A former primary school in Sighthill, which has been transformed into a new community hub, will be officially opened today (Monday 4 April).
Gate 55 is in the former Westburn Primary School, and offers training rooms, youth and children’s services, adult learning and community development services, library and information services, employment advice services, interview spaces as well as facilities for community groups to use.
The centre, developed through a partnership between the City of Edinburgh Council and Stevenson College Edinburgh, provides adults and young people with access to a range of learning and training opportunities in literacy and numeracy, parenting programmes, skills development and accredited learning.
Activities such as Zumba, carpet bowls, yoga or archery are on offer for local people and children and young people have access to after school clubs, homework clubs, youth clubs and holiday activities. The Youth Zone gives young people a dedicated area with a youth café and games room.
Sighthill Library has relocated to the building along with South West Community Learning and Development including Platform Adult Learning, Working for Families, CLAN Health and Literacy, the Prince’s Trust and WEACT.
City Children & Families Leader Councillor Marilyne MacLaren said:
“I’m confident that as word spreads about Gate 55, the centre will firmly establish itself at the heart of the community and be of huge benefit to local people. Times might be tough financially but it is still our priority to provide the best possible facilities to help local communities thrive. This link up between the Council and Stevenson College Edinburgh is a fantastic example of how organisations can work together, pool resources and skills and make a big impact as a result.”
Stevenson College Edinburgh’s Principal and Chief Executive Brian Lister OBE, added: “Stevenson is the largest provider of training and employment services in west Edinburgh and we see this new hub and partnership with the Council as an opportunity to build on the services we already provide to help improve the employment prospects and prosperity of people living in the local area.”
City Libraries Leader Councillor Deidre Brock said: “Libraries are truly at the heart of the communities they serve and in this new centre at Gate 55, the library services will play an integral role.”