Dunfermline Salvation Army is celebrating a great start to the New Year this week following the official handover of Wellwood Community Centre.
The Salvation Army has purchased the community centre as part of Fife Council’s Community Ownership Scheme. Nine halls across the Kingdom were put up for sale under the scheme earlier this year, giving groups and organisations the chance to manage and control halls and centres on their own doorsteps.
Under the scheme interested groups had to complete a detailed application process and submit a business plan outlining their proposals for how the building would be used for the community with The Salvation Army successful in its bid for Wellwood Community Centre.
Each application was ‘scored’ on a range of different criteria and then reported to the respective Area Committee for comment before a final report was sent to the council’s Policy Finance and Asset Management committee. A purchase price equivalent to 2% of the open market value was also sought.
Lieutenant Colin Scott, Dunfermline Corps, said: ‘We are really excited that the handover has been finalised and look forward to getting started with our plans for the Centre. We see this as a great opportunity for our Corps and the whole community. The Centre will play an important role in the development of our church and community work and we will look to incorporate a variety of activities to meet the needs of local people. We want local residents to help shape the activities they would like to see in place to make sure that as many people as possible from the community, young and old, use the facility.’
The Corps plan to run various projects and activities aimed at engaging with all areas of the local community. The building will allow the Corps to develop services and programmes that will meet local needs.
Major Carol Bailey, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army in the East of Scotland, said: ‘This is a fantastic day for the community and corps itself which recognises the local work that goes on and support available. The acquisition of the community centre represents a significant investment and commitment to the area. On top of the initial outlay, we will also be investing in the refurbishment and development of the building to allow us to serve the community for many years to come. The opening will afford us an exciting opportunity to demonstrate our belief of changing people’s lives within communities and enhance the already strong ties we have with residents of the local area’.
The Salvation Army has a long history of offering spiritual and practical support to people who are vulnerable or in need in every community and has been serving the town of Dunfermline for more than 100 years.
Gary Daniell, Community Resources Team Leader at Fife Council, said: ‘Fife Council is pleased to support the transfer of the former Wellwood Community Centre to the Salvation Army under the Community Ownership Scheme. We are delighted to see the Salvation Army make use of this facility and provide locally based services and lettable spaces to the community in the Dunfermline area. We look forward to seeing the centre develop and offer a wide range of programmes and services in 2013 and beyond.’