ONC comes of age as it celebrates its 21st

Marion Fellows MP with (l-r) catering manager Michael Clark, chef Ryan Williamson and volunteer Christine Bell at Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre
Marion Fellows MP with (l-r) catering manager Michael Clark, chef Ryan Williamson and volunteer Christine Bell at Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows visited Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre as it comes of age by celebrating it 21st birthday.

The centre opened in Busby Road in 1995 after two groups of local people felt the area needed a common meeting place.

From day care services, child care and a café to youth work, knitting and musical memories the centre now delivers a host of activities for all sections of the community.

Mrs Fellows, whose constituency takes in Orbiston, said: “I was delighted to visit the Orbiston Neighbourhood Centre to celebrate with them on this special year.

“The opportunity to present (operations manager) Irene Gibson and all of the team with a birthday card and hear more about their work was one not to miss.

“I want to be engaging directly with the people I represent and the neighbourhood centre is just one example of the community spirit that exists within Bellshill.

“During my visit I met with dedicated volunteers and staff who are truly making a difference to the lives of local people and hear first-hand from those using the services just what it means to them.”

The neighbourhood centre is hosting An Energy Game Show event on Thursday, September 22, from 1-3pm.

British Gas staff will be on hand to show people how they can save money in a fun, interactive way, over three rounds - picture quiz, what watt (higher or lower) and energy efficiency bingo.

Participants in the game show will receive a thermal travel mug and banner pen.

All are welcome to attend, for more information call Tammy McGuiness on 01698 842215.

The centre is also part of the Bellshill Consortia which has responsibility for distributing the “Locality Activity Fund” designed to support the development of activities for carers, older people, those with a disability or long term condition or a mental health illness.

To find out more about receiving support and/or accessing funding contact Irene on 01698 573256 or Tammy on 01698 842215.