Bank Holiday open days with Helensburgh’s Digital Academy Heroes

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The Scottish Charity, Helensburgh Heroes, will be revealing detailed plans for its proposed Digital Academy and Entertainment Centre at two Open Days planned for the May Bank holiday weekend.

The Open Days will provide members of the local community and interested parties with the opportunity to view the building to be converted to the Academy and Entertainment Centre; and to discuss all aspects of the proposals with the project team.

The Charity proposes to create a pilot ‘model’ in Helensburgh of an exciting multipurpose venue, combining a digital academy with community facilities, set against the backdrop of inspirational local role models. These are the ‘Heroes’ in the title .

The plan is to develop a model that can be rolled out throughout Scotland, providing its citizens with local access to positive learning and recreational environments and opportunities to develop their creative skills, confidence and self esteem to the fullest potential.

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The Centre aims to offer access to an inspirational learning environment operating 360 days per year, delivering annually a minimum of 4,600 hours of fun, creative courses and workshops.

In addition to the educational focus planned for the Centre, the facility will also contain two digital cinema screens, a 50s style diner and a social technology hub to be used by local people of all stages of life to develop their skills and provide them with real opportunities to engage in the digital economy.

The Heroes Centre will contain a huge dynamic space, housing collections of memorabilia and displays, celebrating and publicly recognising the achievements of the many local men and women who continue to contribute significantly to our society.

The use of their incredible stories will underpin the central themes of the Centre: aspiration and inspiration.

The Charity believes that the model for the Heroes Centre – the celebration of local people, provision of community facilities and digital education – provides a real opportunity and legacy, which will benefit Scotland for years to come.

Several key components of the Heroes Centre will be featured at the Open Days.

Visitors will be able to:

  • Watch a video providing an artist’s impression of the Heroes Centre
  • View Gordon Reid’s, Men’s World #6 Wheelchair Tennis Star, London 2012 Paralympic suit and have the opportunity to be photographed with a London 2012 Olympic Torch
  • Help the Heroes Centre Project Team make a Vox Pop video in the Green Screen Studio
  • Enjoy refreshments prepared by local Primary and S1 Pupils – the Fabulous Baking Kidz!
  • Go on guided tours of the building.

A spokesman for the Charity – who might be not too distant from its inspirational founder and animateur, Phil Worms, says: ‘We understand how busy most people are at the weekends, but we hope that as many local residents of all ages as possible will find a few minutes to join us at one of the Open Days.

‘We think that our visitors will be genuinely surprised at both the vision and the scale of the final plans for the Centre and more importantly just how advanced the overall project is in terms of coming to fruition.’

Open Day Details

Location: 19 George Street, Helensburgh, G84 7PR

Saturday 4th May – 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sunday 5th May – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm

Further details about the Open Days will be posted here on the Heroes Centre website and on the Centre’s Facebook Page here.

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