Inverclyde Community Development Trust has over a quarter century of experience in providing a wide range of services and support to the people of Inverclyde.
Our mission statement is very straightforward: "Create jobs. Remove barriers. Provide services."
We contribute to the overall economic development of Inverclyde by providing or creating jobs for people from disadvantaged groups and areas.
The Trust run the Volunteer Centre Inverclyde as part of Scottish Governments 3rd Sector Interface, providing support to local services through matched volunteer opportunities and also developing and delivering a range of volunteering opportunities linked to our own programmes and projects.
We also deliver dementia care, meals delivery and befriending services, contracted via Inverclyde Council Social Work Department.
The Trust owns and operates a number of premises and community hubs throughout the area, with central bases in Greenock and Port Glasgow. 7½ John Wood Street provides a Port Glasgow hub for social, cultural and economic regeneration activity to take place, while Port Glasgow Business and Training Centre is the focal point for our vocational training programmes and social enterprise development. The Trust has recently purchased The Dutch Gable House, the oldest building in Greenock, to develop it into a new hub for culture, learning and enterprise activity.
While our employability programmes and community hubs are the lynchpin services of the organisation, we also develop and run a range of community projects which allow local volunteers and school pupils to get involved in their community, often using cultural activities as the basis for engagement and related informal learning
The organisation has delivered many other services over the years, including childcare, catering, a commercial printers and even a driving school – always with the express purpose of improving opportunities for the Inverclyde Community and employing local people.
The Trust is a member of the Development Trust Association Scotland, and our Chief Executive Jim Bristow sits on the DTAS board.
The Development Trust movement has been around for many years, working alongside communities, harnessing local knowledge and skills to generate community services, resilience, income and ownership. All across the country, through development trusts, local people are directly involved in creating and delivering services as diverse as Post Offices and Windfarms. Local services, led by local people, generating local income.
Inverclyde Community Development Trust is a Company Limited by guarantee. Registered in Scotland No. 116334. A Scottish Charity No. SC007212. VAT No. 809277703 Registered Office:175 Dalrymple Street, Greenock PA15 1JZ.