Community hub opens
First look round new Number 18 facility
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