Ladywood is governed by a Board of Directors which is elected annually at our AGM meeting. The Board is responsible for the overall management and policy formulation for the Foundation. It is supported by a recently established Advisory Group whose function is to be the “eyes and ears” of the Foundation in the Penicuik community and to offer advice to the Board accordingly.
The facility is supported and used by community groups, individuals and educational establishments amongst others. We welcome around 1500 users per week and are keen to develop the facility in order to expand the range of activities which address those health and wider community wellbeing issues in the Town on which we can expect to have a genuine impact.
There are less obvious aspects to the foundation’s community values. The youngsters who come in for the football or bicycle tyre to be pumped up; or who are being threatened by their peers and are looking for a degree of re-assurance or protection; or have a minor injury to be dressed. Such youngster’s first inclination is to come to the centre rather than go home.
The foundation has achieved some distinctions in its 9 years of existence:
*The centre is accredited as an approved student placement provider to Jewel and Esk Valley College.
*Our volunteers were finalists in the Midlothian wide awards for organization and volunteer support respectively.
*In June 2009 the foundation was invited to give one of four presentations to a national conference on social enterprise and sport.
The foundation strongly supports local businesses and several of the organizations and clubs that use the centre’s facilities are small businesses in their own right.