The Hub, based on main street in Coatbridge, was described as a huge milestone for Manorview’s registered charity, the Manorview Foundation, and an important part of the group’ mission to ‘make life better through hospitality’.
Founder of Manorview, Steve Graham, said: “Though this is the very beginning of the work we want to deliver for communities, we’re delighted to have The Hub open. It was previously a function and private events space that we operated, and after months of trying to get access to other public properties, we decided just to transform a space we already owned. It was vital to us that it felt warm and welcoming, and we hope it brings great comfort to the people of Coatbridge.
“Our mission is to make life better through hospitality – having The Hub means we can bring the comfort and joy of hospitality to people who can’t afford to go to their local café or relax in a nearby restaurant. We still have so much to achieve, but we feel fortunate that we can use our business experience, knowledge and resources to make a positive difference.”
The Hub launched with a holiday club for local children to come to during the October break, but the venue has various zones in it to create a space that works for all people of all ages. A cosy lounge area has books and a TV, there’s an iPad station for getting online and playing games, an entertainment centre with TVs, Xbox and PlayStation, a café-like area for having hot drinks and light meals, and a comfortable seating area to relax with a magazine and cuppa.
Manorview has covered the cost of creating The Hub so that the charity, Manorview Foundation, can use all funds raised to deliver community services. Some of Manorview’s partners also donated their time and expertise, including Everything Media, Sketch & Design, L11, Finishing Touches, Go Secure, and JC Upholstery.
The charity’s activities are being led by Robert McHarg, who has vast experience within the third sector, having previously run children’s charity Achieve More Scotland.
Robert said: “We know times are tough. The cost of living is on the rise, and we know that there will be people choosing between heating and eating. We want The Hub to be there for the people of Coatbridge. We’ll be serving hot drinks, snacks, and soup while we’re open. And we just really hope to be able to help.”
Though The Hub is the Foundation’s first dedicated property, additional activities to support local communities in other areas are planned. In December, kids Christmas parties with a meal, visit from Santa and gift are planned at eight other Manorview venues, something which the group had previously delivered alongside Achieve More Scotland, but now being delivered on a larger scale.
The Hub will be open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12pm-4pm, and Manorview’s message is that anyone in need of a warm place to relax and feel safe, a cuppa or a bite to eat is very welcome – and no booking or payment is needed.
The team at The Hub are hoping to increase these opening hours soon, once awareness builds up and there are more people to run it.
Councillor Geraldine Woods from North Lanarkshire Council, where she is convener of the Wellbeing and Tackling Poverty committee, visited The Hub to see the space in action.
She said: “We all know the difficult situation residents find themselves in during this cost-of-living crisis and families trying to survive on a daily basis. I firmly believe that initiatives like this being provided by the Manorview Foundation can go a long way to help the wellbeing and mental health of our community and should be welcomed with open arms and I encourage all organisations and local community groups to take advantage of this fantastic facility.”
- Manorview have been confirmed as the new custodians of The Tarbet Hotel on the west coast of Loch Lomond.
Managing director David Tracey, said: “The venue is in such an iconic and beautiful part of Scotland, and we are excited to contribute to the growth and success of Argyll & Bute’s vibrant tourism sector.
“Our main priority is getting to know the hotel, the existing team, and our local communities and neighbours. And in time, as with all Manorview venues, we look forward to investing in this iconic property.”