Media Release / 01/11/2017

Volunteers required to assist with community project!

Mount Vernon Community Hall (MVCH) volunteers are calling for all volunteers across the local community to join them after being successful in receiving funding from Scottish Charity Paths for All to improve local paths in Mount Vernon Park

This fantastic project will encourage more people to get active outdoors and get involved with their community.   The volunteers will assist with plans to create a nature trail within an existing woodland area behind Mount Vernon Community Hall located within Mount Vernon Park in the East-end of Glasgow.  The area was once part of a railway line linking Glasgow to Lanarkshire and is now owned by Railway Paths Ltd.  The area has been left unloved for a number of years and has sadly become neglected and used for fly tipping.  The MVCH volunteers would like to create a nature trail through the area which will link up with existing paths within the Park to create a natural walking loop.  The path will also link into the ongoing community garden growing space project.  Plans include the creation of some seating, a learning area and if funding can be sourced, an outdoor gym area.  The group plan to sow wildflower meadows, plant native trees and shrubs to develop and improve existing wildlife habitats and the general biodiversity of the area.  Tidying the woodland area would allow this area to be used and enjoyed by the local community including children who attend the playgroup in the Community Hall and other local groups and schools.  We hope to create a better place for people to explore and enjoy as well as improve the community’s health and wellbeing by getting people more physically active outdoors and in contact with nature.

This path is currently unused by the majority of the local community as it is at present difficult to access and the group hope that by making this part of the path more accessible they will see an increase in people making full use of this great community asset.

Mount Vernon Community Hall (MVCH) volunteers are hosting a volunteering day on Wednesday the 22nd of November 17 between 10am and 3:30pm and are inviting everyone to come along and take part!

The volunteers are required to help with clearing the site of debris and removing some of the overgrown plants and trees in preparation to creating a path for our nature trail.  Give one hour of your time a morning, afternoon or the entire day, it really doesn’t matter.  No previous experience necessary, and all ages and skills levels are welcomed you may even learn a new skill in the process!

Ian Findlay, Chief Officer of Paths for All said:

“We were really pleased to be able to support this project through our Community Path grant fund. We would now encourage anyone who can to support the group by joining them on their volunteer day.

Getting involved in a path development project like this is a great opportunity to feel part of the community and really gives a sense of pride and achievement to volunteers.  As well as feeling like you have contributed significantly to the place where you live, it is the perfect chance to have fun and share a laugh or two with other likeminded people.“

If you are interested in taking part  or want to find out more please get in touch by email on or telephone one of our existing volunteers on 07734 429064.

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
  • 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
  • Digital funding - to provide computer equipment
  • The Robertson Trust funding  - to provide Art classes to the community