Carman Centre

“Renton Community Development Trust which operates the Carman Centre has seen it’s income slashed by around £140,000 in the last year.  The largest cut was from the Council totalling around £116,000 for housing support services, one stop shop services and the breakfast club service for primary school children in Renton.  Cordale Housing Association also cut funding by £10,000 per annum plus there were additional costs to RCDT of approx £11,000 to sack a former employee for gross misconduct. In January 2014, RCDT invited The Development Trust Association of Scotland to deliver an independent business health check for the organisation which reiterated the dire financial situation RCDT found themselves in. It was highlighted that if RCDT continue to deliver services in the same way as in previous years over two centres then they were in grave danger of trading when insolvent.

RCDT have looked at raising finance via the John Connolly centre but due to the 25 year claw back agreement with WDC are unable to  do so, we also recently received a refusal from the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund a £50,000 internal redevelopment to the Carman Centre which would have seen some diversification of services which could be delivered from this venue.

RCDT have applied to WDC to transfer the building into RCDT’s ownership which will allow RCDT to apply for a Growing Communities Assets grant or to raise finance against the building or to re-mortgage the facility allowing them to lever in some much needed money; we currently await their response. If this building is transferred it will allow RCDT to potentially deliver on two business proposals which if successful will see a day care service designed specifically for young people with disabilities and a community resource centre for people throughout West Dunbartonshire.

As it currently stands we are in a thirty day consultation period with our staff and the users of the Carman Centre, directors met with user groups last night (20/02/14), where it was highlighted that RCDT have no desire to close The Carman Centre but cannot continue to fund the running costs of approximately £25,000-£46,000 per annum dependent on what services are delivered.

No final decisions have been made yet as the situation is very fluid, the Board of RCDT will meet after the 30 day consultation period where they will discuss feedback gained from groups, the local Authority, Cordale Housing Association and decide on how best to continue to deliver services for the people of Renton.

Board Membership

RCDT currently have six board members. Jim Bollan, George Black, Robert Hunter, Louise Robertson, Drew Mac Eoghainn and Barrie Spink, all board members either live in RCDT’s operating area, or have worked or volunteered for RCDT. Anyone wishing to apply for membership of the trust or to become a member of the board please ask at the reception in the John Connolly centre for an application.

Job Opportunity


JOB TITLE:       Project Co-ordinator (Community responses to Inter Christian Sectarianism) Full time 37.5 hrs per week

We currently have an opportunity for  a new member of staff  to head up our new anti-sectarian project. 

RCDT will set out a project, both to build the capacity of the community and generate an organised response to challenging sectarianism across communities in West Dunbartonshire. The project will build partnerships with community, voluntary agencies and public bodies already identified through previous community research.  

The publishing of national statistics ‘Religiously Aggravated Offending in Scotland 2011-12’,  exposed a 100%+ increase in inter Christian religious motivated crimes in West Dunbartonshire. 

These figures revealed that West Dunbartonshire had the most prosecuted incidents of religious hate crimes outside the City of Glasgow.  It is clear from these figures that sectarianism is hiding in clear view within communities across West Dunbartonshire.

This is not to say members of different Christian denominations across West Dunbartonshire seek to live in their own communities indeed the majority work, socialise and form lasting friendship together.  Despite this positive aspect, work carried out by RCDT identified that sectarianism was used as a tool to stereotype sections of the community who were described in derogatory terms, which were expressed openly in public. So called (banter) was used to describe individuals, families and even certain areas of the community as alien (not belonging).

If you feel that this is a job opportunity that is of interest to you and you would like to apply please contact Jackie Neeson @ the Carman Centre 175 Main Street Renton G82 4PF or alternatively on and she will send you out an application pack 

International Brigade Remembrance

Union representatives, councillors and members of the general public came together to remember the men and women who fought Franco in Spain at the war memorial dedicated to them in Renton. There was an increase in attendance this year and it is hoped that the crowd increases year on year in remembrance of these Heroes.




We currently have volunteering positions available in:

The Carman Centres lunch club.

The Carman Centres junior youth club on a Thursday evening.

At MA centre with the senior youth club on a Thursday evening


Working alongside Drew on the anti-sectarian project.

If you are interested in any of these volunteering positions please contact Jackie on 01389 710261

Anti-Sectarian Project

We have been successful in our bid to work alongside the Scottish Government and the Voluntary Action Fund on a project which has been designed to research levels of sectarian incidents, awareness and perceptions within communities. RCDT are looking for anyone interested in this subject to contact us and become involved in this project.

Only a few tickets left!!!

Saturday 7th April playing in MA Centre Marmalade plus the Driftars hurry along to Carman Centre to get your ticket for this great night also appearing Hugh Ferguson also known as Tony West. Contact Jackie on 01389 710261.

Maintenance Opportunities

Thank-you to everyone who submitted an application form for the new positions within  RCDT in our maintenance department, the level of applicant was excellent. We intend to run a rolling programme of employment which will involve employing additional staff  members as we confirm and hopefully increase the number of contracts we deliver.

If you missed the first  intake of staff and wish to be considered for the next intake, please call into The Carman Centre 175 Main Street Renton G82 4PF and ask Jackie for an application form.


Thanks Again