This page details a brief history of
the Centre, in all of its previous forms, starting in the 1970s.
Each section will eventually contain links to documents that provide greater
detail on the events highlighted. Check
back regularly for updates. For a more
detailed account of the history of the Centre, please click to download an
electronic copy of ‘The Right to Exist: The Story of Clydebank Independent
Resource Centre’. This is a book written
by Dr. Chik Collins of the University of the West of Scotland and funded by
Clydebank and Drumchapel Unemployed Action Group began in the early 1970s. It was politically independent and sought to
develop the knowledge, capacities and confidence of its members, while ensuring
that unemployed workers were claiming all that they were due in social
The Group developed into a new
organisation, called the Clydebank Unemployed and Unwaged Group, which
established the Clydebank Unemployed Worker’s Centre at 1 Dumbarton Road. This was later moved to North Street in the
newly formed Clydebank Business Park.
Clydebank Unemployed Worker’s Centre was officially opened on the 31st
August 1982 by the Provost of Clydebank James McKendrick and received much
needed Urban Aid funding for its full time staff.
However, in the mid 1980s it was made
clear to the Centre that its remit is not compatible with that of the
Enterprise Zone in which it was situated and the wheels were set in motion to
find new premises. By 1986 the Centre
had relocated to its new premises at Miller Street and secured further Urban
Aid funding until 1990.
1990 Strathclyde Regional Council refused to discuss the prospect of funding
the Centre in conjunction with Clydebank District Council, who had agreed to do
so. By September 1990, the Centre was
forced to close due to lack of funds, though for a time it was able to relocate
to a Centre in Drumry. Fortunately, in
October 1991 the Regional and District Councils agreed to fund the opening of a
new Centre, the Clydebank Unemployed Community Resource Centre, and in September
1992 they moved to their new premises in Stanford Street.
Despite continually struggling for
funding, by the late 1990s the Centre had expanded into its new premises and
was providing advice, support, access to educational qualifications and crèche facilities,
thanks in part to Thor Ceramic’s generous rental terms.
the early 2000s the Centre had managed to secure some relatively stable funding
and had developed a community garden and several outreach services had begun. However, by the mid 2000s funding was becoming
increasingly insecure so that in late 2006 the Centre was forced to operate on
a month-to-month basis.
Fortunately, further (intermittent)
funding was eventually secured from a cocktail of organisations, including West
Dunbartonshire Council. However, the
Centre was forced to relocate once again in 2008 to its current premises on
Dumbarton Road. This move also gave way
to a change in name for the Centre, so that it became the Clydebank Independent
Resource Centre, and it was able to establish its charity status.