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Kibble opens new city centre venue

A new venue offering arts, music and community events along with the chance to learn more about social enterprise has now opened in Glasgow city centre.

Based in Buchanan Galleries, ‘good’ is a different type of space, letting organisations and people connect allowing Glasgow’s communities to flourish.

Over the next few months, ‘good’ will host organisations within Buchanan Galleries including Kibble Services, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, Indigo Childcare, Visibility Scotland and others.

Kibble – one of Scotland’s oldest charities and leading social enterprise with expertise in youth training and employment – will manage the new venue, working in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

As well as showcasing a wide variety of third sector organisations, visitors to the venue can also use the children’s play area, grab a selfie in an electric go-kart and record their very own Glasgow stories in their specially designed recording studio, the Blether Booth.

Chief Executive of Kibble, Jim Gillespie, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people in Glasgow to find out more about what social enterprises do to help people and communities every day. We also want people to get involved with what is happening in the venue, including telling us their Glasgow stories within our Blether Booth.

“All of our events and activities on offer are free of charge and open to everyone, so please drop by next time you are in Buchanan Galleries.”

Members of the public are encouraged to visit ‘good’ to find out more and the space will be open from 10am to 5pm every day.

Kathy Murdoch, centre manager at Buchanan Galleries, said: “’good’ will provide a unique space for various charities and social enterprises to engage and educate the public on the great work that takes place within Glasgow’s communities. The venue is up and running and we hope groups from across the whole of the city come forward and make full use of all the facilities the team have on site.”

John Ferguson, Director of Development at SCVO, said:

“SCVO is delighted to be supporting Kibble and good in this exciting initiative by installing a bank of PC’s which provide free access to a range of websites promoting jobs, fundraising, volunteering and the activities of charities.

“It’s a marvellous gesture by the Galleries’ owners, Land Securities, to donate use of the space and SCVO will keep helping good by promoting awareness of its free availability to communities and charities around the West Coast.

“Any activity which brings people together and highlights the fabulous work social enterprises, charities, community groups and individual volunteers undertake to benefit society is surely a good thing. Come on Glasgow – get involved!”

Groups and members of the public who are looking to get more involved are encourage to visit good.scot or by emailing good.scot.info@kibble.org

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