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Inverclyde Community Development Trust

Area of Operation:

Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley

Number of Staff:

How We Started

In 1987, Greenock Employment Action Group (GEAG) was formed by unemployed local people to create employment in the most disadvantaged areas of Grennock affected by the Shipyard closures. During its first seven years, GEAG developed a range of community enterprise activities and in particular developed the first Community Enterprise Nursery in Scotland. In 1996 it merged with three smaller local organisations to form the Trust.

What We Do

The organisation now employs 85 full time and 30 part time staff with a turnover in 2006/07 of £3.3m, of which £1.7m is its annual wage bill. The Trust is proud of its record of recruiting and retaining staff and currently 98% of its staff live in Inverclyde. Its Mission Statement is: * To contribute to the overall economic development of Inverclyde by providing or creating jobs for people from disadvantaged groups and areas. * To provide a framework for local people to enhance their existing skills and enter a “learning continuum” which increases their potential for economic activitiy and/or the improvemnt of their quality of life. * To remove obstacles to individuals and groups accessing Training and Employment. * To provide a range of services with the community and to other community groups. To achieve this, the Trust has three key areas of work. Trust Care Services: Working in conjunction with the Local Authority, the Trust contracts services for housebound and elderly within our community. Trust Employability Services: In conjunction with Inverclyde Council. Strathclyde European Partnership, Objective 3 Partnership, Communities Scotland, Scottish Enterprise Renfrewshire, Scottish Executive, Job Centre Plus and Inverclyde Alliance, the Trust delivers a variety of employability programmes. Trust Regeneration: The Trust has developed a significant asset base and utilises this to house its own programmes, provide premises for the Third Sector and the Private Sector. Its premisess include: Port Glasgow Business Centre Port Glasgow Resources Centre Port Glasgow Regeneration Centre - (71/2 John Wood Street) Westburn Centre Nicolson Street Additionally the Trust manages * Volunteer Centre in conjunction with Volunteer Development Scotland, Inverclyde Council and a Local Advisory Group. * Community Apprenticeship Degree Programme with a Local Advisory Group. * Trust Accounting Services providing professional book-keeping, payroll and financial accounting services for the Trust and other organisationns. * 71/2 John Wood Street in conjunction with Inverclyde Counci, Port Glasgow Housing Association, Communities Scotland, Strathclyde European Partnership Urban II Programme and a Local advisory Group. Its Board of Management is drawn from: * Community Council Forum * Disability Forum * Co-opted Community Members * Local Advisory Groups (e.g. as mentioned previously) * Inverclyde Council (3 elected members) Its Mission remains: * Remove Barriers * Create Jobs * Provide Services

Our Future Plans

Contact Details

Jim Bristow
Chief Executive

01475 553300
jim [dot] bristow [at] icdt [dot] biz

Tags associated with Inverclyde Community Development Trust:
Health Care, Older people's services, Training/employment

Last Updated: Wed, 18/01/2012 - 15:32