Heroes Centre boosted by government funding

24 November 2015

Dr Morag Ferguson, Community and Public Engagement Fellow for Glasgow Caledonian University with Phil Worms, Founder and Director of Helensburgh Heroes.

Dr Morag Ferguson, Community and Public Engagement Fellow for Glasgow Caledonian University with Phil Worms, Founder and Director of Helensburgh Heroes.

A GCU-backed campaign to build a digital-skills academy in the birthplace of television founder John Logie Baird has received £145,000 as part of a social justice spending initiative of £1.7m from the Scottish Government.

GCU is the founding educational partner for the £1.2million campaign to build a digital-skills academy in Helensburgh. The University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment is supporting the plans to transform a derelict Victorian warehouse in the Clyde coast town into the Heroes Centre, a state-of-the-art digital technology school and community entertainment centre.

Working in partnership with the charity, Helensburgh Heroes, the new digital centre could see the creation of a GCU Coding Academy with staff and students from the University teaching the basic building blocks of computer science and digital media to local schoolchildren.

Alex Neil, Social Justice Secretary, has said the latest funding − through the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund [TCCCF] − will help town centre groups deliver capital projects for their communities.

Dr Morag Ferguson, Community and Public Engagement Fellow for GCU, said: “'We would like to congratulate the Helensburgh Heroes team on this grant, which is the second six-figure sum that the charity has received in the past few weeks. The Helensburgh Heroes Centre is now very much a reality and we are working together to identify the ways in which in our partnership can benefit the community.”

Plans are also in the pipeline for sessions on state-of-the-art games developments for budding filmmakers as well as giving community groups the opportunity to utilise the expertise of GCU design student. 

The Heroes Centre will celebrate the themes of aspiration and inspiration and will also house memorabilia from the local men and women who have made significant contributions to society such as John Logie Baird and more modern sons and daughters of the town, Paralympian Gordon Reid and opera singer Lee Bissett.