Christmas cracker launches new Cadder community hub
Cadder has celebrated the re-opening of its community hub with an early festive family extravaganza.
The event coincided with the re-naming of the much-valued community centre and a link-up with inspiring charity Kindness Street Team which will now run the Hub.
Working together with Cadder Housing Association, which owns the Hub, organisers laid on a winter wonderland event featuring Santa, real reindeer, festive choir ‘Sing Aloud’ and fun and games galore for all the family.
It was the perfect curtain-raiser for the festive season and big things are planned for the Hub which aims to bring the Cadder community closer together.
Performing the opening ceremony for the hub was 97-year-old local resident Chris Lee, believed to be Cadder’s longest-standing tenant, who has lived in the area for a remarkable 68 years.
Joining him in cutting the ribbon to declare the Hub open was 10-year-old Molly Henderson who won an art competition organised by Cadder Housing Association.
Announcing the teaming up with the Kindness Street team – also known as Kindness Glasgow - Cadder Housing said the link-up would bring huge benefits to a revitalised community Hub.
Already a new cafe called “A Little Cup of Kindness’’ has opened, as well as a gym, boxing classes, dance classes and keep fit classes. All of this combined with affordable community lets promises to make the Hub a real focus of community activity.
Pamela Milne, chief executive of Cadder Housing Association, said: “The opening of the Cadder Community Hub is the culmination of a listening process whereby we engaged with residents over many months to establish what they would want from this facility.
“What came back was a desire to see the Hub play a full part in the life of this vibrant community - bringing people together and operating at the heart of our neighbourhood.
“We are delighted to be working so closely with Kindness whose inspiring work in our communities is an example to us all.”
Kindness chairperson Laura McSorley added: “Our winter event for all the family was a great success and attracted many families.
“We aim to host many community activities such as low-cost cooking classes, computer literacy and health and wellbeing events. We are also in the process of organising a Christmas party for all 81 children from the local nursery in Cadder to ensure every child can take part in festive activities even in tough times.
“There are exciting days ahead for the Cadder Community Hub and we want as many people as possible to use its facilities and get involved. It’s just the beginning of an exciting journey ahead.”
The Kindness Street Team delivers so much good work throughout Glasgow. Among other things, it runs a pop-up soup kitchen two evenings per week and a foodbank four times a week.