THERE has been no shortage of summer fun at the Port Glasgow Community Campus hub the past four weeks.

Over 40 children and young people have been spending their holiday enjoying various activities such as art, sports and music at the hub.

The youngsters have been kept busy by visits from organisations like Barnardo’s, Morton in the Community, the Beacon Arts Centre, Inverclyde Athletic Club and a local dance troupe.

Staff from the council's community learning and development team and Active Schools have been ensuring the youngsters are well looked after.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, education convener, said: "It’s been a real team effort across various council services to get the childcare hubs up and running so quickly following lockdown in March and they’ve been incredibly successful.

"The CLD team have been involved right from the start alongside education staff and are now playing a crucial role keeping the hubs going during the school summer holidays.

"They have been supported by catering staff who provide packed lunches for children in attendance, janitors and office workers who are involved in the day-to-day running of schools and cleaners whose role in keeping our buildings clean has never been more important than it is now because of coronavirus.

"Above all else, the hubs continue to be a safe haven for our young people to attend and have fun, learn and engage with others, whether that’s to allow their parents to carry out their key work or because they and their families need extra support.

"We’ve had great feedback from the adults whose children attend the hubs but, more importantly, from the young people in attendance, and that’s evident with so many smiling faces.”

On average, 22 kids go along each week however there are 40 children registered who have all attended at some point.

The hub has been open to children of key workers and is one of several set up across Inverclyde.

A particular highlight has been art class tracing famous local, national and international landmarks, including Ginger the Horse.

Children aged 11 or under or who are from the same family do not need to socially distance at the hubs due to new Scottish Government guidelines.


CAPTION: Hub staff, pictured from left to right, Thomas Guy-Conroy, Suzannah Molloy, Brad Cathie and Laura Finlay.