Anster Community Development Project

Anstruther Improvements Association is proud to launch the Anster Community Development Project, our new three year community development project for 2021-2023. 

Thanks to a National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund, Anster Community Development Project will enable our member-led SCIO to build on our strong history of working to improve the Anstruther, Kilrenny and Cellardyke communities over the last 70 years. This new initiative will provide opportunities for local people to take action, strengthen connections and joint working, highlight our community assets and provide opportunities for volunteering. 

This community development initiative is a step change for our member-led charity.  Anster Community Development Project will be managed by our trustees with the support of our first member of staff, Julia Priestley. As a locally based Community Development Worker, Julia will drive forward the AIA’s strategy to meet the needs of Anstruther’s community, working in partnership with the many other dynamic local groups. Julia is a local resident with a young family and has a background in community development initiatives in arts and wellbeing, inclusion, mental health, community engagement and working with young people.  

Julia Priestley,
AIA Community Development Worker

Anster Community Development Project will also support social, cultural and educational events and activities in the recently refurbished Dreel Halls building. This is an exciting new beginning for us all, as we support the members of our community to re-connect with each other after the challenges of the past year. We look forward to welcoming everyone through the doors again when we can safely do so. 

If you have an idea you would like to share, would like support to make things happen or just want to get involved in our project, we would love to hear from you! 

Please email Julia:  or DM our Facebook 

“Building a thriving and resilient community, improving Anstruther for all”.