£20,000 donation for Calton Heritage and Learning Centre

Calton Heritage & Learning Centre
Calton Heritage & Learning Centre

Calton’s Heritage and Learning Centre has received a welcome cash boost from Clyde Gateway.

The regeneration agency has generously given the popular community hub the money which in turn will help the local community.

Centre manager Rosie Robertson praised Clyde Gateway saying the money would go along way to helping others.

Rosie said: “We are extremely grateful to Clyde Gateway for this generosity. We all know of the important work it does in terms of regeneration and in our own way we are helping with the regeneration of Calton.”

The centre will use the money for the general running of the centre ensuring a community hub for local residents with opportunities for social interaction, supported volunteering and learning opportunities and internet access to support training and job searching.

The centre has proved an instant hit with the local community and is a popular community venue which now offers a wide range of services which are helping to bring the community together.

The Calton Heritage & Learning Centre is a partnership between Calton Area Association and Thenue Housing and is the result of a significant community-based fundraising effort to give Calton a facility it never had before.

It aims to promote and celebrate the area’s heritage as well as providing a focus for the people of the area to access services - particularly learning opportunities.

Earlier this year the centre launched its new website to keep local people informed of what’s going on.

The easy-to-use website provides a range of information about what’s going on and makes it easy for people to find out what is happening on the very same day on which the website is visited.

Lawrence McCabe, community regeneration manager for Thenue, said: “This support from Clyde Gateway is greatly welcomed and it will go a long way to helping the Calton Heritage and Learning Centre. Clyde Gateway’s track record on regeneration work is well known and it has brought great benefits to the area it serves.”

Clyde Gateway is a specially-created urban regeneration company established at the end of December 2007 and is a partnership of Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise which is backed by funding from the Scottish Government.

The area in which it works extends to cover 2,000 acres across the east end of Glasgow and South Lanarkshire. It is Scotland’s biggest regeneration project.

Its work involves driving forward a massive investment programme over a 20-year period and to deliver unparalleled social, economic and physical change in an area equivalent in size to 1,200 football pitches.

A spokesman for Clyde Gateway said: “Clyde Gateway has said from the very outset that community groups will always have an important role to play in our ongoing regeneration work. We are delighted that we have been able to help out so many of them over the years in different ways and there is no doubt that our support in this instance will make a real difference to local residents and the users of the services provided at the centre.”

The Calton Heritage & Learning Centre will celebrate its second birthday in November.

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