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Dundee Community Hub Official Opening

21 December 2016

Visitors to the official opening of Capability Scotland's Dundee Community Hub were treated to an amazing display of music, drama and artistry by customers and staff.

The Community Hub provides accessible facilities for disabled people from in and around Dundee who can now experience a wide range of creative and stimulating activities and skills both at its City Quay base and in the local community. On 15th December it was transformed into a real Christmas Wonderland, complete with all the sights, sounds and scents of Christmas.

We're officially open

Visitors were welcomed by Dana O'Dwyer, Capability Scotland's Chief Executive and Maryfield councillor Ken Lynn, Chair of the Integrated Joint Board of the Dundee Health and Social Care partnership. The Hub was then officially opened by Michael, who has attended Capability Scotland's Dundee Service for all of his adult life. Michael, like all of the customers, thoroughly enjoys the new Community Hub and all it has to offer.

It's the Night before Christmas

Visitors then had a guided tour of the Hub which doubled as a fantastic showcase for a great array of talent.

The first room had been transformed into a Victorian street scene complete with a chestnut stand and a wonderful choir of carol singers who treated their audience to a beautiful rendition of some Christmas classics.

In the fully accessible training kitchen, culinary (and acting) skills were on show as Christmas dinner was being prepared. In the sensory room, an interactive performance of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", demonstrated the wonderful visual and audio technology and showcased more dramatic skills, including a health-conscious Santa Claus who declined the pipe provided!

The last room was laid out as a typical living room on Christmas Eve, complete with two friends talking about what they liked best about Christmas, including a touching wish for peace in other parts of the world.

Christmas in the Quay

After a delicious lunch, everyone came together for a performance of "Christmas in the Quay" which was composed especially for the occasion by the customers themselves with the support of our very own Dave Webster.

Gillian Currie, Service Manager, says: "I am so proud of all the customers and staff here at the Dundee Community Hub. They have put so much effort into everything from the performances to the decorations and have demonstrated perfectly the great facility we have here at City Quay"

You can read more about Capability Scotland's Dundee Community Hub here

dundee carol singers

Back in time for the Victorian carol singers!

Some of the Dundee staff and customers treated visitors to a rendition of some Christmas classics.