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Riverside Hall

17 December 2014

Since the decline of the ship building industry, Govan on the south side of Glasgow is often characterised by its high levels of poverty, disadvantage and unemployment.

But since 1981, Riverside Hall has been at the heart of the local community providing a safe place for people to socialise, improve their health and wellbeing and build community spirit.

The Hall is open seven days a week and hosts wide range of community sports clubs, social events and meetings giving local people of ages, needs and abilities a safe place to meet and interact with friends and neighbours.

More than five hundred people use the hall in some form every week including; two youth clubs, a pensioners lunch club, disabled groups, a stroke club, summer play schemes, martial arts classes and many more.

The hall is a well-loved community resource and has two part time members of staff and twenty-five volunteers and committee members who work hard to ensure it is enjoyed by all the people it serves.

In 2012, Riverside Hall was awarded £1500 from Foundation Scotland via the Ballie Gifford Community Awards Fund to buy a new gas cooker.

A new cooker was vital to allow the pensioners’ lunch club to continue to provide hot meals for over sixty elderly people every week, as the previous one had fallen into a state of disrepair. It is also used by a number of other groups in the community who provide various snacks, hot meals and even cookery classes.

Local residents and volunteers are delighted with the new cooker, which has improved services and made using the kitchen area safe again.

Alison Gilmour, Riverside Hall said, “Our hall is a hub of activities in the Govan area and since we had a major revamp it has opened its doors to new groups starting up in the hall. We provide over thirty user groups ranging from Mother & Toddlers, youth groups, mental health groups, a stroke and judo club."

Mrs Christina Smith, aged 79, said, “I have been going to the Riverside for my lunch for over four years now every Wednesday, I use two walking sticks and do not get out very often, therefore I look forward to my lunch.”

She adds, “I have met a lot of new friends and it has really brightened up my week. The staff and volunteers are magnificent and are always on hand to assist us in any way they can. It has enabled a lot of people my age to get out the house and enjoy the company, get a hot meal in a warm friendly environment. I would recommend the hall to everyone.”

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