Third Force News, by Gareth Jones
The doors have opened at a new community facility in Edinburgh.
The Broomhouse Hub was opened last week by Jackie Kay, Scottish Makar, and Frank Ross, the Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh Council.
The National Lottery Community Fund, Scottish Government and the City of Edinburgh Council have helped to create the vibrant centre in place of the old Broomhouse Centre.
A total of £3.2m was spent on the new hub, which is twice the size of the old building and will allow a range of activities to take place.
Operated by charity Space, the building will house 26 staff and more than 340 volunteers.
Bridie Ashrowan, chief executive of Space and Broomhouse Hub, said: “Today, I feel very proud of everyone involved in this project, it is an overnight success in 30 years, and wholly based on team work!
“In essence, this is a place which I feel has an optimism for the future, and welcoming to all. It is about the values of Scotland today and in the future, values that are real in this community and organisation, and at its heart we aspire for it to be a place of kindness.”
Neil Ritch, Scotland director for the National Lottery Community Fund, said: “The Broomhouse Hub is a brilliant illustration of National Lottery money reaching into communities and changing lives and I am delighted to see this centre officially open.
“It’s not just the bricks and mortar the National Lottery Community Fund has supported, we’re also really proud to be funding many of the groups operating activities in the new hub, from those working with young people to those delivering on dementia.”