Opening Late Summer 2018
The Gorebridge Beacon is the new community hub for the community of Gorebridge. The Trust took on the project of building the new multi-purpose building when the old Brown Building was no longer safe or fit for purpose, a community space that many were upset to see go. We hope that the new community space will, in time, become a resource that creates happy memories for the people of Gorebridge.
Despite being a great place to live, Gorebridge has many challenges. The Scottish Executive’s Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016 identifies several areas in Gorebridge (and some of our village neighbours) that suffer from levels of poverty and health inequalities in the worst 15% in Scotland. This is further compounded by the lack of opportunities for people of all ages, whether educational, cultural, social or economic. The Beacon building won't solve this, but space, that belongs to the community and is led by the community will ensure that local needs are met in a space that is inspiring, welcoming, accessible and fit for that purpose.
The delays to the project have been immense, the loss of the first contractor set the project back a year, and 6 weeks from opening in 2017, an arson attack took place, which has taken over another year to complete all the fire rectification works. The support of the community, partners, funders has brought us back on track to deliver what we promised to the people of Gorebridge, your help will forever be appreciated.
Gorebridge now has an inspiring, beautiful, new, community-owned and led facility that will offer something from everyone who lives, works and visits here. We have a real opportunity to make a building a home for the community, a place to learn, grow, socialise, work, play with a real opportunity to address the inequalities that are in our village. The Beacon has the potential to make a significant contribution to continue the work of regenerating our village from an industrial past to a bright, inclusive future.
Gorebridge Community Development Trust Will Continue to Contribute By
bring together a community-led steering group for the Beacon to ensure all voices are heard from a range of groups and individuals;
- create 7 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs created as a result of the build;
- offer exceptional volunteer opportunties and support to develop skills;
- expand opportunities for businesses in the area to use the Beacon;
- ensure that Beacon is available when the community needs it;
- social engagement with a range of normally hard to reach audiences to encourage them to be involved in the future delivery of what happens at the Beacon;
- support for all ages through continued conversations to deliver activities and events that needed and wanted;
- improved health and wellbeing of children and young people addressed through opportunities for physical play activities;
- skills development and training opportunities for adults and young people that lead to greater chances of employment;
- fundraise, where appropriate, to help individuals and groups take part in activities that are meaning rich;
- create opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential.