Building communities

Community Links Scotland (CLS) provide regeneration consultancy services for 27 registered social landlords throughout Scotland in addition to carrying out independent pieces of consultancy for a large number of community organisations, trusts and voluntary groups.

We work with community groups from idea inception to assisting in managing the ongoing project.

What we can do »

Business Plans »
We work with deprived communities and integrate them within the design and consultation process from the outset.

Consultations »
CLS can organize community information days, conduct focus groups and one to one interviews and host public meetings.

Fundraising »
CLS has a specialist funding team of staff who have expertise in statutory, European and charitable funding.

Project Development »
CLS takes a strategic approach to its work both locally and nationally ensuring support and links its client members.

Community Landscaping »
CLS acts as a model of good practice, wherever possible introducing new methods, standards and ideas of working.

Training »
Training and volunteering opportunities for volunteers and staff with a variety of short courses aimed to enhance skills.

Anniversary booklet

To mark the 10th anniversary of establishing Community Links Scotland, we published a booklet celebrating our success and highlighting some of the projects we have worked on over the years. Our clients have received a copy in the post but if you haven't got your copy, you can download it here or let us know and we'll send you one.

About Us

Community Links Scotland (CLS) is a charitable, not for profit, voluntary organisation established by a Forum of Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) in 2002. We only work with other not for profit groups and organisations and have built up an excellent understanding of the various factors which can assist a group achieve its project aim.

2012-2013 Annual Report

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CLS staff

An experienced staff team of nine provide assistance identifying and accessing funding for a range of community projects, carry out business plans, regeneration plans, options studies and a wide variety of other services community groups.

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Workers at Jura Primary School

Established in West Dunbartonshire, CLS now work with community groups all over Scotland, with successful partnership projects from Jura to Drumchapel, Muirhouse to Mull.

Examples of our projects »

What people say about us

“Excellent company to work with, who have similar ethos and values of the Voluntary Housing Sector.”

Ian McLean, Director, Bridgewater HA

“From our tentative beginnings as a fledgling Community Trust, we have been immensely grateful for the practical, friendly support and sheer professional expertise of Community Links Scotland.”

Jenny Cole, Rosneath & Clynder Community Action Trust

“The support received from Community Links in ensuring a successful funding application, assistance in the resident consultation process and their Project Management expertise was invaluable in making this Project a great success.”

Alex Grassie, Development Manager, Paisley South HA

“The Business Plan provided by Community Links was supported by excellent community engagement that provided real information for all the partners to work with.”

Lesley McInnes, Chief Executive, West Highland HA

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CLS training

Community Links Scotland provide a range of training and volunteering opportunities throughout the year. Volunteers and staff alike will be able to choose from a variety of short courses aimed to enhance their skills.

Current training courses »