Cen­tre’s £80,000 set­back

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

Th e g roup be­hind a mul­ti­cul­tural cen­tre in Cam­bus­lang are still op­ti­mistic about its place in the area - de­spite be­ing ripped off by dodgy roofers.

The Nur­ture Education and Mul­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety took over the for­mer Trin­ity St Paul’s Church back in 2014.

They have al­ready started work­ing with lo­cal churches and hope to reach out to the whole lo­cal com­mu­nity, pro­mot­ing both Scot­tish and Turk­ish cul­ture.

But their plans have been slowed due to prob­lems with the build­ing’s roof.

Af­ter spend­ing £80,000 to get the roof fixed they were hor­ri­fied to dis­cover it leak­ing con­stantly over the win­ter.

And they have had no luck with the com­pany in­volved.

They have had to deal with thieves steal­ing lead from the roof too.

So­ci­ety mem­ber Tom Don­nachie said: “The roof has been the main prob­lem. It’s been a huge dis­ap­point­ment for ev­ery­one.

“We set out in good faith with a con­trac­tor who of­fered a 10- year guar­an­tee and it all looked very good on pa­per and they seemed to be work­ing very hard.

“Then when the rain started heav­ily last Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber we re­alised there were prob­lems when wa­ter started com­ing in.

“We didn’t re­alise at first how big the prob­lems were but it’s been a very wet win­ter and that’s a lot of rain com­ing in, which has high­lighted all the work that hasn’t been done.

“They were fin­ished, gone, and they’ve van­ished. They were paid £80,000 for what they were do­ing and most of that came from the lo­cal Turk­ish peo­ple and do­na­tions.

“That’s or­di­nary peo­ple’s money that was taken, peo­ple who had a be­lief and a vi­sion in what we had.

“To walk away with char­ity money is the low­est of the low and we were re­ally dis­ap­pointed with that.

“We’ve had to keep a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude though and try to hold on to the pos­i­tive vi­sion for the pro­ject.”

How­ever, the other work within the old church is pro­gress­ing well. That is see­ing the in­te­rior re­fur­bished and drainage prob­lems sorted out.

And Tom be­lieves the so­ci­ety as a whole can have an im­pact in Cam­bus­lang.

“The main aim is still to reach out to the whole com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The whole idea is about nur­tur­ing self and nur­tur­ing com­mu­nity at the same time.

“I think ini­tially there was some re­sis­tance to it all. The re­la­tion­ships are im­prov­ing and get­ting bet­ter though.

“There was maybe some sus­pi­cion at first be­cause it was new peo­ple com­ing in and a new cul­ture but we have no prob­lems at all now.”

Tom is also hope­ful that the group can reach even more peo­ple, start­ing by tar­get­ing their tum­mies.

He said: “One thing we’re start­ing is Turk­ish cui­sine.

“We’re hop­ing to have a pre­sen­ta­tion on that, along with Turk­ish his­tory, where peo­ple can learn about that and also sam­ple some of the food.

“Food’s a neu­tral thing. Peo­ple al­ways en­joy both eat­ing and talk­ing at the same time.

“Peo­ple will al­ways come if there’s nice food on the go, and once they’re sit­ting down with oth­ers then dis­cus­sion takes place.

“We want ideas from peo­ple about how we can im­prove what we’re do­ing here.”

Since 2004 the so­ci­ety’s work in Scot­land has largely been with fam­i­lies where one part­ner is Turk­ish and the other Scot­tish and also with a smaller num­ber of fam­i­lies of Turk­ish ori­gin liv­ing in Scot­land.

Tom said: “There are English and Turk­ish classes for adults and chil­dren and we’re cur­rently look­ing at how wee can in­crease the num­ber of classes here..

“Ul­ti­mately it is an education cen­tre and we want to ex­pand that part of what we do. That in­volves con­tact­ing oth­err churches, other char­ity groups andd see­ing how we can ex­pand to the restt of the com­mu­nity, in Cam­bus­lang andd be­yond.”

How­ever, the im­me­di­ate pri­or­ity y re­mains sort­ing their roof.

Tom added: “We’re go­ing to work with h VASLAN and ap­ply for lot­tery money too help re­pair the roof and we’re go­ing too start a roof fund, specif­i­cally for re­pair­ing g the roof.

“We’ll have raf­fles, a fete, maybe a Turk­ish night where all the money will l go to­wards the roof.

“We’ll of­fi­cially launch that in the nextt cou­ple of weeks. “

The so­ci­ety are in­ter­ested in any­one who might have ideas about how to help their roof fund.

They can be reached on 0141 390 3899. .

To walk away with char­ity money is the low­est of the low

At home Necdet Sey­i­toglu, Tom Don­nachie and Em­rah Savuk

Hole lot of bother Wa­ter dam­age

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