Media Release / 06 July 2017


Mount Vernon Community Hall has been awarded £1,000 funding for materials to create a community garden in an unused area beside Mount Vernon Community Hall.


The project is one of ten in Glasgow to benefit from over £8,450 total funding from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Project Fund to improve their local greenspace.

The £40,000 Community Project Fund – supported by £30,000 funding from the Greggs Foundation and £10,000 from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) – is providing one-off grants of up to £1,000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment. The Fund aims to increase community use of local greenspace, particularly within disadvantaged communities, in order to positively impact on the quality of life for local residents.

Following a public consultation where the options of local residents were sought on the best use of the proposed space as well as its design and layout, the garden will be used by the community to grow food and as an educational area for a local playgroup. There will also be sustainable drainage, with rain water being captured and used to water the plants.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Trust, said: “The standard of applications to this year’s fund was fantastic. Small-scale local initiatives are instrumental in achieving our goal of creating a high-quality green network across central Scotland to improve the quality of life for local communities.”

Mark Donohoe, Chair of the Board for Mount Vernon Community Hall, said: “we are absolutely delighted to receive this funding which will go a great way to helping our community realise its ambition of establishing a community garden for all to use and enjoy"

For further information about Mount Vernon Community Hall or to see how you can get involved in this project, visit:



Our new flat roof is now complete, it’s great that the hall is now water tight!

A huge thanks to our substantial Funding from Patterson’s Quarries via the Landfill trust, grant funding from Glasgow City Council, a generous donation from John Lewis

A special thanks to our local businesses who all made generous donations to our Big Band Night Raffle their contributions were greatly appreciated by both Mount Vernon Community Hall and Kenmuir Church and added to the success of our night.

In no particular order, Thank you to : Real Vets, Celtic FC, The Dog Hut, Showers of flowers, Transformers School of Motoring, Rustico, The Glam Room , Coffee Corner, Mclean Domestic & Commercial Services, The Co-operative, Kastriots, Stephen Tang Opticians, Blew Hair Studio, Tigerlee, Lidl, Scottish Cartoon Art Studio, National Theatre of Scotland, WH Smiths, Wagamama, Beaverbrooks, Waterstones, Volume Hair and Beauty, Clachan Bar, Patisserie Valerie, Mailcoach, Stephen Boyd Joiners LTD, Chapmans Butchers, Cairns and Scott, Greggs, Dominos and Morrison’s

Thank you also to our Local Community who regularly come out and support our hall events and activities in the hall we are grateful for your continued support .

Many Thanks
Mount Vernon Community Hall Volunteers


Mount Vernon Community Halls are the latest local charity to benefit from John Lewis’s Divisional Community Investment Committee (DCIC) award.

The DCIC holds a sum of money that John Lewis branches can bid for, to support large projects beyond their own means. The Committee looks to see that these projects deliver significant measurable benefit, and make a real difference to the local community.

'The donation will help us complete the next stage of our plans to bring the hall into the 21st century and restore it to its rightful place as the hub for the community,' says the Hall Committee Chairman Mark Donohoe who submitted the DCIC application.

The Hall, based in the East End of Glasgow, is run by a group of volunteers on behalf of the local community. The facility currently delivers a number of regular activities and is accessed by more than 200 people per week, some of whom use more than one service.

These range from a daily Pre-school Playgroup to Karate, Dance and Spanish classes. In addition, they offer private hire facilities to members of the local community wanting to hold social gatherings, celebrations and parties.

'Funding awarded will be used to pay for the flat roof to be fully refurbished including the installation of the latest flat roof rubberised coating material which comes with a 25 year guarantee,' adds Mark.

Next Steps...

Future Funding Application's

  • SUEZ Communities Trust provides funding through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. -application for potential funding to be confirmed : £48,043.97
  • Paths For All - application for potential funding  : £1,500.00
  • Gregg's Foundation - application for potential funding - to be confirmed: £2,000.00
  • Persimmon Community Champions- application for potential funding - to be confirmed: £1,000.00