Centre’s work in community recognised
SNP MSP Bob Doris visited a charitable organisation in Cambuslang which provides a vital facility for groups throughout the community in and around Halfway.
The Glasgow list SNP MSP visited the Archway Centre in Halfway on Wednesday morning and spent some time with members of the craft class.
He chatted with several people who were making greetings cards and other craft items, many of which will be donated to the local church to raise funds for charity.
The centre is well used by a variety of groups, including various tenants’ and residents’ associations, churches and support groups.
Bob discussed with members and managers the challenges that the centre faces, and hopes to have constructive discussions with South Lanarkshire Council about how best to work with the centre going forward.
Following the visit, Bob said: “I enjoyed my visit and the community spirit within the craft group was fantastic. It’s great that the centre gives people the chance to have fun while benefiting the local community.
“The volunteers who run the centre do a brilliant job with limited space.
“However, they explained the financial pressures they are under, and I would hate to see such a wonderful facility under threat.
“I am sure South Lanarkshire Council will feel the same, and I will therefore contact them to discuss how best to support the Archway.
“There is clearly the need for some assistance in the near future to maintain the present site.
“In the longer term, I would hope that there would be the possibility of enhanced facilities in the community, which is something I know Halfway Community Council have actively been looking at.
“If the Archway didn’t exist, many groups would not have a base to do valuable community work.
“I had a great visit, and look forward to a closer working relationship in the months ahead.”
Visitor SNP MSP Bob Doris with members of the Halfway Archway Centre