Fu­ture of To­ry­glen Hall se­cure

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

The fu­ture of a cen­tre which tack­les iso­la­tion amongst older peo­ple and pro­vides an out­let for chil­dren has had its fu­ture se­cured for three years.

To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall yes­ter­day, Wed­nes­day, re­ceived a £115,000 grant from the Big Lot­tery Fund.

The cash will al­low the hall at Prospecthill Cir­cus to con­tinue to de­liver a range of ac­tiv­i­ties for pen­sion­ers in the area in­clud­ing a weekly lunch club and art class.

It will fund the wages of four mem­bers of staff at the cen­tre and con­trib­ute to the gen­eral run­ning costs of the fa­cil­ity un­til 2019.

Linda Wil­son, chair­woman of To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall Com­mit­tee, said the fund­ing would al­low the hall to cater to even more peo­ple as a num­ber of the ac­tiv­i­ties will be sub­sidised.

She said:“We see the fa­cil­ity as a valu­able com­mu­nity as­set and, as its guardians, we want to en­sure that it is a sus­tain­able fa­cil­ity that meets the needs of our di­verse com­mu­nity.

“We be­lieve that our or­gan­i­sa­tion is at the heart of the com­mu­nity. The hall en­riches the lives of in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties through arts and dance and it is a so­cial cen­tre for a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, tack­ling so­cial iso­la­tion and fos­ter­ing in­clu­sion through ser­vices pro­vided.”

Eve­line Mc­Nair, man­ager of To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall, said the hall is cur­rently used by ap­prox­i­mately 275 peo­ple who at­tend events run by the cen­tre, and or­gan­i­sa­tions who host their own ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ex­plain­ing the of­fer­ing at the cen­tre will in­crease in the fu­ture, Eve­line said:“We will con­tinue to im­prove and adapt our ser­vices that meet the iden­ti­fied need of our com­mu­nity.”

Mau­reen McGinn, chair­woman of Big Lot­tery Fund Scot­land, said:“I am de­lighted that To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall is one of 60 groups shar­ing in our lat­est grants to­talling over £17 mil­lion.

“This is life chang­ing money which will sup­port peo­ple and fam­i­lies fac­ing chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances and I wish To­ry­glen Com­mu­nity Hall ev­ery suc­cess as it goes on to de­velop and ex­pand this valu­able project.”

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