Purpose of investment
To develop the Dream Machine sensory experience. To develop building as social entrepreneur hub, workspace and market.
Investment package: Start & Grow
Sector: Employability, Health and Wellbeing
Social outcomes:, Citizenship and community
Putting the heart back into the community
What was once a rundown warehouse in the Calton area of Glasgow, is now a vibrant social hub breathing life back into the community.
This community hub, known as On the Corner, is the vision of Dream Machine Productions. Not only do they want to regenerate a physical space, but they want to tackle social isolation by providing a range of accessible services which encourage participation, social interaction and relieve stress at a low cost.
In 2015, Dream Machine took on a five year lease of the building, with the aim of transforming the building into a hub for the wider community and providing accessible, affordable space for social enterprises and budding artists and musicians to rent, alongside a café and a multifunctional venue space for cinema, theatre, gigs and clubs as Glasgow’s first large dry entertainments venue.
The £60K investment from Resilient Scotland’s Start and Grow programme allowed Dream Machine to make the building habitable to comply with all the necessary health and safety and fire regulations.
The initial plan had been to refurbish all five floors of the building, however, due to an unexpected requirement to create another fire corridor/exit in the building, Dream Machine took the decision to use the investment wisely and only renovate three floors and create a fire corridor. By concentrating on the three floors Dream Machine has been able to create a space which they can lease to generate income and create a more sustainable operation.
Within the hub is a small café which, despite being only open one day a week, is proving popular among the elderly residents, providing them with a place where they can meet up with old friends and have a chat over a cup of tea.
As well as the more longstanding members of the community, the newer residents are also utilising the space. What started as three refugees coming along to learn English has now grown to 30, with demand for more classes. Dream Machine are currently looking to attract new funding sources to support the need for additional language classes.
2017 will put Dream Machine firmly on the map in the Calton, with the hub On the Corner opening five days out of seven, and a range of new workshops being offered to the community. It will also mark the arrival of two social enterprise tenants into the hub – “Refuwegee and “Streetcones Theatre”
Matt Lygate, Director of Dream Machine Productions said, “The investment from Resilient allowed us to make the building habitable and we could not have done it without their financial backing. Resilient has allowed us to realise our dream.”
“If you are a social enterprise with a vision then Resilient Scotland investment is for you. Their support is invaluable, the grant element inspires confidence that there is someone willing to invest in you – while the loan provides an impetus to ensure your business model is sustainable and gives you the financial incentive to make it work. “