Kinning Park Complex is an independent community space on the south side of Glasgow that provides a platform for a wide range of activities for the local community.
These activities are designed with the intention of bringing people together, helping reduce isolation, building friendships and creating a real sense of community.
Their services and activities include affordable halls for rental, kitchen facilities, office space and studios for local dance and sports groups, artists, musicians and other community projects.
Kinning Park Complex is house in an old red sandstone building, built in 1916 as an addition to Lambhill Street Primary School. In 1976, the building was converted into the Kinning Park Neighbourhood Centre and run by the council.
Local residents and supporters had to fight to keep the complex open in 1996 due to council cuts. This followed a 55-day sit in. Their determination and passion of the local community is the reason Kinning Park Complex exists today as an independently run organisation.
In 2018, residents formed a new SCIO and with the intention of purchasing the building to ensure the centre continues to serve local people and others who need it. Initial funding of £1.2m was secured from the Scottish Land Fund and Big Lottery to make the purchase – and to begin major repairs.
However, they are still seeking another £700,000 to finish the renovations – and are currently running a crowd-funding campaign that will give them the time and space to source these funds. You can donate to the crowdfunding page here.
This will help them to achieve their vision of a community centre – run by the community – for the community.
Their goal is to re-open in September 2020 – as a bigger and better community led organisation.
For further info’, contact:
Kinning Park Complex
43 Cornwall Street