Today I was proud to become Chair of Leith Community Centre Association SCIO, which manages Leith Community Centre in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council.
The Community Centre itself is fairly new when considered against the historical nature of Leith, refurbished in 2004 with two large halls, 3 multi purpose rooms, a crèche room, a meeting room and a community café around 3000 people per week use the centre. Around 120 local groups make use of the centre with many being given free lets.
This is no small building, this is a big undertaking. In addition to the usual responsibilities of being trustee of a small charitable organisation I’m going to need to get my head around rather more practical matter.
Thankfully, I am not alone in this. With other trustees and a small staffing team provided by the local authority we all committed to managing & developing the community centre for the benefit of everyone in our community.
Our Community Centre is an important community asset which assists our community to thrive. It is a safe, welcoming & inclusive space and I look forward to working with others to develop the services available at the centre for the benefit of our whole community.
I hope to spend the next couple of months familiarising myself with the building, its services & its users as well as ensuring that the trustees & I are fully equipped to manage the centre moving forward. There are some key issues which need addressed such as changes to our staffing allocation which is impacting upon our opening times, some health & safety issues and some minor organisational matters to resolve.
In 2019 I will be seeking to develop strategies around user engagement and building & service development & delivery.
The future is bright for Leith Community Centre and I know that the trustees, City of Edinburgh Council and centre users have many aspirations for the future, which we can achieve providing we work together.