The Lockerbie Old School Community project is run by a committee of volunteers working towards creating a community facility for Lockerbie. Through the process of Asset Transfer from the council the Dryfe Road school building changed ownership to the community in October 2020, the committee aims to create a not for profit but financially viable venue where the people of Lockerbie can gather, learn and grow as a community.
The vision is to see the currently vacant building brought back to life. The Old School building presents an opportunity to create a facility, providing space for a wide range of activities which will provide employment, volunteering, educational and social opportunities for the people of Lockerbie and the surrounding area. We are working closely with the community to identify areas of greatest need and want then incorporate the answers within our final design, which is currently being worked on.
The aspiration is to create a multi-use facility for the town and the surrounding area to include:
- space for community and social activities
- space for arts, performance and heritage
- space for business and office services
- space to be outside
We will build a space that will have something to offer everyone and that will bring our community together.
Community Enterprise Ltd is a not for profit organisation who work with communities and provide development support. We used funding to commission them to work on a business case for the Lockerbie Old School community hub. Some of the main areas that have been identified for possible inclusion in the new multi-use Old School facility are:
- Space for community and social activities
- Space for young people, particularly teenagers
- Space for families and older people
- Space for arts, theatre, music, etc.
- Small business/start up space for people who want to set up their own business; particularly young people who would not otherwise have the chance.
- Space to hire for training, education, leisure classes and activities
- Workshop space for arts and crafts – clean and messy – and for trades/training
- A community café – either run as a training programme for young people or leased out, purely to generate guaranteed income
- Heritage and history and display space
- Bunkhouse style accommodation to attract visitors to the area.
The intention is to keep running costs to a minimum.
We are proud to show all the details of the project. Find below all the documents relating to the project.
We record all of our meetings so it is easier for everyone to keep up to date with progress! We will soon be uploading minutes of all our committee meetings here soon.