Rock­field Cen­tre gets cash wind­fall

The Oban Times - - News -

THE Rock­field Cen­tre in Oban has been granted de­vel­op­ment fund­ing of £ 32,423 from the Big Lot­tery Fund.

The sup­port comes at a vi­tal time in the de­vel­op­ment of the cen­tre, with work pro­gress­ing on plans for the main build­ing, which will fo­cus on the four core themes iden­ti­fied from the com­mu­nity – his­tory and her­itage, arts and cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and en­ter­prise, and com­mu­nity well­be­ing.

The com­mu­nity hut in the grounds of the Rock­field Cen­tre is al­ready pro­vid­ing space for a range of ac­tiv­i­ties with de­mand cur­rently at a pre­mium.

Eleanor MacK­in­non, Rock­field’s pro­ject fa­cil­i­ta­tor, said: ‘The funds will en­able us to progress all the tech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tions, gain ad­di­tional spe­cial­ist ad­vice and sup­port the pro­gres­sion of the strate­gic plan which are all re­quire­ments for the next stage of our jour­ney to fund the main build­ing pro­ject.’

Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust has been work­ing to de­velop the Rock­field Cen­tre since tak­ing own­er­ship of the for­mer pri­mary school build­ing in May 2015.

The aim is to de­velop a flex­i­ble com­mu­nity- owned venue as a cen­tre of cre­ativ­ity in the heart of Oban that serves both lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and vis­i­tors to the town. The cen­tre is a char­ity and so­cial en­ter­prise which has al­ready cre­ated a pos­i­tive so­cial im­pact through its ac­tiv­i­ties. A var­ied pro­gramme of events con­tin­ues to be hosted by the cen­tre and many other part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Ron­nie Neil, a trustee of Oban Com­mu­ni­ties Trust, said: ‘The Rock­field Cen­tre team is de­lighted with news of the Big Lot­tery fund­ing award. This is an­other pos­i­tive step along the road to turn the Rock­field Cen­tre vi­sion into re­al­ity.’

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