Friockheim Community Hub
Friockheim Community Hub, in Angus, secured a loan of £80,000 from SIS to support in the renovation of an old village primary school to serve as a community hub.
With an awareness of the lack of facilities in and around Friockheim, Friockheim Community Hub (the Hub) was formed in 2013 to create a community centre and fill the gap in services for local people.
Following a feasibility study, extensive consultation and planning, construction of the Hub began. In 2018, during the construction phase, there were delays and overspend for reasons out with the group’s control. This is when the Hub got in touch with SIS.
SIS provided an £80,000 loan to support with the shortfall of the overall funding package of £1.5 million. The funds were used for the renovation and transformation of the old village primary school into the new community hub.
The funding from SIS came at a critical time and allowed the hub to open its doors to the public in January 2019. Operating under the name ‘FriockHub’, the Hub has been developed to provide community facilities and services which are not otherwise available in the area. These facilities and services are already supporting the economic, environmental and social needs of the community.
The Hub seeks to provide youth facilities including social and sports areas, as well as activities for vulnerable residents, such as support services, and facilities for pre-school and Mother-Toddler activities.
This project was driven forward and delivered by a group of dedicated volunteers with wide and diverse experience. In order to deliver the project, they formed a board and three operational groups covering property, finance and community. Our team here at SIS is always inspired by the efforts and determination of individuals who share a common vision to enhance their community.
Over time, the Hub hopes to reverse the drain on village resources, initially stabilising and then improving its sustainability. Being community-led, it is hoped that the Hub will meet the requirements of the residents and inspire a more sustainable and enriched future for the village.
“We are very happy working with SIS and recommend them to many similar organisations. They are ‘real’ people who care about Community and Society and want to help businesses working in these sectors. They are professional and knowledgeable and unlike many other lenders keen to keep a close and ongoing relationship with their clients, enabling a joint approach to clients’ issues, challenges and barriers as well as celebrating success.”
Dougie Pond, Chair & Chief Executive, Friockheim Community Hub