December 12, 2007
Bambury Centre takes top award
Located in the heart of Glasgow’s East End, the Bambury Centre is a community owned and managed facility which is playing a key role in the regeneration of the Camlachie community. Its work was recognised in the recent SURF awards
PROJECT ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT
The Bambury Regeneration Company was established in November 1998 after a number of years of consultation and development within the community of Camlachie, Glasgow. The aim of the company is to initiate projects and programmes which provide essential information and advice relating to training, education, employment, self employment and health matters, as well as providing small business units for locally based community organisations. It also sets out to introduce and increase local capacity building measures aimed at raising skill levels and skills for employment and finally will seek to address literacy and numeracy problems.
The Bambury Regeneration Centre represents the focal point for the local regeneration process within Camlachie and reflects the strategic objectives of the East End Social Inclusion Partnership. Camlachie Housing Association, as part of the appraisal process, carried out a social study, prior to the establishment of The Bambury Regeneration company. The study highlighted high levels of economic inactivity, low levels of educational attainment, and low levels of marketable employment skills. There was however an under-utilised resource of the resident’s commitment to actively participate in proposals aimed at enhancing the opportunities within the community. In order that this resource could be fully developed the community required to be convinced that their input was of value and would be treated as such.
The Bambury Regeneration Centre consists of the following facilities:
•IT Training Suite
•3 business units
•Youth training centre
•Outdoor football pitch.
In addition works carried out to the surrounding landscape have made the area safer
and have provided a more attractive environment for residents and for future economic and social development initiatives.
PROJECT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
•Support lifelong learning, job and training access
•To initiate projects and programmes to provide essential information and advice on
relating to training, education, employment, self-employment, health matters.
•It also sets out to introduce and increase local capacity building measures aimed at
raising skill levels and skills for employment and finally will seek to address literacy
and numeracy problems.
•Promote a range of opportunities for community participation in regeneration and
•Reduce the impact of poverty through increased availability/accessibility of
information and advice
•Reduce exclusion and inequality
•Improve cultural and recreational opportunities.
Employment Training and Guidance, Financial Inclusion, Community Capacity Building,
Childcare, IT familiarisation and upskilling and recreational facilities.