Glenboig Neighbourhood House (GNH) was established in 2000 in the ex-mining village of Glenboig – a few miles from Coatbridge.
Today, GNH employs around 20 full-time staff and has over 120 volunteers involved. Their services include a café; community shop and a post office. They also provide a variety of employment and training skills; adult learning activities; and other activities designed to engage all age groups with their community.
An additional 80-90 volunteers are also involved with the organisation of its four main annual community events – at Easter, Christmas, Halloween and Gala Day.
Specific services and activities include:
GNH runs a wide range of ‘community learning and development’ activities from Glenboig Community Centre.
Apart from a community café, which also provides employment and skills training, the centre also houses a community shop and a post office. It is also a venue for its wide range of adult learning activities and courses.
The café is open daily and provides home deliveries for pensioners, carers and anyone unable to get to the café for health or any other reason.
Services for children and young people and a Senior Care Project for older people operate 6 days per week.
Older peoples’ services
GNH’s support for older people includes a garden/handyman service, organising respite breaks and a unique telephone wellbeing/befriending service; a regular phone call to ensure older people remain well connected with their community and are informed of social or recreational activity which may be of interest to them.
This service can also reduce feelings of isolation and promote independent living by providing a regular human contact and the reassurance of an early alert system when calls go unanswered – 135 older people have accessed this service in the past year.
GNH has two minibuses serving nursery age children, young people, older people, disabled people and isolated groups and individuals in Glenboig and the surrounding villages who have limited transport options.
The transport enables a door-to-door service for children and older people to attend activities at the community centre. These include a Jelly Bean Club for school aged children, bowling, arts & crafts, and tea dances for older people. Transport for older people is supported by both staff and volunteers, trained as ‘Passenger Assistants’.
For further info’, see:
Glenboig Neighbourhood House
50-52 Main Street
Tel: 01236 875054