Opin­ions on fu­ture of new hub wanted

Fa­cil­ity is opened

Rutherglen Reformer - - Road Watch - Dou­glas Dickie

Or­gan­is­ers at Par­ticip8 Over­ton are call­ing on res­i­dents and lo­cla groups to get in­volved with their new com­mu­nity hub.

The fa­cil­ity was opened last week with many peo­ple drop­ping by to have a look and en­joy the re­fresh­ments and good­ies on of­fer.

Part of the event was aimed at en­cour­ag­ing folk to share their opin­ions on what they want to see in the wider Half­way area, which is badly lacking in in­vest­ment.

And Jim Walker, Par­ticip8 sec­re­tary, says they are still look­ing for opin­ions.

“It’s an on­go­ing process,” he said. “We are do­ing a sur­vey which started in the hub and will now go around the com­mu­nity.

“Once we have got that in­for­ma­tion to­gether we will take it from there but it’s been an en­cour­ag­ing start.”

Jim reck­ons the hub will be a per­fect al­ter­na­tive for lo­cal groups and also in­for­ma­tion events.

“The idea is to pro­vide a low cost, or no cost, al­ter­na­tive for lo­cal; groups,” he said. “The charge of hir­ing halls can also be pro­hib­i­tive.

“Even if you have an idea for start­ing an in­clu­sive group, we can help set that up and make the fa­cil­i­ties avail­able.

“An­other thing that was brought up at the open­ing was the prob­lems peo­ple are hav­ing with ben­e­fits.

An idea we have is to link up with the var­i­ous agen­cies such as the CAB or credit union so peo­ple can find out more.”

The hub can be found in the Half­way Precinct just off Hamil­ton Road.

Any­one want­ing more in­for­ma­tion can drop by, go to www.par­ticip8over­ton.com or call 07419171325 .

Jim added: “We’re also look­ing for vol­un­teers.

“For any­thing like this to be a success we re­ally need more peo­ple to come along and help out.”

Group goals The board at Par­ticip8 Over­ton are (from left) Alison Kennedy, Mary Roy, Jane Bro­gan, Mar­garet McDon­ald, Gil­lie Feron and Jim Walker

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