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Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre


Facts & Figures

Organisation Name:Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre
Individual Name:
Area Served:Kirkshaws
Population:???
Sketch:

The community of Kirkshaws is located at the southern edge of Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire.  Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre (KNC) was established in 1989 with support from Urban Aid funding to convert an ‘old housing stock’ 3 storey tenement into a community facility.

Over the years there have been significant changes in the areas physical appearance, in particular through improvements to existing housing stock and the construction of new properties.

KNC recognises that ‘bricks and mortar don’t make a community’ and improved housing alone has not addressed some of the underlying issues experienced by local people.  KNC tries to provide support to meet the priorities of local people.

Legal Form:

Unincorporated Association

Volunteers:12 regular volunteers
People Benefitting:Residents of Kirkshaws and the surrounding areas
Staff:13 staff in total: 1 full time manager
Turnover:300,000+ Year ending March 2014
Earned Income:

Comes from rental of Premises which is then utilised for core funding of Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre.

Assets:

KNC  has a lease until March 2022  and pay a rentage to North Lanarkshire Council.

Value of assets:

Roots & Links

Origins:
Governance:

 

A Board of 12 local people meet quarterly but many of the Board are involved in the centre on a daily/weekly basis as all user groups and tenants are invited to get involved.  Many of the Board have been involved for a number of years.

Community Links:

KNC has links with North Lanarkshire council and is funded through the CL&D partnership locality. It also has links with local primary and secondary schools, the local colleges and other voluntary sector partners. All user groups are invited to take a place on the Management Board.  KNC also has partnerships with the Link housing associations who have a presence in Kirkshaws Community.

External Links:

Former winner of SURF Award for best practice in involving local people in regeneration strategies.  KNC youth brass band links with the Scottish Brass Band Association.

Activities

Physical Hub:

KNC has a range of flexible office and meeting space available for the local community.  There are currently over 20 different user groups in KNC engaging 300-400 people of all ages each week – approximately 80% of whom are from Kirkshaws.  

Builds Local Capacity:

Accredited training and learning opportunities are delivered in response to the needs of local people.

Delivers Services:

KNC provides training in IT,  training and employment opportunities, childcare, cookery/food hygiene and a job club for clients referred from Jobcentre Plus.

KNC also has a number of tenant organisations including Kirkshaws Tenants and Residents Associations who have played a role in addressing housing issues in the area.

Based in and run by KNC, Kirkshaws Tiny Tots Playgroup provides extremely low cost childcare to local families (£8.00 per Session), including a fully covered outdoor play area.

The training kitchen occupies a space that was previously a community shop which was closed due to a lack of demand and now provides a full programme of REHIS training and cookery workshop skills.

A community café and a small library are also located within KNC community facility.

 

Develops/Manages Property:
Other:
Main Achievements:

What Next

Biggest Challenge:

The main challenges that the community face continue to be high level unemployment, poor health and education.  For KNC the biggest challenge is continually sourcing funding to ensure the ongoing sustainability and continuation of the project.

 

Lessons Learned:

Listen to the views of the local community.

 

Aspirations:

Long term secured funding and community ownership of the facility.

Contact

Name:Willie McBride
Title:Centre Manager
Address Line 1:Kirkshaws Neighbourhood Centre
Address Line 2:25 Haddington Way, Kirkshaws, ML5 5BF.
City:Coatbridge
County:North Lanarkshire
Telephone:01236 426200
Fax:
Email:kirkshaws-nbhc@hotmail.co.uk
Website URL:http://kirkshawsneighbourhoodcentre.tripod.com/index.html
District:North Lanarkshire