Cornerstone will breathe new life into a prominent building in West Dunbartonshire after successfully negotiating its purchase.
The Carman Centre in Renton was a focal point for the Vale of Leven town before its closure several months ago.
It will now be renovated by Cornerstone, which plans to make the large building its new administrative base, relocating around 20 staff from its Clydebank office.
The Centre will also become home to a new Connects service, which aims to build friendships and community connections, as well as partnerships to support, sustain and integrate local communities and vulnerable groups. A wide variety of activities will be available to the people Cornerstone supports, including catering skills, nature study and drama.
Certain parts of the building, which has multiple spaces - including a large catering kitchen - will be made available to other community groups to lease and, in January, a consultation event will be held at which local groups and members of the community will be invited to see around the building, find out more about the work Cornerstone does and give their views on the types of activities that are required in the area.
Hazel Brown, Cornerstone’s West Regional Director, said Renton was the ideal location for its administrative building given the number of services it already offers in the area.
“We are delighted to be able to base all our West Dunbartonshire services out of the Carman Centre from early next year,” she said.
“The Centre offers a real opportunity to provide activities, including training and learning opportunities, to the people we support as well as providing a hub for the local community, of which many of our staff and people we support are already part. With the acquisition of the Carman Centre and the recent opening of Baxter View, our newly built housing support service, this is a great time to be part of Cornerstone.”
The building was purchased following consultation with the Renton Community Development Trust, which merged with The Carman Centre board in 2009.
Local councillor Jim Bollan, who is on the board of the Trust, said he was very much looking forward to seeing the charity’s plans for the Centre.
“Cornerstone already provide services in the local community of Renton, and I am very pleased that they were able to take on the Carman Centre,” he said.
"Renton is very much in need of additional services so this new development by Cornerstone for the Village is welcome and very exciting."