The Yes-U-Are Partnership was set up by a diverse group of local people who have a shared commitment to the renewal of Dunfermline’s historic city centre and the enhancement of the lives of local people through what we hope to achieve. Indeed, central to our vision, is the purchase, repair and refurbishment, for community use, of the former church building that occupies a prominent position in the city centre.
The former St Andrews Erskine Church is a ‘B’ listed building that is registered as being “At Risk”. It is noted in the Dunfermline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme and the Dunfermline Conservation Area Appraisal. It was purchased, by means of a MacDonald family legacy, by the Trustees of the Yes-U-Are Partnership in 2012 from the Alfred Stewart Trust who were the previous owners.
The building has direct historical links to one of the participants in the First Secession, Revd. Ralph Erskine, whose congregation built the current building to replace the church building that he had built on the same elevated ridge, his statue stands in the approximate location of his original pulpit.
Our Vision, Mission, Values and Objects
Promoting Community Transformation
Our vision is of a transformed locality and people.
We deliver services that change lives and enrich community life.
Our service reflects the principles of caring, honesty, respect, inclusion,
security and transparency that are at the heart of all that we aim to
Caring: We care about the people we serve and we hope to create good-natured, fair and kind relationships between us.
Honesty: We serve with integrity, trust and sincerity.
Respect: We honour the uniqueness of the people we work with and we act with courtesy and humility.
Inclusion: Our service is inclusive and treats all people and groups as equals.
Security: We can be relied upon to provide safe and dependable services in a well-managed facility.
Transparency: We provide clear leadership of excellent services that are effectively monitored and evaluated.
The Yes-U-Are Centre is established as an expression of Christian love, to provide facilities, activities and services with and for a wide spectrum of people, groups and communities of interest in Dunfermline and its neighbouring towns and villages, Fife and Scotland through:
· the advancement of Education
· the advancement of Religion
· the advancement of Citizenship or Community Development
· the advancement of Arts, Heritage and culture
· the provision of Recreational facilities or the organisation of Recreational Activities
· the Relief of those in need due to age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantages.
Charity Number: SC042878
Registered in Scotland: 20th January 2012
Company Number: SC413698
Incorporated: 23rd December 2011
Erskine Building as a Community Hub
Imagining the future
The Yes-U-Are Partnership is committed to the process of conserving significant aspects of Dunfermline's history and heritage through quality building development. It will provide the community with a space or facility that is modern in design but in keeping with the buildings original aesthetic. This practical and useable space will serve the many purposes that local people and groups have recommended.
Plans for the future
To ensure that the building meets its full potential - as well as our commitment to enhancing and transforming the community - people will be able to use the building for a myriad of reasons; Exhibitions, plays, music, cafe, courses, training, business meetings, conferences, weddings etc.
Bringing about the future
The next stage of the essential repair works will ensure that the building is water, wind and pigeon “tight” and will allow us to create a short-term office in the building. This temporary phase will give us time to finalise the plans, seek planning permission and raise the necessary funds to fully complete the refurbishment.