The Story of The Brunswick Centre
“Adversity doth discover virtue”
The roots of our Brunswick Centre came from challenging circumstances, the idea to start a boy’s club was conceived by Prisoners of War at camp OFLAG 79 in Germany, Braunschweig. Our Brunswick Centre was founded in 1951 once the Prisoners of War were freed and returned home. Partner branches in London and Liverpool still exist today.
Since then our centre has evolved and has served the local community of Balornock, North Glasgow for the past 68 years. The Brunswick Centre has two very distinct roles within our local community, firstly our youth service/ youth club aims to support, educate and challenge barriers faced by disaffected and disengaged young people through structured activities that develop their educational, physical, mental and moral capacities. In doing so we aim to assist young people reach their full potential, make positive life choices and increase their life chances to grow into full maturity as responsible citizens who play an active role in community life.
Secondly as a community centre we work vigorously to promote the facility to all local people in Balornock and surrounding areas. We work closely with partner organisations to reduce unemployment locally, promote in partnership further educational opportunities, provide facility space to local groups free of charge, run structured programmes that challenge isolation & loneliness, promote health & wellbeing through affordable fitness programmes, work closely with other voluntary organisations locally (signposting) to challenge issues surrounding poverty & welfare ultimately improving the conditions & standards of life for the full community.