ONC is a Neighbourhood Centre which is a registered charity SCO24157), independent
of the local authority even though part of the annual funding comes from Edinburgh District
Council. This means that the Centre can be opened at times outwith those normally specified
for Council-run buildings, including evenings, weekends and during school holidays and all
activities are solely at the discretion of the Management Committee.
ONC is run by an elected Management Committee, all volunteers and members of ONC. In
addition, the centre has two paid employees: the Development Worker, John Spence, who
serves on the Management Committee, and a P/T caretaker.
ONC’s Management Committee meet each month from 7pm-9pm. Meetings are recorded and the Minutes displayed in the Centre.
The aim of the Centre is to provide a social meeting meeting place and, with help of other agencies, to promote within the Centre, recreational activities, educational opportunities and advice and information for all members of the community in Firrhill and Oxgangs
Grants have been found to provide a Computer Suite, and there are plans to extend the building to increase the space available internally, including a conservatory to host the Recycled Cate, however funding is yet to be found for such an ambitious project. Grant have already been secured for the running of the Centre as well as a variety of projects from Edinburgh District Council, Duneden Canmore, the Lottery Fund, Comic Relief and EVOT. Grants and funds are being secured for the staff and volunteer training, such that ONC complies fully with all Employment, Health and Safety, First Aid, Food and Hygiene and other relelvant legislation. ONC is fully insured and all Volunteers working directly with vulnerable groups will meet full disclosure requirements.
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