Alexander Community Development Launches


23rd July 2020

We are delighted to announce the official launch of Alexander Community Development, a community-driven organisation set up to support local people.

Alexander Community Development delivers 3 key programmes: Transition to Trade, Food Distribution and Trades for All.

Our Transition to Trade programme provides young people with the opportunities to learn trades in a safe live environment, through a six week out of school placement. Our two Community Programmes, Food Distribution and Trades for All, both support Dundee people and businesses. Our Food Distribution works with food banks and charities by taking delivery, organising and distributing food and key items to Dundee’s most vulnerable. Our Trades for All offers opportunities for retired Tradesmen/woman to give back and share their skills with future generations.


Stemming from over 20 years of industry experience, local man and founder, John Alexander of Alexander Decorators, established the organisation in 2019 and is proud to see his dreams finally become a reality.

“Helping people is a passion of mine, it’s what motivates everything I do. Having a trade has given me a career far beyond what I could have imagined and has now allowed me to give something back to the local community. By playing a part in upskilling future tradesmen and woman, we are ensuring that the workforce of tomorrow is equipped to deal with future challenges.”

Kara Swankie joined the management team in March of this year, tasked with coordinating the growth and scale of the charity. With ambitious plans within the first 3 years, Alexander Community Development is already progressing quickly to achieve their mission.

“When I first met John, his passion was infectious, and I knew this was something that I needed to be part of. Alexander Community Development has the opportunity to make a difference to so many lives in Dundee but more importantly, support those out there who have been making a difference for years.”

Local business consultants, Carrick Management, has been working with ACD since May. Nicola Brown, Development Director of Carrick Management, said:

“We are very excited to be involved in the delivery of this fantastic project to bring positive change in our city. Carrick Management have been very impressed with Alexander’s Community Developments intention to boost the employability of young people in the area and the subsequent impact on the local economy. It is wonderful to be contributing to a project that is aligned with our aim to have a positive impact on the local community.”

Alexander Community Development has been demonstrating their people-driven values, with the food distribution services, during Covid-19 Lockdown. The service is focussed on supporting the network of food insecurity groups in the city, ensuring they have access to food, transportation, storage and logistical support, which enables them to focus on providing their vital services.

Transition to Trade will launch its first Cohort, which will be delivered to Dundee schools, in October. This will be delivered in partnership with Developing the Young Workforce, Breakthrough, Skills Development Scotland, Dundee Stars, YMindset, Can I Coaching and The Sporting Pursuit. This programme will also be delivered to employability services across the city in the coming months.

Trades for All is actively seeking skilled tradesmen and woman who are looking for volunteering opportunities to give back and share their skills with a new generation. This programme will deliver affordable trade services to community organisations and referred individuals, ensuring everyone has a space and comfortable space to live and work from.

Local marketing and communications firm, DLR Media, have also supported Alexander’s Community Development. Managing Director of DLR Media, Daniel Rosie, said: “There is vivid passion from the team at Alexander’s Community Development to make a real difference in the Dundee area. From our initial contact I have been blown away with their drive and vision for creating a charity that will make a real difference in the region, paving new pathways for the future generation”.

The next stages of growth for Alexander Community Development is building a self-sustaining green site, at Fairfield Street, which will house the charity and significantly increase capacity for services. The site will also offer affordable space for other, similarly aligned organisations to operate from. We are seeking support for this build and if would like to be involved in this project, please get in touch.

Kara Swankie, Centre Manager, 

Alexander Community Development

Alexander Community Development has developed from 20 years of work in the decorating trade, both in practise and education. The sister company of ACD, Alexander Decorators LTD has lead the way in developing skill and talent in the trade, and this work will now be built upon in ACD. Within in this live working environment, there will be programmes delivered for children and young people who are looking to gain qualifications and skills that will gain them future employment opportunities.

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