Clyde Community Hall

Organisation statement:

Clyde Community Hall is a new community hub service Ibrox, Govan and Kinning Park. The hall provides very affordable space for community groups and charities to bring much-needed services to the area including mental health services, drama for adults with disabilities, wheelchair basketball, lunch clubs for over 55s and much more. The hall also runs a training café, providing cheap, healthy food cooked by trainees who are working towards a catering qualification.

Commitment to digital participation:

This programme will see Clyde Community Halls bring three hours of digital skills classes per week - focused on job search, CV writing, benefits application and upskilling - to the heart of Ibrox. The classes will be delivered by a local organisation who have been delivering community IT classes for more than a decade. The organisation brings up to 15 laptops, their own wifi connection and years of experience in supporting people to improve their skills and - ideally – find work or volunteer opportunities. The classes are pitched at all abilities – from absolute beginners to the more skilled surfer. One of the tutors is a BME woman who started out as a class participant, she is now delivering classes and will help break down language and cultural barriers in the area. The classes will be advertised across Ibrox / Govan and Kinning Park and will be initially targeted at working age people who will be hit hard by the roll out of Universal Credit in Glasgow from August. We know that the hardest hit people will most likely be the over 50s who are years from claiming a pension but often further away from the jobs market due to lack of digital skills / access to the internet. We are also applying for funding for two large ipads / tablets which will be secured within the hall and available for hire by local people for benefits application / job searches – we will not charge for use of the iPads but residents will need to show ID to book the ipads out and they will be asked to use the ipads within the café area. The Facilities Administrator who managers the hall will also be trained to support anyone using the ipads to complete Universal Credit applications, complete job searches and job centre forms.

Support wanted:

Equipment and training and knowing where to find the best online information and instruction, especially for people not so used to using the internet or digital tools.

Third Sector category: Community, Social or Economic Development