Where Can The Money Go: Greenock West and Gourock

Several projects have applied for money across Greenock West and Gourock

If you live in this area - you should vote for three projects 

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The projects that have applied for money are:

Heritage Exhibition

 Cost: £1318

We shall be organising a Heritage exhibition in the Watt Hall which will comprise exhibitor stalls showcasing heritage related photos, tours, trails, memorabilia, pamphlets and books. This will also be supported with access to online local heritage resources. We shall be offering a schedule of short presentations from various groups who will give information about the rich heritage of our community. Various topics will include such as Wemyss Bay Station, researching family history, shipbuilding, architecture of the Municipal Buildings, and Greenock’s historic quarter.

Visitors at the event will be able to engage with heritage enthusiasts on a one-to-one basis and learn from their comprehensive knowledge of Inverclyde fascinating social history. The exhibition will be an informal and relaxed environment and information will be provided which gives access to follow up information online.

 

Our Heritage Fair in the Watt Institution aims to celebrate the many ways local people are researching, recording and passing on aspects of their culture which has significance to the way they are living their lives. We shall also visit community groups throughout the summer to introduce them to our group and to engage with more residents. IHN hopes to inspire others to share and celebrate their life stories specifically through oral histories to enable us to preserve the cultural heritage of the current generation for the generations of the future.

 

Garden Workshops

 Cost:£1100

A series of weekend/holiday workshops. The workshops would take place at the garden at Saint Columbas High School. The school is in the process of setting up a garden and would like the local community to be involved with this. The workshops would initially include, planting sunflower seeds in pots to take home, making herb planters and learning/sharing  gardening skills.Inviting the community into the school will have a multitude of benefits for the school and  the local community. These workshops would help build a bridge between the community  and the school. The school garden is a long term project that will need the support and help of the local community. There is also strong research that shows gardening and  working outside improve peoples mental health, which has taken a knock with lockdown.  These events will give people the opportunity to talk and share experiences and skills in an  outdoor setting. It is envisaged that the event will give attendees the skills to look after their own gardens and to be involved in the Siant Columbas' Garden in the coming years.  Giving people the opportunity to learn new gardening skills, be involved in a nurturing an caring project and learn more about the school fits the criteria of the Meloria events perfectly.

 

The event will be open to all members of the local community, with no barriers to taking part.  People of all ages and abilities will be encouraged to participate.  The workshops will be outside allowing people who are nervous about working in groups  indoors the opportunity to be involved. It is hoped that the event will initiate partnerships with the school and its neighbours, that will continue for many years as the school garden grows.

 Lyle Gateway and Your Voice

 Cost: £10,000

In partnership with Your Voice Inverclyde we would like to hold a day and night event in the heart of the west end of Greenock on a Saturday early July. It will take place in the building and grounds of Lyle Kirk. Outdoors there will be arts & crafts/ home baking stalls. Other 3rd sector organisations will be invited to participate and will be given a stall to use as they see fit. Within our community Gardens there will be an emphasis on horticultural activities. Stalls will line the side and front of the building. Throughout the day we will have fun competitions, entertainment and face painting in place for younger children. We will also be serving freshly made pizza directly from our outdoor pizza oven. There will be no hire charge to stall holders and no charges for food on the day. Our plan is too remove as many financial barriers to participation as possible for people. Indoors during the day there will be an opportunity for local people to perform music or to show off other talents. We will also have more stalls, tea/coffee and food. In the evening the space will be transformed ro host a family friendly ceilidh.

 Since March 2020 the provision of spaces where community can occur has been greatly restricted. there is children who have never attended a birthday party nor any other 'normal' events out with their immediate families. increased separation anxiety and underdeveloped social skills, especially in Nursery and early years primary school have been linked to prolonged social isolation due to Covid Lockdown. Our day will provide an opportunity for children to be part of a larger social gathering but one whose size is not overwhelming. They will be there supported by a family member or guardian not only taking part but learning about positive social interactions through observing how the adults interact in their larger social circles. Adults too have missed out on so much of being a part of the community, supporting each other and enjoying being a part of extended networks eating, laughing, and enjoying life together. Our event will provide a safe space with the old familiar feel of a Gala Day.

 

Through our existing drop in cafe Lyle Gateway already brings together people from Wemyss Bay, Inverkip, Gourock, Greenock and Port Glasgow weekly. In addition to this our community garden provides space to Ardgowan Primary School, BB, Scouts, New Scots and other members of the local community. We work closely with iFit supporting people returning from short prison sentences to their community. More recently we have begun to support a group of female New Scots with space and materials for them to learn English quicker in order to help them feel more a part of the wider Inverclyde community. It is hoped that some of the New Scots will be hosting their own stalls, sharing food and specialty coffees from their own cultural heritage. All of these people and groups will be participating either as attendees or hosts

 

The added value of working in partnership with the Community Connector Social Prescribing team at Your Voice is that they have a caseload of identified people who may be disadvantaged in terms of social inclusion, they can encourage folks to attend the event. It will also provide an opportunity for their team to engage with people attending to raise awareness of their role, additional community assets and opportunities people can benefit form, and the importance for individuals to be connected and feel valued within their community, ultimately improving people’s health and wellbeing.

Location: Early July, over the course of a full Saturday

 

Greenock West and Cardwell Bay Community Council

 Cost:£5000

The Greenock West and Cardwell Bay Community Council would like to host a series of afternoon teas within the community council area. These would encourage people of all ages to join together and share a meal. The first event would be held at Cardwell Bay, potentially hiring Cardwell Bay Sailing Club, where the GW& CB CC have held meetings. If the weather is good, the afternoon tea could be held outdoors at The Cove Road play park. Subsequent events may be held at other locations within this community, for example, The RWSABC on The Esplanade. The GW & CB CC would also like to install benches in several areas. The first would be installed at the Cove Road play park. This is an area that is widely used by all generations, and provision of picnic tables will encourage people to rest and enjoy the area. Benches and picnic tables would also be installed at Lyle Hill, Greenock Cemetery, The Esplanade to link the community together.

The GW & CB CC afternoon teas would connect our community, offering an opportunity for people to meet socially, and the benches will provide a meeting point, somewhere to meet as well as being a lasting legacy. The addition of benches would support people of all abilities and provide much needed rest stops in our community.

 

The GW & CB CC afternoon teas would take place in venues across the community council area, connecting all parts of the area. This would be an intergenerational series of events where all in the community are welcomed. The benches provide somewhere for people to meet, to rest, to appreciate the beautiful area we live in. The purpose of the event would be to collaborate in our community and offer a starting point for conversations to signpost all the activities in our area and be able to share opportunities for further events. For example, the opportunity to share news about all the community groups that operate within the area and that the participants could join. The GW & CB CC would be delighted to partner with other organizations, both grass roots and constituted, for example the Greenock West and Gourock Communication and Engagement Group, to share news of, and grow, community activities.  

 

Gourock Primary School PIP(Parents in Partnership)

 Cost: £ 4000

The children at Gourock Primary have not had any large scale activity that encompasses the whole school together since COVID. This would be a fabulous way of not only teaching the children the significance of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee but also bringing all the children together to celebrate as one after being segregated for so long. The plan is to hold a fun day consisting of a Disco, decorate the school and playground with bunting, party games, a visit from the "Queen" herself - an elected one from Primary 7. This would be a fabulous opportunity to thank the children for their resilience during the Pandemic and also alleviate any fears some of the children may have with regards to large scale social gatherings.The children at Gourock Primary have not had any large scale activity that encompasses the whole school together since COVID. This would be a fabulous way of not only teaching the children the significance of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee but also bringing all the children together to celebrate as one after being segregated for so long. The plan is to hold a fun day consisting of a Disco, decorate the school and playground with bunting, party games, a visit from the "Queen" herself - an elected one from Primary 7. This would be a fabulous opportunity to thank the children for their resilience during the Pandemic and also alleviate any fears some of the children may have with regards to large scale social gatherings.

 

Gourock Primary School are open to partnering with Binnie Street Early Years Centre & also plan to invite the Minister of the Parish attached to the school which is Old Gourock & Ashton Church. There is also scope to invite the Greenock Telegraph to document the event. Local businesses will be engaged to provide services to run this event such as live music (DJ), food, drink and games to entertain the children. Other potential ideas are to invite the local Fire Brigade to show/tell the children one of their Fire Engines thus promoting fire safety.

 

The School would schedule the event to run in accordance with the Jubilee date in early June

 

Inverclyde Cricket Club

 Cost:£1100

Family Cricket Fun Day 11th June 2022 (possibly extending to further events dependant on success of first)

The aim of this event is to Increase awareness and hopefully participation in cricket in Gourock/West Greenock and Inverclyde in general. This will give newcomers to the sport an opportunity to try something new and even join a local community club.

Our club's constitution requires Inverclyde Cricket Club to be open to all ages/sexes/religions/ethnicities and currently have a good spread of members. We have a junior section for 8 to 15 year olds who are coached by our fully disclosed junior committee, with senior section dealing with over 16 year olds - oldest member is currently 72. As we recover from the COVID pandemic we hope to take cricket out into the community as we had been doing several years ago, to schools and the likes of scout and Boys Brigade groups. The initial event interest planned for 11th June 2022, but we hope that interest generated by the event will lead to more events for all ages, which could involve the full cricket season through to the end of August 2022.

 

1st Gourock (CDO) Scout Group

 Cost: £4377

We recently have taken on the management via long term lease of Kirn Drive Community Centre and have re-launched it as Coppermine Community Centre. The centre is now busy throughout the week through groups that meet regularly however we are looking to hold more open community events. As part of jubilee celebrations we would like to hold a "street party" which we can do indoors also and utilise the kitchen to provide food. The other thing we would like to do as part of these celebrations/launching as a community hub would be to offer regular community/family cinema days with pop up cafe. We have invested a significant amount of money in the property since moving in back in November with new kitchen, hi tech meeting room and new flooring throughout. We are now ready to open our doors and welcome people in for community events. To cover the one off set up required to deliver this is quoted as £3000 which includes ceiling mounted projector, 5 meter electric retractable screen, sound system and lighting. Jubilee party costs we estimate at £800.

We are already delivering community benefit by the variety of activities meeting monday through to saturday. Evenings are at full capacity and our day time slots are now filling with activities for baby/toddler groups and the elderly. We want to offer more at Coppermine where those who dont attend a group can tap into. The jubilee party and cinema events are perfect for this and an opportunity to come in, grab a chat, a snack or enjoy a movie in the company of others. Our aim is to create a modern community hub where local people feel a connection. We are running this entirely on a voluntary basis with no paid staff.

As previously mentioned we run Coppermine Community Centre voluntarily on behalf of the community. Our aspirations as scouts is to embed ourselves in the community and get involved in initiatives that support health, mental wellbeing, community involvement and social inclusion. We will run these activities as open events to bring people together. We trialled this at the hall after remembrance parade where we had 100+ people back to the centre for some warm food, drinks and a chance to chat. We are ready to do this more regularly. We have a team of 45+ volunteers with a range of skills from catering to project management that can deliver these events and give up their time free of charge.

 

Greenock Medical Aid Society

 Cost £1800

GMAS would like to host two events to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. The events will provide a safe and fun environment providing food and entertainment as part of the party celebrations. Our events will include local members of our community who are in our care, their families, friends and loved ones, and the families and friends of our staff too. We will include our executive board members and our house committee members who are all local people who give back to our community on a voluntary basis. The events will provide an opportunity for everyone to come together and reconnect, allowing us to share our experiences during the past 2 years which has been particularly difficult for our residents and their families who have felt cut off and isolated due to the pandemic.

Our events will include local members of our community who are in our care, their families, friends and loved ones, and the families and friends of our staff too. We will include our executive board members and our house committee members who are all local people who give back to our community on a voluntary basis. The events will provide an opportunity for everyone to come together and reconnect, allowing us to share our experiences during the past 2 years which has been particularly difficult for our residents and their families who have felt cut off and isolated due to the pandemic.

Our events will provide a platform for everyone to come together in a fun way. Our current intergenerational work with Inverclyde Shed, Broomhill Hub, Parklea, Battery Park and Madeira Nurseries will bring together all genders, ages, and cultures within our community. Our local partners will be invited to join in our celebrations, and we will support local businesses to provide us with our entertainment and catering requirements on the day.

Caddlehill Community Green Space

 Cost: £3050

An intergenerational mini arts festival, celebrating the new use of a previously prohibited green space. An all-day inclusive event for the surrounding community featuring:

 

  • Mindfulness/meditation walks                      
  • Street Food
  • Poetry and creative writing workshop          
  • Live music from local artists
  • Teddy Bears' picnic and Storytelling time   
  • Children's activities

 

An opportunity for connection after Covid, conversation, hospitality, art therapy and fun, as a chance to reimagine the possibilities of this new space together as a community.

This festival will encourage the local community to visit this previously prohibited space, particularly those who have no private garden and those who have had little access to this site and contribute their ideas and vision for the future use of the site. We are hoping that this will be interactive on the day, with an 'ideas tree' where folk can discuss, write and display their ideas. We will encourage our multi-cultural neighbours and friends to participate in planning the event to include cross cultural exchange and friendship.

The festival will seek to foster interaction, promote good mental heath through community, and nurture confidence and inclusion in the local area by providing time and space to celebrate together in a safe and fun environment. We will be directly supporting local musicians and artists as well as reaching out to 'sister' green spaces, (eg Broomhill Hub), local schools,(eg Ardgowan),  churches, (eg Hope Church) We will encourage partnerships with local businesses and charities (eg Mindfulness Warrior, Man On, Foodshare, Spar, Porchlight, artist Nicola Young, Yvonne Lyon Music, Reely Jiggered, Urban Folkers, BEP signs and Inverclyde Shed), most of these being in our neighbourhood, or having strong links with.

Greenock Glenpark Harriers: the Chisholm Mile

 Cost: £4722

Greenock Glenpark Harriers (GGH) propose to hold our annual club race, the Chisholm Mile, at the Greenock Esplanade on the evening of Tuesday 24th May 2022. This is a 1 mile race which starts at one end of the esplanade and finishes at the other. The direction of the race is determined by the wind direction on the night. This race has been running for decades but only open to athletes on GGH. As a club we greatly value this race as one of the most inclusive races on our club calendar.

With the distance of the race being 1 mile, the event can cater for children and adults of all ages and abilities. From the youngest children who can participate with their parents to the more experienced athletes who will race to improve their 1 mile time in a competitive race. Should the application for funding be successful the race will open up to all within Inverclyde and we will extend an invitation to clubs across the country. With the central location residents from across the district will be able to attend easily by public transport or on foot. Rather than the traditional 5 and 10k races, this will allow anyone to come and try running at their own pace, creating a sense of achievement while challenging their ability over this distance. For younger children, it’s a chance to inspire a new generation of athletes from the local area to take up the sport, or participate in other sports. Parents/carers and family members can all participate together and encourage one another along the way. How often can children participate in the same event as their parents/carers and friends? The race can provide an opportunity for people to connect, to improve their health and wellbeing and learn about other sporting initiatives in the local area that they may now already know about such as local athletics clubs, parkrun, junior parkrun and so on. Running and athletics really has very limited barriers and anyone can take part. This is why running is so popular across the world. We hope that we can inspire future generations to take up the sport, other sports, through events like this and start building self esteem in turn impacting their lives in a positive way.

Running is a sport that really does not discriminate. Regardless of age, gender, race or ability the event will be open to all providing a truly inclusive event. We (GGH) will work with Inverclyde Leisure, Active Schools and other local sporting groups to encourage participation and attend on the night to promote their own sporting events. Should we be successful in our application we will look to allow local groups to have pop up tents on the esplanade at the start and finish areas to promote services. We can invite local musical and creative groups along to provide entertainment on the night and brining that sense of community feel to the event. We will rely on volunteers to help on the night with marshalling roles, time keepers, stewards and first aid all required to make the event a success. We can ask Volunteer Inverclyde for their support in this and again providing an opportunity for people to get involved who may think they cannot. If allowed small, local business can attend to promote their service with a pop up stall, keeping business local. For those traveling to Inverclyde we can ensure that all marketing material encourages participants to stay and enjoy the scenery and local food/entertainment.