.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £410,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £60,000 Land Purchase We will purchase the land with this sum of money
      £350,000 Erect New Building We will use these funds to erect the purpose buld centre to house our growing charity
  • Background


    There has been a dramatic increase in demand for food banks & charitable help. Our Local authority of North Lanarkshire saw an increase of 11.9% in 2016. Our own service in Kilsyth, has seen a 100% increase. Kilsyth is a small community of just over 10,000 people. 25% of children are living in poverty in the North Lanarkshire area including Kilsyth.


    The community as a whole will benefit though our project. We provide “more than a bag of shopping” we provide a lifeline to families and individuals through the provision of our services. Our current services include money management courses, recovery programme, events to tackle social isolation among men & woman, free counselling service, a charity shop to provide affordable clothing and other items to the community, polly tunnel project which works in partnership with Kilsyth Primary school.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been successfully running our service within Kilsyth since 2012. We have continued to grow as an organisation and develop further service to offer to the community. We have seen many lives transformed through our work with those who are facing crisis.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lesley Dickinson

    Lesley is the founder and oversees the day to day running of the Charity. Lesley is passionate and motivated to deliver the aims of the Charity