Shona Robison MSP for Dundee East has praised the amazing work of the Maxwell Centre in Dundee’s Coldside.
On a recent visit to the centre the MSP was able to see first-hand the work being done by the centre in engaging residents from the Coldside and Hilltown areas in activities in their award-winning community garden.
These activities include gardening and wildlife clubs for children, allotments for the community, workshops promoting the use of seasonal produce and the reduction of food waste, and the distribution of fruit and veg to the community.
The Maxwell Centre has received a three-year grant of £135,262 from the Big lottery’s Community Led programme to support their ‘Every1’s Garden’ project.
Whilst on a tour of the centre and garden the local MSP met with various groups who also use the centre including Fatemeh’s Persian Art Group: a close-knit group of women who come together to create beautiful artwork.
Shona also met with members of the local FIBR’s Fibromyalgia Support Group; which is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and heightened pain response to pressure.
Finally, the MSP had time to meet some of the local children helping out in the garden and participating in art activities provided by the centre some of whom, who as they have grown older, have become volunteers themselves and mentors to the younger generation.
Commenting on her visit Ms Robison said:
“Since it’s opening the centre has gone from strength to strength and all credit must go to the hard work and dedication of all those involved in helping the Maxwell Centre become a truly invaluable hub for the local community.”
“It was great to see the garden in full bloom and to meet with the local families and children making full use of the centre’s facilities and produce.
“I was also impressed to learn that the centre works with Dens Road, Our Lady’s, St Peter and Paul and Rosebank Primary Schools to provide each school with their own garden plot and hosts gardening groups for the children throughout the year-helping them to learn about food production and get hands-on experience of fruit and vegetable growing whilst teaching them about wildlife and biodiversity through creative activities and observation.”
“I was more than happy to muck in on the day and help with preparing the lunch-I just hope they enjoyed it!”
Notes to Editors:
The Maxwell Centre is committed to improving the quality of life for the local community and to combatting social exclusion, poverty, disadvantage, and discrimination. The centre provides a welcoming and supportive environment in which individuals can learn valuable skills and access essential information. They work with community members to ensure that they are actively involved in the development and provision of services to meet their changing needs.
By working in partnership with a variety of local organisations, They are able to provide a wide range of classes, advice and information services, and support groups. From welfare advice to community gardening, art groups to I.T. classes, the Maxwell Centre aims to empower members of our community to improve their quality of life.
Their work has been recognised through the winning of several awards, including SURF (Scotland’s Independent Regeneration Network) 2014 award for Infrastructure and Social Benefit, ‘Spirit of the Community Award’, and ‘It’s Your Community’ award.