Com­mu­nity hub opens

First look round new Num­ber 18 fa­cil­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

Healthy ‘n’ Happy opened their new com­mu­nity hub right in the heart of Ruther­glen last week.

Around 140 res­i­dents turned out to get a first look at Num­ber 18, based at 18 Farm­loan Road, at a spe­cial open event on Fri­day (Oc­to­ber 9).

As well as tak­ing a stroll through the new sur­round­ings, they were able to get a glimpse of the work Healthy ‘n’ Happy carry out in the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang area.

Ear­lier that day, fol­low­ing the group’s AGM, the min­is­ter for sport, health im­prove­ment and men­tal health, Jamie Hep­burn MSP had cut the rib­bon to mark the of­fi­cial open­ing.

And the event was com­pleted with lo­cal bands ap­pear­ing on stage and live on Cam­glen ra­dio on the Fri­day night.

Healthy ‘n’ Happy ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Bren­dan Rooney, said: “The whole day was re­ally good. It was busy all day and we’re de­lighted with the way it went.

“The feed­back we’ve had from lo­cal res­i­dents and from visi­tors all round was very pos­i­tive.”

Num­ber 18, which is the site of the for­mer East Parish Church hall, will be the per­ma­nent base for Cam­glen Ra­dio as well as hav­ing meet­ing and train­ing fa­cil­i­ties for other groups.

In time, it is hoped fund­ing can be se­cured for a com­mu­nity cafe to be cre­ated.

The build­ing was for­merly owned by Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion.

Bren­dan said: “We’re re­ally pleased with the progress so far.

“We did a lot of con­sul­ta­tion in the run up to this, and that is what shaped our plans, but we will be do­ing more.

“Num­ber 18 will be avail­able to lo­cal res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity for a long time to come.

“I would like to pass on that we were very pleased with the sup­port from the min­is­ter com­ing round and I have to say a mas­sive thanks to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and Clyde Gate­way who have been tremen­dous, as have the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Col­lec­tive Ar­chi­tec­ture and Kelsen who were the con­trac­tors.

“This was a mas­sive pro­ject, but also one of the most en­joy­able I have ever worked on.”

De­spite now hav­ing a home to call their own, Bren­dan was keen to em­pha­sise Healthy ‘n’ Happy’s work in the com­mu­nity would con­tinue.

“This is only one build­ing and we are de­lighted with it, but we work all over Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen.

“Last year we were at 60 venues, 29 in Cam­bus­lang and 31 in Ruther­glen.

“That will con­tinue.”

Hands on The handy folk, Neil Sam­son, Danny Smith, Sammy Hen­der­son, Barry Keenan, and Robert Richard­son at the counter they made with re­cy­cled wood

First cut Jamie Hep­burn MSP per­forms the open­ing cer­e­mony flanked by Healthy ‘n’ Happy chair May Cald­well and Ian Man­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Clyde Gate­way

Pic­ture per­fect De­vel­op­ment worker Ch­eryl Ver­nel and sup­port worker Wil­liam Rae

Wheel-y good show Cam­glen Bike Town team Mel Toner, Jackie Brown and Jim Ewing.

Ra­dio Ga Ga Cam­glen DJ Jay Robert­son in­ter­views Healthy ‘n’ Happy as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Jane Churchill

Doors open Ar­chi­tect Alan Smith, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Bren­dan Rooney and as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Jane Churchill

Story time Par­ents and ba­bies had a great time at the open­ing

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