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Hundreds Turn out to Celebrate first anniversary

06 April 2016

On Thursday 31st March  it was standing room only at the St Francis Centre in the heart of the Gorbals as the community came together to celebrate the first anniversary of the Spirit  of 2012 Fourteen programme and all that hadSOC Anniversary1 been achieved in the past year.

The Young Deciders, Bookbug, the Friday group, South Side Star and Topple the King were among the many grantees that came along to share in the success of the past year. Groups that had received funding showcased their journey through photographs and video and the evening included entertainment from Giving It Laldie and the St Francis Pipe Band.

Gorbals was one of 3 Glasgow communities to be awarded up to £250,000 by the Spirit of 2012 Fourteen programme to design and run a range of activities to increase participation levels in sport, arts, volunteering and youth development relevant to the needs of their community over a 3 year period.

The first year has been a great success with over £100,000 awarded so far to projects run by local people and groups. These include Gorbals Youth Drop in Café to support a youth panel; the Southern Necropolis Action Group to learn dance techniques; Children 1st for arts and crafts sessions and playground sports games; funding for Family Addiction Support Services to run a weekly activity class and a grant to local resident Taylor Raeburn who planned and ran a Xmas party with the help of other young people.

Bookbug who had a stall at the event has received grants for various projects.  The latest grant is from the Get Set programme to extend their volunteer training. Linda Muirhead Bookbug Co-ordinator said, “It was a great event, a true showcase of how the community has worked together this year.  It is wonderful to see so many people coming along – what the Spirit Fourteen programme is all about.”

SOG Anniversary 2Kim Soliman from Foundation Scotland, appointed to deliver the Spirit 2012 Fourteen programme in central Scotland said, “The aspiration behind Fourteen is that it will lead to a better connected, more inclusive community where people are more inspired and able to contribute to make a difference.  There is no doubt that in the short space of 12 months, the Gorbals community has embraced this challenge and if the turn out tonight is anything to go by it has been a huge success. I am looking forward to working with the local panel, youth panel and the wider community in the coming months to build on their achievements.”

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