Inverkip Community Initiative was set up as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in October 2013 to establish, manage and maintain a new community hub for the benefit of the local community and surrounding areas. The organisation is a registered charity with the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator.
The Hub was opened in January 2017 with the objective of providing and improving services and facilities at a level which meets the needs of the community. The Hub’s facilities create opportunities for learning, sporting, health recreational and social activities and ultimately improve the quality of life and health and wellbeing of local residents.
The building has been designed for multi-purpose use with all facilities available on one level. The accommodation comprises -
A Multi-Purpose Hall
A Kitchen – the kitchen provides catering facilities for community centre users and for any community events taking place in the centre. It does not operate on a commercial basis however and as such is not regarded as a major source of income generation for the Community Facility.
A meeting room which can be used for either group or private meetings
A Training Room
A 3G outdoor 5 a-side football pitch
A community garden area
Toilet facilities including disabled access
A very generous donation from a local resident has enabled Inverkip Community Initiative to install high quality sound, lighting and projection equipment, as well as retractable seating for approx. 100 people. This we believe has given us a unique selling point regarding lets for the main hall. This provides a great deal of flexibility in the use of the hall e.g. cinema evenings, conferences, theatre, music and variety shows, as well as dances, parties and other events.
The following is a list of the current groups/activities in place -
Children’s Dance Classes
Knit & Natter Group
Walking Football (Ladies & Gents)
Table Tennis Club
Library Book Bug
Youth Drop In
The facilities are also used by local organisations for meetings, training workshops and conferences as well as, local councillors for surgeries, Inverkip Day Care (Inverclyde Council), Inverclyde Council Adult Education Classes, and Inverclyde Carers Centre.
The library, run by Inverclyde Council has proved very successful with footfall continuing to rise on a monthly basis. Since opening, numbers have doubled from the previous library location. Current monthly average is around 900 books issued and 1000 visitors per month.
The community facility is available for use 7 days per week between the hours of 9am and 10pm.
The Hub is governed by a Board of Trustees (currently 12), who meet every six weeks. A full time Manager is in place with 3 part time staff supporting him to run and operate the facility on a daily basis.
As with other charitable organisations, the Inverkip Hub relies very much on the support of volunteers. All volunteers will be put through Induction training and will receive specific training relevant to the position they take up. Any other training courses required will be funded by Inverkip Community Initiative.
If you are interested in volunteering with ourselves, please contact the Hub Manager, Kevin Rodgers at 01475 520740 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inverkip Community Hub, Kip Park, Main Street, PA160FZ
Charity Number – SC044383