The Rockfield Centre has been awarded £60,000

The committee said the grant will be put to good use. NO_T50_RockfieldCentre01
The committee said the grant will be put to good use. NO_T50_RockfieldCentre01

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The William Grant Foundation has awarded £60,000 to The Rockfield Centre (TRC) in Oban.

This latest award forms part of a package of funding secured to complete phase 2 of the capital works on the main building.

This substantial award from the Foundation enables Oban Communities Trust (OCT) to keep the capital works at The Rockfield Centre on track for completion in spring 2020.

The William Grant Foundation’s vision is for a Scotland where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Removing barriers to opportunities and reducing disadvantage is pivotal to the foundation, as is nurturing strengths and talents to protect, promote and sustain culture and physical environment in a way that strengthens communities.

The four main tenets of the William Grant Foundation of health and social causes, youth opportunities, natural and built environment and Scottish culture and heritage are mirrored by The Rockfield Centre’s four themes of Arts and Culture, History and Heritage, Education and Enterprise and Community Wellbeing.

Eleanor MacKinnon, project facilitator said: ‘We are delighted the William Grant Foundation has awarded us this fantastic amount. It will be put to great use to provide exactly the facilities the foundation supports.’

Gordon McNab, OCT chairman added: ‘The Rockfield Centre is showing there is national support for such a facility in Oban and that we can provide the range of activities that will make a difference to our communities.

‘That’s why the community bought the building, and once completed, everyone will reap the benefits from this worthwhile project.’

The renovation of the former primary school building in the centre of Oban is more than half way through the works programme being carried out by local contractor TSL.

The renovation of the windows and stonework, roof work and ventilation systems is almost complete with exterior painting well under way.

Internally, the services fit out has begun and with this funding added to the package, areas such as the lift and external stairs will be completed over coming months.

Fundraising will continue to support the interior fit out of all spaces to accommodate the variety of activities planned.

OCT is fortunate to have a range of community volunteers, organisations and local businesses across Argyll – and indeed nationally – all helping with the planning and flow of the working space and specialist requirements needed to complete the transition to a fully functioning cultural community hub for all to enjoy.

Meanwhile the range and diversity of activities at the community huts continues to grow not just with the Rockfield Centre programme but also with a variety of activity from those who use the huts for classes, events, gatherings and meetings.

Ms Mackinnon added: ‘If you’re looking for variety then the centre certainly offers it. How many people can say they go to work in the morning for a serious conference call about building works to within 10 minutes be talking about belly dancing classes and by lunchtime be singing Baby Shark with the mini-music club.  The range of classes continues to grow and provide something for everyone. Check out our website and what’s on for details.’

Nick Addington, chief executive of the William Grant Foundation said: ‘The William Grant Foundation is delighted to be supporting the redevelopment of The Rockfield Centre, led by the Oban Communities Trust.

‘The foundation is particularly interested in supporting community assets that deliver strong social outcomes and enrich lives and communities. We recognise the wide benefits that this will bring to people who live in and around Oban and congratulate the trust and the local community for the significant progress they have made.’