Greenock adopts a station

Today HMP Greenock celebrated their adoption of Greenock Central Station. 


Scotrail’s “Adopt a Station” programme is designed to involve communities in the upkeep of their local stations.  As part of the Inverclyde community, Greenock has been given the opportunity to design posters which will adorn the waiting room at Greenock Central station.


A launch will take place at Greenock Central Station which will be attended by representatives from Scotrail, New College Lanarkshire and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS). 


The initiative, facilitated by SPS and New College Lanarkshire, has allowed offenders to take art classes while also designing posters.  This has allowed offenders to gain an appreciation of art, while also creating posters which will inform the public. 


David, an offender at Greenock, said: "I've really enjoyed my art class. I've experienced stuff that I never thought I'd have the skills to do and it’s changed my perception of what art actually is."


The “Adopt a Station” scheme has been great success for Scotrail and has been successful in other parts of Scotland.  Other adopters include the Pitlochry Station Bookshop; the Clyde Model Railway Club at Lanark and the East Ayrshire Toy Library at Kilmarnock.


This initiative will allow Greenock to further establish itself as part of the local community by giving back to local people. 


Colin Brodie, Greenock Head of Offender Outcomes, said: "Adopt a station provides the opportunity for local community groups to become involved with their local station. The people within HMP Greenock are very much part of the local community.  They have many talents which, when given the chance, can lead to positive outcomes such as what we are seeing today at Greenock Central station.


“We thank Scotrail for giving the opportunity for people to show their talents and we look forward to continuing to provide art work for Scotrail both here and in other stations."


Kirsten Sams, Manager, Offender Learning and Skills, New College Lanarkshire, added: "New College Lanarkshire is delighted to be involved in this Scottish Prison Service initiative which highlights some of the positive rehabilitation work undertaken in prisons.  Education and training are vital in preparing prisoners to re-enter society and the student work displayed at the station demonstrates individuals' potential for change."


John Yellowlees, External Relations Manager at ScotRail, said: “Our Adopt a Station programme has gone from strength to strength since it launched, and this innovative adoption by people from within HMP Greenock underlines it is open to all types of groups.


“We are pleased to see communities eager to engage with their local train stations and are also proud of the role it is playing in supporting people to learn how to work together to help each other.”


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