Hub is praised by minister

Scottish Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi visits the Gorebridge hub site
Scottish Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi visits the Gorebridge hub site

A community group that is building its own hub in Gorebridge has received a funding boost from the Scottish Government.

Community Empowerment Minister Marco Biagi was given a tour of Gorebridge Community Development Trust’s (GCDT) site and was told about its work constructing a new centre on Hunterfield Road.

The GCDT manages community facilities, provides volunteering and training opportunities for people, and works with local agencies and stakeholders to improve services in the area.

The project has been awarded more than £9,300 through the Strengthening Communities Programme to fund a development manager who will oversee the build of the Gorebridge Community Hub which is due to be completed in spring 2016.

Mr Biagi said: “Since it launched over 10 years ago Gorebridge Community Development Trust has delivered huge benefits to the area by protecting services, promoting events and tackling social isolation.

“By offering training and providing volunteering opportunities it’s building people’s confidence, it’s bringing the community together and making them feel involved in the decisions that matter to them.

“With the Gorebridge station set to reopen as part of the Borders railway line and new houses being built, this hub is coming at an exciting time for the area and I’m delighted the Scottish Government has been able to play a part in its development.

“This kind of community-led regeneration is exactly what we want to see being embraced in Scotland as communities are the ones who know best how to tackle inequalities in their areas.”

Gail Halvorsen, chairman of Gorebridge Community Development Trust said: “We hope that it will be an inspiring place both as a beautiful building and from its many creative uses. It has a function hall, meeting room, café and an innovative play space .

“We are delighted that the Scottish Government is supporting us at this critical stage in the project.”