Twechar Healthy Living & Enterprise Centre engaging the whole community

This is the title of the presentation that Sandra Sutton, Chair of Twechar Community Action will be giving at the Enterprise and Collaboration in Community Sport in Scotland which takes place at Murrayfield on 4th December.

This is a one-day event focussing on how Scotland’s community sports providers can benefit themselves and their communities by developing and delivering innovative and enterprising programmes.

This event focuses on how to deliver great, sustainable community sport without compromising your sporting and community objectives. It will highlight best practice and provide thoughts, tools and to-dos on how you too can become a sustainable community sports provider.

Delegates will come from community sports clubs, Community Sport Hubs, governing bodies of sport, local authorities, community sports trusts at our professional and semi-pro clubs, informal sports providers, community sports enterprises, sports governing bodies, community groups and other community sports providers.

Twechar Community Action is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. We were established in April 2001 when the local authority decided to close the Recreation Centre. There was a community sit in and the local authority eventually agreed to hand over the building to the community.

Twechar Community Action was then developed and were successful in securing funding to completely refurbish the centre and transform it into a Healthy Living & Enterprise Centre which was more appropriate to the community’s needs. They are based in and operate the centre which provides facilities for learning, training, health and well-being activities, sport and recreational pursuits as well as offering accommodation for community and youth groups.

The centre is now thriving as a Development Trust and Social Enterprise, operating 7 days a week and provides a hub for the village engaging with a wide cross section of people from all ages and offering a variety of activities and services to support the community. But Twechar Community Action is so much more than just the Centre, through the work of a dedicated group of local residents other organisations have been formed such as Twechar Youth Group and Twechar Environmental Training Project.

Born and bred in the village of Twechar, Sandra Sutton describes herself as a Community Activist who is Chair of the local Development Tust ‘Twechar Community Action’ and a Board Director with Citizens Advice. With an employment background in youth work and social care Sandra has been involved in voluntary work for 20 years in Twechar.

For further details of this event contact svend@smnuk.com or call 01432 326 660.

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