£ 1million to develop Inverclyde garden hub


SUCCESSFUL Inverclyde horticultural organization set to thrive after securing over £ 1million to regenerate its base.

The Inverclyde board has partnered with Parklea Branching Out (PBO) to redevelop the Port Glasgow charity into a multi-purpose community center.

The project received £ 1.1million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) 2022/23 to complete the plans following a joint funding offer.

The huge financial boost will pave the way for the improvement of existing facilities and outdoor spaces and allow the creation of a new building comprising of offices, meeting spaces, accessible washrooms and changing rooms, a community cafe, training facilities and retail space in the garden.

The Port Glasgow Charity was established in 1997 and uses horticulture to provide training, work experience, supported employment, and recreational and social facilities to a variety of people, including young people and adults with additional support needs.

Parklea Branching Out, Port Glasgow, Fundraising Announcement. Pictured, left to right, Councilor Stephen McCabe, Connor Moran, Sharon Gemmell, Councilor Michael McCormick, Robert Kelly and Councilor Chris Curley.

Sharon Gemmell, Director of Parklea Branching Out, said: “The PBO Board and Team are absolutely delighted to hear the news.

“The RCGF will enable the PBO to advance the regeneration and development of the new Parklea Community Center, which will become the focal point for our clients with a learning disability and additional support needs and will bring our facilities into the 21st Century to meet the needs of customers and the community, removing barriers to current and future participation.

The charity is based next to the Parklea community sports facility.

The development will support the group’s growing range of activities for people with additional support needs and the wider Inverclyde community.

Parklea Branching Out Funding Announcement
Parklea Branching Out, Port Glasgow, Fundraising Announcement. Pictured, alongside staff and service users, manager Sharon Gemmell, far right, and advisers Michael McCormick, second from left, Stephen McCabe, second from right, and Chris Curley, far left.

Councilor Michael McCormick, Head of Environment and Regeneration of Inverclyde Council, said:, to regenerate and redevelop their existing facilities.

“It’s no surprise that due to the excellent work of staff and service users, they have outgrown their existing infrastructure. This funding will therefore pave the way for a new multi-purpose community center for the benefit of the residents of Port Glasgow and Inverclyde. .

“I look forward to seeing this exciting project develop and see it helping more residents work and train under the local Inverclyde Works program to create and promote new employment opportunities. “

In addition to working with adults and children with learning and / or physical disabilities, the association also supports people with mental health problems, school-leavers, young people and the long-term unemployed. , seniors’ groups and community groups.

Parklea also offers training in partnership with the community, learning and development service of the municipality at SVQ level in horticulture and employability programs.

Following the announcement of government funding, council officers will continue to work closely with the PBO board and management to develop detailed plans and timelines to move the project forward.

For more information on Parklea Branching Out, visit parkleaassociation.org.uk.

Funding announcement: https://www.gov.scot/news/grants-to-revitalise-quarterhoods/


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