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Following the government advice/instructions regarding reducing social contact, we have decided it is time to close the GMC to meetings.

This has been a difficult decision for us but in light of recent directives by the Government aimed at reducing social contact in order to slow the spread of the Covid 19 virus we feel it would be irresponsible of us to allow meetings to continue.

I had been hoping we could maintain this service particularly for AA and NA groups but unfortunately the seriousness of the situation at large, and also our duty of care towards staff, overrides this.

I hope you agree.

There are still two activities which I am hoping we can safely continue. These are :

1) Food distribution on Friday

and 2) Refugee Survival trust (RST) Grant application processing by CWIN

The food distribution will be made from the Basement fire exit door to the old Tearoom.

The RST grants will be dealt with at the glass door or hatch at the outer reception by the main door. The hours when these applications will be accepted is to be greatly reduced and I will make another post when this has been agreed with CWIN.

The office remains open at present and I can still be contacted via email info@garnethillmc.co.uk .

I should also say that even this low level of opening may change due to either government directives or staff illness. 

I will keep you updated on any further developments

Stay safe and stay at home unless absolutely necessary

Ross

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Just to update what’s happening in the Centre at this uncertain time : the Centre is still open however, many of the groups have suspended their activity indefinitely. So far, the Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, ESOL classes, Chinese Opera, Chinese Women’s Assoc, Citizens Advice Surgery, Positive Action Surgery, Capoiera, Yoga, Jitterbug, Afterschool Clubs, Assoc of Retired Persons and Councillor’s Surgeries have all suspended activities.

This is a constantly changing situation and we are following ongoing Government Advice, so this list is likely to increase.

The office is still open so feel free to phone 0141 332 9765 if you require any further up to date information.

One more thing, we have decided to cancel our monthly Pensioners Tea Dance scheduled to take place on Wednesday 1st April. Unfortunately we have no individual contact details for our regular attendees so please share this post in the hope of reaching out to them. As the situation develops I will post more information here and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Garnethill.Multicultural.Centre/

Ross

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Development Worker ( Grants & Bulding Refurb.)

This post is funded by the Scottish Government Scottish Land Fund

Contract length – One Year

Start Date – anticipated May 2020

Salary £23,756 p.a.

Hours – 35 (Flexible)

Job Summary

Garnethill Multicultural Centre provides a facility to the local community for a variety of activities and meeting space for a diverse number of different community groups.

The Development Worker “grants and building refurb” will work to identify potential funding sources in relation to building refurbishment to meet the aims and objectives of the centre, its facilities and activities.

The successful applicant will work with the board and staff on funding strategies and making funding applications for grants to support the Centre’s ongoing maintenance, refurbishment, facilities and activities. You will also participate in management’s decision making process; draw up proposals and help set long and short-term goals.

For full Job description and details of how to apply – email request to info@garnethillmc.co.uk

Closing Date for Applications 4pm Friday 20th March 2020

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Garnethill Multicultural Centre has now legally completed the purchase of the building at 21 Rose Street from the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Thanks to the Scottish Land Fund we have now entered into a new period of Community Ownership. 7th Feb will go down as a significant date in our history.
The next challenge is to attract the funding to renovate the building. We have also received funding to employ a Development Worker for 1 year to help with this, so look out for our recruitment notices soon, and please share with friends and colleagues.

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Garnethill Multicultural Centre

Job Advert

Job Title – Centre Manager

This post is funded by the Glasgow Communities Fund (pending)

Contract length – funding dependant

Start Date – April 2020 (flexible)

Salary £23,756 p.a.

Hours – 35

For full Job description and details of how to apply – email to info@garnethillmc.co.uk

Closing Date for Applications – Midnight 16th Feb 2020

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Garnethill Multicultural Centre is delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Land Fund to purchase the building at 21 Rose Street from the Archdiocese of Glasgow.

This is a great moment in the history of the Multicultural Centre. The Board of Trustees and Staff have worked hard over the last 9 months in pursuit of our goal to bring the Centre into Community Ownership. We are confident that the legal process transferring ownership to the GMC should be complete within this financial year.

We hope that this moment is a stepping stone towards our ultimate goal of attracting the capital funds required to carry out a complete renovation of the building.

A big thanks also, to the local community, to the many individuals and groups who use the Centre and our elected representatives for supporting our application.

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The AGM of Garnethill Multicultural Centre will be

on Monday 28th October at 7.30pm

This year the AGM is of particular importance for the Garnethill community and I hope you will be able to attend.

At last year’s AGM the membership were overwhelmingly supportive of the Board proposal to pursue community ownership funding to purchase the building from our current landlord the Archdiocese of Glasgow and consequently redefining the boundary for membership. In the last 12 months, the Board of Trustees have been working particularly hard to achieve the ambition of our members.  Along with consultants, we have held various community consultation events and the community of Garnethill and existing Users of the building have shown themselves to overwhelmingly support community ownership.

We had applied to the Scottish Land Fund (SLF) and we were successful in receiving Stage 1 development funding of £15,000. Our SLF Stage 2 application has also been submitted and we are currently waiting to hear if we will be successful in being awarded £266,000 towards the community ownership purchase of the building, which is  95% of the agreed purchase price of £280,000. Within the SLF stage 2 application we also applied for additional funding  for ‘immediate building works’ to help address the current dampness issue in the basement, urgent structural engineering investigations into the ‘pinning’ of the 22 supporting gable bolts & for a new 2 year funded Development Officer to help oversee the refurbishment project & community development opportunities.

This funding is only available to clearly defined geographical communities.  The Multicultural Centre was established 31 years ago by Garnethill Residents, when the organisation changed to a SCIO in 2011 the wording on the existing constitution was amended; this unfortunately has led to the GMC not having a clearly defined boundary and restricts our ability to obtain large grants. As discussed at the last AGM, it is important that we revert back to the original clearly defined Garnethill boundary.

Full membership will once again revert back to Garnethill residents, though in acknowledgement to the fantastic contributions from our neighbours out with the boundary of Garnethill we would wish to maintain their membership under ‘associate’ status. We propose that all non-Garnethill residents have the opportunity to take up associate membership which will allow up to three non-Garnethill residents to sit on the Board, with voting rights, to represent User groups. Please find attached a new electronic ‘associate membership’ form; if these changes apply to you, please complete the associate membership form and email or hand into the office.  Existing Garnethill resident’s membership will continue. We have also attached a map of the previously used Garnethill boundary (used since incorporation in 1989 to 2011), which will once again be adopted.

Please also see attached proposed constitutional amendments. The amendments have been modified in line with comments received from Trustees and with input from our consultants and the Scottish Land Fund (SLF). Please note that we will not get SLF community ownership funding to buy the building if our constitution is not updated to reflect the lottery’s guidelines on community ownership. We have been told this by the SLF.  If our constitution is updated accordingly, we will hear if we have been successful in obtaining SLF funding (the £266,000 to buy the building) by 15th Nov 2019. Which could see the GMC being purchased and owned outright by the community by March 2020 (conveyancing and legal work can take a couple of months).

This is an exciting time for the Garnethill community, if we are able to purchase the building, we are hopeful that we can go on to attract further funding  for desperately needed renovation work to the Multicultural Centre – which has been costed at £500,000+.

The staff and volunteer trustees have a lot of work ahead of them and we hope that you will support our community ownership & refurbishment plans by coming along to the  AGM on Monday 28th October @ 7:30pm. We urge you to support the constitutional amendments in order that we can secure a brighter future for the Centre and the hundreds of people who benefit from its activities.

Please contact (info@garnethillmc.co.uk) me if you require any further clarification, we will be happy to answer all queries. We thank everyone for their continued support of Garnethill Multicultural Centre.

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