The Garrick Employment Hub
Loreburn Housing Association has been given the go-ahead by Dumfries and Galloway Council to redevelop the site of the former Garrick Hospital in Stranraer by building dementia-friendly housing alongside an innovative employment hub. Our frequently asked questions are available here.
Live update: 11th January 2021
Works restarted on this site in early August following the suspension of site activities due to the Covid-19 restrictions. The contactor has started to erect the timber kit for the block next to Edinburgh Road along with completing the structure of the dementia friendly flatted block.
This project is due to be completed in Autumn 2021
The proposals, which were designed by Aitken Turnbull Architects, will see the creation of eight one-bed and four two-bed dementia-friendly homes. New parking spaces for 37 vehicles will also be created on the site. Built alongside the new homes, the Employment Hub will offer supported accommodation for up to 8 young people, in order to combat youth homelessness and to increase employment and opportunity.
The Garrick Employment Hub will be a first for Dumfries and Galloway and provide safe and secure housing, support and training for young people aged 16 -25.
Young people living at the Garrick Employment Hub will be expected to be either in education, an apprenticeship, other employment or training, and will have access to volunteering opportunities within the community. It will also offer community access areas, a state of the art conference facility, breakout spaces and access to WiFi, creating a transformational space for Stranraer and Wigtownshire. We are also looking to partner with local employers. Please contact David Ewing, Employability Key Worker on 01776 233101 or via email at DavidE@loreburn.org.uk, to find out more.