Inverclyde Association for Mental Health
Margaret Tait Retirement
16th January 2020
After 25 years of tireless work and dedication, our wonderful, irreplaceable CEO Margaret Tait is taking early retirement on 16th January. She has steered the company through good and sometimes challenging times and has always kept the welfare and wellbeing of our service users, trainees and volunteers first and foremost in her mind.
During her tenure she has been responsible for the growth of our In-work Horticultural Services allowing service users the opportunity to work and be part of a team either growing and tending plants in the greenhouses or as part of our landscaping team. She was the driving force behind In-work's move to the Broomhill Hub in 2017 managing to procure £2.2m in funding for the highly successful project which as well as housing our own In-work team and the Garden Cafe also hosts the community Hub.
We will miss her very much and will be sad to see her go but we wish her all the best in this next stage of her life and hope she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, doing the things that she hasn't had time for before. She deserves all the best things in her retirement years to come!
Duty of Candour - Annual Report 01/04/18 - 31/03/19
Our Duty of Candour annual reports - from the period beginning the 1st April 2018 up to and including the 31st March 2019 - are available for viewing and downloading below.
Climate Challenge Fund Award for IAMH
23rd April 2019
We are delighted to announce that Inverclyde Association for Mental Health have been awarded a grant made available through the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) totalling £185,316 over 2 years.
The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions.
The project will involve the community in an exciting programme to encourage food growing and the use of the seasonal food produced in free cookery classes snf in our own Garden Cafe. The project also aims to provide information and support to the Broomhill community to reduce their food waste, increase composting and make low carbon food choices to help reduce their carbon footprint.
This will allow us to purchase a polytunnel and a large greenhouse to compliment the raised beds planned for the land owned by IAMH adjacent to our Hub. In addition, the funding will enable employment of a project worker who would support community involvement in growing activities on site and in practical workshops.
We will post news of dates for the beginning of the project as soon as we have them and look forward to working with the local aspiring gardeners!
Congratulations to John Boyd on being awarded Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award.
6th March 2017
John Boyd (centre) with John Dyer (chair IAMH) and co-worker Liam Kelly
We are delighted to announce that John Boyd was recognised for his hard work and endeavour during his studies at Glasgow Clyde Collavourby being awarded the Lantra Learner of the Year Award.
John was presented the award at a ceremony on Thursday 2 March at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel. The ceremony included a keynote address from TV presenter Adam Henson. The 2017 judges include Ray Jones, former Chairman of Scotland Food and Drink, and Keith Paterson of Forestry Commission Scotland
John Boyd Nominated for prestigious Lantra Award
20 Feb 2017
Mental Health Updates
Mental health services are to be boosted by £500,000 of extra funding, the Scottish government has announced.
The funding comes on top of the existing £1,125,000 allocated to NHS 24 for mental health.
It will be used to improve the services offered to people experiencing low mood, depression and anxiety. Read More......
We would like to congratulate John Boyd on being short-listed for Lantra Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Award.
John, from Port Glasgow, has completed a Level 2 Horticulture award and is now studying for a Level 3 award in Parks, Gardens and Greenspace at Glasgow Clyde College, a course designed for those employed in the horticulture or landscape industry. John is involved with carrying out hard and soft landscaping works, ground maintenance contracts, Scotrail adopt a station programme, tree and shrub planting, timber fence construction and taking part in community projects.
The Lantra Learner of the Year Award recognises the achievements of those who work in Scotland’s rural sector and is organised by Lantra Scotland, a sector skills council for land based, aquaculture and environmental industries.
John said: “It is an honour to be recognised in Scotland’s Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards. I really enjoy my Horticulture course and it has inspired me to broaden my knowledge of the industry to help with future job prospects.”
The SVQ Level 3 Parks, Gardens and Greenspace course at Glasgow Clyde College includes learning about monitoring and maintaining health and safety standards, identifying plants and co-ordinating the control of pests and diseases and to prepare and construct hard landscaped areas.
Derek Carson, Horticulture Lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “Everyone at the college is proud of John for being nominated for such an important award. To have a student who is so passionate about his studies is great for us to see as the subject of Horticulture is an important one. We hope those who are interested in this course are inspired by John and his achievement to step forward and learn something new and exciting about the Horticulture industry.”
Allan Maliska, Project Manager at In-work Enterprises Ltd., said: “This is a great achievement for John and everyone at In-work couldn’t be happier for him. It is evident that John has a good attitude and commitment to his Horticultural duties, which he carries out to a high standard. John enjoys his work and takes great pride in assisting others around him which has enabled him to become a valued member of our team.”
The award ceremony will take place on Thursday 2 March at the Doubletree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro Hotel. The ceremony will include a keynote address from TV presenter Adam Henson. The 2017 judges include Ray Jones, former Chairman of Scotland Food and Drink, and Keith Paterson of Forestry Commission Scotland.
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Week 24 on the Broomhill Horticultural and Training Centre and Community Centre
18th January 2017
As you can see the project continues to gather momentum with walls and roofs on in week 24.
View to the side of the Community Centre and looking to Cafe and Offices.
View to side of Community centre and courtyard
GREAT PROGRESS AT IN-WORK'S BROOMHILL PROJECT
26 OCTOBER 2016
We are delighted with progress so far on the 12th week of the 41 week project. The foundations are out the ground and concrete has been poured so we can see the footprint of the buildings now.
Building 1: Community Centre, Cafe and Training Facility
Building 2: Bothy and Store Room
WORK IS NOW UNDERWAY AT THE IN~WORK HORTICULTURAL TRAINING AND COMMUNITY CENTRE
2 September 2016
Construction company CCG have commenced construction works on our trading subsidiary In-work Ltd's new £2.1m Horticultural Training & Community Centre in Mearns Street, Greenock
This state of the art facility is expected to be open by June 2017 and will play a central part in the dynamic regeneration of the Broomhill area. It will offer local residents a new community hall, coffee shop, training & meeting rooms together with new dedicated office space for Inverclyde Association for Mental Health’s trading subsidiary “In-work Enterprises Ltd”. Building 2 will house the horticultural services and in time, Phase 2 will see the project expand with the addition of outdoor space for planting and green houses on the adjacent Blaes pitch site.
Margaret Tait, CEO of Inverclyde Association of Mental Health, said: “All of this would not have been possible without the vision and financial investment from The Big Lottery, Inverclyde Council, Scottish Government and our own organisation Inverclyde Association for Mental Health. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support, commitment and perseverance in getting us to this stage and look forward to this time next year when we will have a facility that we can all be proud of.”
It is the Inverclyde Association of Mental Health’s aspiration that through their social enterprise principles they will be able to deliver positive health, social, educational, training and employment outcomes. Their aim is that with time it will be recognised that partnerships between the public, third sector and local communities is an effective model of delivering community regeneration and participation.
Inverclyde Council’s vice convener for regeneration, Councillor Jim Clocherty, said: “This is an important milestone in delivering this new community centre, but also in the wider regeneration of Broomhill. By working in partnership with, in particular, The Inverclyde Association of Mental Health, this exciting project will deliver an innovative and exciting facility for our area.”
Derek Gall, CCG Projects Manager added: “The Horticultural Training & Community Centre is an important project for the community of Greenock and one in which CCG will approach with our trademark care and efficiency. We are proud to be working with Inverclyde Association of Mental Health and are confident that, upon its completion, this bespoke facility will contribute greatly to the wider regeneration aspirations of Inverclyde Council and beyond.”
Planning Permission Granted for In Work Horticultural Training Centre and Community Centre
Our Social Enterprise which is wholly owned by IAMH has been granted planning permission from Inverclyde Council's Regeneration and Planning Department for the new Horticultural Training Centre and Community Centre at Mearns Street. The Planning Notice can be viewes on Inverclyde's planning portal https://planning.inverclyde.gov.uk/Online/simpleSearchResults.do?action=firstPage.
This is a partnership project with financial support from Inverclyde Council, the SG Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) and The Big Lottery. The contractors, CCG (Scotland) Ltd expect to start securing the site in mid July with the project expected to be completed by June 2017. The Design team include:
Inch Designer and Architecture
Armour Construction Consultants
We are grateful to all our design and legal team and our partners for all their hard work on our behalf and we are looking forward to seeing the project starting!
Big Lottery Funding Announcement
We are delighted to announce that Inverclyde Association for Mental Health's, “In Work Transitional programme” has been awarded £999,358 from the Big Lottery to create a new horticultural training and community facility from which it will develop the employability support it provides for people with mental health issues. The organisation currently delivers its services from two different locations which are some distance apart. Today’s award will mean they will be able to buy and refurbish the vacant site in Broomhill where the new facility will be based.
National Regeneration Funding for Broomhill Horticultural Training and Community Facility
1 December 2014
IAMH was one of two Inverclyde projects to have been successful in securing national regeneration funds totaling over £1m. The new Horticultural Training and Community Facility in Broomhill is a community initiative that has been supported and facilitated by Inverclyde Council and has received indicative award of £397,308 from Scottish Regeneration Funding. Riverside Inverclyde’s project to deliver an enterprise workspace at the Custom House building is set to receive £649,332.
The Regeneration Capital Grant Fund, developed in partnership with COSLA and local authorities has an annual budget of £25m to provide financial support to projects that will help to deliver large-scale improvements to deprived areas. It focuses on projects that engage and involve local communities and those that can demonstrate the ability to deliver sustainable regeneration outcomes.
The building will comprise of a training space, meeting space, hall area, cafe and office space. It will also house Inverclyde Association for Mental Health to support them in delivering an extended range of employment training opportunities for people with mental health issues.
The centre will be acting as a community based anchor facility that will complement the housing and environmental regeneration of Broomhill. The project will also support the development of In Work Horticultural Service as a major social enterprise in the area.
Inverclyde’s Environment and Regeneration Convener, Councillor Michael McCormick, said: “This is welcome news that two Inverclyde regeneration projects will receive funding of over £1m. Making sure that we get access to national funds to promote worthwhile local projects are critical roles in our long term regeneration plans. The delivery of these projects will help to deliver physical regeneration, create jobs and secure existing jobs in the area.”
Approval Given for Mearns Street, Broomhill Proposal
Inverclyde Council has granted planning approval (subject to conditions) for the Horticultural Training and Community Facility in Broomhill, to provide facilities and activities to promote and enhance wider regeneration and community cohesion.
The Horticultural Training and Community Facility is expected to create seven new jobs, support six existing jobs and house Inverclyde Association for Mental Health. IAMH are hopeful that their various funding applications will be successful and building work can begin in the summer of 2015.
Karen Knox and Anne Wingate of Inverclyde Association for Mental Health with Provost Robert Moran
INVERCLYDE ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH WIN COMMUNITY AWARD
19 November 2015
Our support team were delighted to be awarded the Health & Care Award at the Annual Inverclyde Community Awards 2015 at an event held at the Beacon Arts Centre on Tuesday 18th November. The annual initiative recognises and rewards the achievements of the area’s third sector communities and its volunteers.
rThe Award is given to a a group or organisation that has contributed to a healthier Inverclyde or provides care services. General Manager Karen Knox said, "It's great to be recognised for the work that we do. It is a terrific achievement and a boost to staff morale that will help us work even harder to improve the lives of individuals with mental health issues in Inverclyde".
The awards initiative is organised by CVS Inverclyde, which represents the area's third sector, in partnership with Trust Volunteering Inverclyde. Winners were announced by Provost Robert Moran, with CVS Inverclyde Chair, Ann Walsh, presenting the award
For a further information and a list of all nominees and winners visit the CVS website.
New Mearns Steet, Broomhill Proposal
Monday, 11 August 2014
Inverclyde Association for Mental Health (IAMH) have applied for permission to build a horticultural training and community centre to be built on land stretching from Mearns Street to Nile Street taking in the site of the disused Mearns Centre -- which would be demolished -- and the blaes gravel pitch between Nile Street, Dempster Street and Trafalgar Street.
The project involves the development of a new horticulture training and community facility that comprises of a range of training space; meeting space; hall area; cafe; and office space. It will also include the development of a new demonstration garden within a courtyard environment and growing area.
The site also incorporates a disused, overgrown aqueduct, formerly part of the Eastern Line of Falls, which is currently redirected further south at Drumfrochar Road. The plan is for this section to be re-opened to allow natural movement of water through the site.
The project is conceived as a series of streets -- existing and new -- which divide the site into three distinctive areas: The Walled Garden, The ‘Green Route’ with ornamental gardens and IAMH growing gardens and demonstration areas.
There would be a garden area on the roof of the building with paths and places to sit offering views of the gardens below and the wider landscape. Following consultation, the proposal emerged that there would be value in merging the horticultural training centre and new community facility as a single project.
The application is pending consideration by Inverclyde Council planning department. For further information, pleas follow this link to see the full application at Inverclyde Planning Department