Activities and Courses at Clydebank’s Centre 81

Clydebank Housing Association (CHA) has been awarded £152,387 from People and Communities Fund to deliver activities in Centre 81, Whitecrook. Owned and managed by Clydebank Housing Association, the centre is a major milestone in the future regeneration of Clydebank and in the aim to combat multiple deprivation issues including high levels unemployment in the area.

We worked with CHA on the funding bid, with a focus on activities and courses that enhance theCentre81 Whitecrook local community’s opportunities to take part in further education, training and employment. Activities have been developed and designed for the most hard to reach groups in the community, including people not currently in education, employment or training, people in recovery from mental ill health, people from minority and ethnic cultural backgrounds and older people.

A programme of activities and courses delivered over a three year period will enable CHA to continue working in partnership with organisations, agencies and departments within Centre 81. Clydebank College deliver SQA accredited courses including basic and intermediate IT and pre-access college courses that on completion will gain participants a guaranteed interview into a relevant full time course at Clydebank College; there is also a crèche available for those that require childcare while courses are running. West Dunbartonshire CL&D deliver SQA accredited ‘Self and Society’ courses and a digital friends drop-in, based in Centre 81’s IT suite.

People and Communites Fund has also funded CHA to employ a Community Garden Co-ordinator to work within Centre 81’s garden/allotment and with the local community. This includes nursery and primary schools, ISARO, Tullochan Trust, Princes Trust, youth groups and CHA’s tenants and residents and teaches them skills in planting, composting, recycling, growing vegetables and fruit and working with the chickens and chicken coup. The local community then take back these skills to their own gardens. CHA will continue to work with Youthbuild and local young people aged 16 -19 years on an employability training programme to carry out repairs in basic construction and regeneration work carried out within and outwith Centre 81 in Clydebank.

Additional activities include health and fitness classes for people that are of working age and older people to enhance active and healthier lifestyles. We will continue to support CHA in their efforts to break down the barriers that prevent people from participating in society and to ensure that people are given the chances to take part in activities that improve skills, future prospects and quality of life.

If you are interested in any of these free activities or courses, please contact Ali, Centre 81 Co-ordinator or Jean, receptionist at Centre 81 on 0141 533 7070.

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