We Need Your Views...... Your experience of using The HUB

Here at The Hub we continually strive for great customer service and are keen to improve the quality of the services/classes/programmes we provide and ensure that we are delivering value. In order for us to achieve this, we need to understand your views.

Please help us out by feeding back to us your experiences of using our facility or what you want out of the services we provide by completing our Survey and answering our 9 quick questions.

Thank you in advance for your time.

Sarah Jane Gregson

Inverkip Community Initiative Chairperson

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Inverkip Community Initiative - A bit about us......

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 library

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 Parties

Fitness Classes

Adult Parties

Fundraising Events

Concerts

Children’s Dance Classes

Martial Arts

Art Group

Cinema Events

Knit & Natter Group

Committee/Group Meetings

Zumba Dancing

Toddler Groups

Adult Soccer 

Hatha Yoga

Slimming Classes

Youth Soccer

Boogie Bugs

Walking Football (Ladies & Gents)

Table Tennis Club

Library Book Bug

Bike Project/Group

Guitar Lessons

Youth Drop In

Tai Chi

Paranormal Studies

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 kevin@inverkiphub.org.uk    

Inverkip Community Hub, Kip Park, Main Street, PA160FZ

Charity Number – SC044383

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Volunteers Needed.......

Could You Be A Volunteer For The Inverkip Community Hub? 

As with other charitable organisations, the Inverkip Hub relies very much on the support of volunteers. Currently the organisation is looking to recruit volunteers for the following positions – 

Secretary to the Board – the Hub requires a secretary to support the work of the Board in - 

Organising, preparing agendas (along with Chair) for, and taking and distributing minutes of board meetings and Annual General Meetings

Maintaining statutory books, including registers of members, trustees, staff and volunteers as appropriate

Dealing with correspondence, collating information, ensuring decisions are communicated to relevant stakeholders 


Hours required - approximately 3 hours every 6 weeks

Good communication, listening and writing skills. Ability to do shorthand would be an advantage but not necessary. It is essential that the volunteer has access to a computer and has experience of Microsoft Word and the use of emails. 

Reception Duties – we are looking for volunteer receptionists (over 16 years old) who can each donate 2 or 3 hours every week to provide a friendly, courteous and helpful welcome to the hub for all its users and visitors. The responsibilities include dealing with users of the Hub, answering the telephone, use of the cash register to take payments and provide receipts, and take bookings for the Hub facilities. Training will be provided on use of the Cash Register and also on the booking procedure. Staff will always be on hand to support the receptionist.  

Caretakers (or Keyholders) - are required to help extend the opening hours of the Hub.  Duties include those of receptionist as well as having the responsibility of the opening and/or closing of the facility. The caretaker will from time to time be operating on their own. Full training will be provided on all aspects of this position. We anticipate using caretakers to cover 2 or 3 hour periods on a weekly basis. Emergency contact details will be provided to caretakers.   

Note – 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 any of these positions please contact the Hub Manager, Kevin Rodgers at 01475 520740 or by email at kevin@inverkiphub.org.uk    

Inverkip Community Hub, Kip Park, Main Street, PA160FZ

Charity Number – SC044383

  

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Judy Murray Foundation Tennis Coaching Sessions

"The Judy Murray Foundation in partnership with Inverkip Community Hub, are running a practical workshop and a parent and child session at the Hub on Sunday 12th May, 2019.


The first session , a practical workshop, runs from 10:00 until 12:00.  At this session, Kris Soutar, the Judy Murray Foundation Projects Manager, will run through a series of exercises and games which will breakdown the skills required for tennis and build them back up in a fun and exciting way. The workshop is perfect for anyone who works with large numbers of people in small spaces, such as nursery staff, school teachers, sports coaches, community workers, as well as anyone wishing to get into sport or tennis.


The second session is for parents and family members with children aged 5-10.  This session runs from 12:00 till 13:00 and Kris will run through lots of fun tennis exercises and games you can play with your children at home. You will play these with your child during the session.  No tennis experience is required and all equipment will be supplied.


To sign up for these sessions please contact Kris on kris@judymurrayfoundation.com or contact Kevin Rodgers at the Hub on kevin@inverkiphub.org.uk    " 

Inverkip Hub Walking Football Festival

Inverkip Hub Walking Football festival

⚽⚽⚽ Friday 29th March ⚽⚽⚽

Inverkip Hub and Morton in the Community hosted a walking football festival on Friday 29th March 1pm till 4pm

The festival for over 50’s included teams from Greenock, Inverkip, and Largs.

28 participants took part with four teams playing four games each all games were streamed live onto the big screen for those waiting to play which was fantastic our very own VAR 📺..

After the football the guys enjoyed home baking and teas, coffees ,biscuits and a light hearted prize giving ceremony with prizes for …🥇…Best nutmeg ……🏆…..worst refereeing decision……🥉…..best hip recovery ....and who spat the dummy out first ....

The awards were presented by Bill Stewart and Mike Drobczuk from the hub .Special thanks to Paddy from Morton in the Community for refereeing also a huge thanks to the teams from Lady Octavia and Largs for taking part .

For more information on the men’s and ladies walking football contact Kevin at the hub on 520740 or Johnny at Morton in the community.

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Blooming Inverkip - Plant Donations Wanted

If anyone is in a garden centre over the Easter weekend or after and are feeling generous BLOOMING INVERKIP would be extremely grateful for any small plant donation that members of the local community may want to make towards our Gardening Scotland Butterfly garden project. 🐛🦋🐛🦋🌺🌼

Our colour scheme is more whites,blues,purple and pinks than red/yellow.💓💜💙

As of now we are looking for plants like Buddleja, Lupins, Scabious, Dicentra, Ivy, Nasturtiums, Verbascum, Thumbergia, Comfrey, Cosmos,Sedums, Lavenders and any other typical cottage type plants that you might fancy donating! 👍🙏

All plants will end up planted on site at the Inverkip HUB!😀

If you are able to do so please feel free to drop plants of at the Inverkip Hub or message us directly!

Thank you all for the support already given!

There will be a garden at Gardening Scotland this year and is coming from INVERKIP!!!!😀😀😀😀

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Gardening Group drop in! All welcome!! Saturday 13th April 2019

Great weather on Saturday for our drop-in 😊


please drop by if you can spare any time to plant some flowers 🌹 💐🌷🌺🌼🌸 and we also have potatoes for the children to plant .


Bob will also be on hand for any gardening tips to help with your own garden planting 🍅🌼🌸🌻😊😊😊


Kevin’s got the tea and rolls ready for lunch 👏👏👏


Oops and the Greenock Telegraph will be down to take some pictures 😊😊😊😊

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Cliff Lyons......A Dearest Friend and Colleague Passing....

It is will deep regret and sadness that we have to announce that our dear colleague and friend Cliff has passed away after a short illness on the 4th of June 2018. Cliff is well known in the local community of Inverkip. He came here many years ago looking for somewhere to keep his boat and quickly fell in love with our small village and ended up making it his home. It was his love for Inverkip that made him contribute so much to the community over the years. He was part of the community council for some time acting as Treasurer then set up Inverkip Community Enterprises with other locals. He often gifted the primary school money for computers, and we were lucky enough to be gifted ourself with a great sound system and retractable seating that makes our community centre second to none. He had a big heart and wasn’t afraid to give and try and make the world a better place. You don’t often meet people like that. Cliff was special. He had a great life and worked hard to get where he wanted to be which allowed him then to give back. And give back he did. We will be forever grateful to the generosity, time and kindness Cliff gifted us. We have already named the main hall after him but I am more that sure in the following weeks we will find other ways to continue his legacy on. 

Cliff will not be forgotten here at the Hub or within Inverkip Community Initiative and we will do all that we can to celebrate and continue his legacy on. 

Good night Cliff, may you rest in peace xxx

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Cliffs funeral will take place on 11am Thursday the 21st of June at Greenock Crematorium. All welcome. 

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*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED ***

Here at the Hub, we value our volunteers and they are an integral part of our service. Without them, we couldn't do what we do. We are currently in need of people whom have a few hours to spare and would like to be part of our Hub cover team. This role would involve manning the front desk and setting up for groups. You would also be required to be a key holder for ourselves. Interested? Then please do not hesitate to contact kevin@inverkiphub.org.uk or sarahjane@inverkiphub.org.uk to arrange a chat. 

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Cheese, wine and a wee bit of crime.......... with acclaimed Author Lin Anderson

Cheese, wine and a wee bit of crime……..

We are delighted to be hosting our first ever Meet the Author event for World Book Day on the 1st of March 2018 with local Author Lin Anderson from 6.30 pm to 7.30pm.

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Lin is an acclaimed crime novelist and screenwriter who was born in Greenock. Her first Novel Driftnet was a Scottish Bestseller and introduced Dr Rhona MacLeod, forensic expert. The series now runs to nine books plus a novella and is published in numerous languages. Her most recent work is Follow the Dead.

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Follow the Dead is the thrilling twelfth book in Lin Anderson’s Rhona MacLeod series.
On holiday in the Scottish Highlands, forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod joins a mountain rescue team on Cairngorm summit, where a mysterious plane has crash-landed on the frozen Loch A’an. Added to that, a nearby climbing expedition has left three young people dead, with a fourth still missing.
Meanwhile in Glasgow, DS McNab’s raid on the Delta Club produces far more than just a massive haul of cocaine. Questioning one of the underage girls found partying with the city’s elite reveals she was smuggled into Scotland via Norway, and it seems the crashed plane in the Cairngorms may be linked to the club. But before McNab can discover more, the girl is abducted.
Joined by Norwegian detective Alvis Olsen, who harbours disturbing theories about how the two cases are connected with his homeland, Rhona searches for the missing link. What she uncovers is a dark underworld populated by ruthless people willing to do anything to ensure the investigation dies in the frozen wasteland of the Cairngorms . . .
— www. amazon.com

Get a copy of Lin's book here....

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You can find more information on Lin on her website or facebook and Twitter.

Entry is free by ticket which can be reserved by calling Inverkip and Wemyss Bay Library on 01475 715 676 or pop into the Hub.

*** This event is in partnership with Inverclyde Council and Inverclyde Libraries***

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***Inverkip Hub Play Park Update***

*** PLAY PARK UP DATE *** We are excited to announce the Play Park at the Hub should be finished on the 28th of February. We will keep you updated on any changes 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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Inverclyde Council Budget Consultation - Have Your Say

🔊WE NEED YOU......... Inverclyde Council are carrying out a consultation on future budgets cuts across many of its current services ....part of this consultation will include Inverkip Library which has been a great success at the new Inverkip Hub with the number of visitors and books out more than doubling since it moved from Wemyss Bay Primary School. We need everyone whom uses this great facility to come along and have your say on it future!!

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Reduction in Central Library opening times, transfer of Inverkip and Kilmacolm to community groups, and closure of South West Library.
Budget saving - £604,000
Staff saving – 11.4

Have your say on the budget cut proposals and the Inverkip library by attending the Inverkip Hub between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesday the 17th of January where Inverclyde Council staff will be in attendance ..

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If you cant make it down, then have your say on the Inverclyde Council Website. 

 

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Andy Richie Sell Out Night with Gerry McDade Scored a Goal at The HUB!!

Our one of a kind evening with Morton legend Andy Ritchie, hosted by Gerry McDade was an absolute success!! Thanks to everyone involved for making the evening a night to remember. Keep an eye out for our future events. 

Just to say thanks for an absolutely top night last night with the legend and gentleman, Andy Ritchie. Andy was funny, entertaining, informative, humble and well just so amazing with everyone. He made us laugh and pretty much cry at times too! His time at the top was too short but boy did he shine brightly!

Inverkip Hub , what a beautiful place!
Everything was spot on - Gerry McDade orchestrated the evening brilliantly, the format, venue , bar and half time pie and all the volunteers and old friends. Massive well done and look forward to the next one!
— Duncan MacGillivray (Facebook)
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Walking Football Commentary by Ex Celtic Skipper Andy Lynch

We managed to catch our very own "Kipper", former Celtic Skipper Andy Lynch off side for a few words about the game that is scoring a goal at The Hub, Walking Football. Andy won three league titles and two Scottish Cups during a seven year spell with Celtic, scoring the winning goal against Rangers in one final. Captain under Jock Stein and Billy McNeill, the winger made 185 appearances before moving to America in 1980 to represent Philadelphia Fury and Montreal Manic. The former Hearts player also went on to manage Manic and Australian side Sunshine Coast. Andy regularly plays Walking Football every Friday and here's what he had to say on the beautiful game......

 

“For several months my good friend Gary Gallagher had been telling me about walking football played at the Inverkip Hub.

I have to admit that I was very cynical about walking football. I asked Gary what the rules were. Was it similar to the traditional five a sides? Can you tackle? Can you even get a sweat up? That was important to me. I didn’t just want to stand about.

Well, after several weeks playing I am thoroughly enjoying it. And yes I am getting a great work out as well!

Walking football is the natural way to go for the older guys who still love to get out and get a wee kick of the ball. Its a perfect scenario to work out at your own pace.

I recently published my own book “Hoops, Stars and Stripes”. In it is a story relating to the time when I was Coaching in Montreal during the North American Soccer League. I had a few neighbouring football friends who invited me to join their 5-a sides on a Tuesday night. Picture a huge indoor football pitch. As the game started with just a few guys in each side the numbers soon escalated as more and more guys were arriving after their work. There were 65 year old business executives, 19 year old plumbers etc. they would just grab a bib and join in. I didn’t think the youth and the seniors would work out, but I was wrong. Everyone finds their level, just like the walking football at Inverkip!”
— Andy Lynch Ex Celtic FC
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You can purchase  “Hoops , Stars and Stripes” at Amazon and if you buy it through Give as You Live, you also raise money for The Hub.  

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Walking football at The Hub is in partnership with Morton Community Trust and is on every Friday between 1pm and 2.30pm. We are encouraging all men and women aged 50+ of all abilities to take part — and enjoy the benefits of getting active in later life.

There is no fee, but participants contribute about £2 a week to go towards after-match refreshments.

More information is available by calling Kevin at the Hub on 520740 or Brian McLaughlin of GMCT on 731949

We would like to thank Andy for contributing to our blog and also for use of the pictures. And a BIG THANK you to Sports Journalist Peter McVitie for his help in producing this blog with his footballing knowledge. You can follow Peter here. 

 

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