Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust was formed in 2014 to bring a number of redundant railway offices into community use.
The first phase of the £0.5 million project was completed in August 2015. The bright modern facilities offer office space and meeting rooms used by a range of local groups, as well as a gift shop, book shop and coffee shop. These all offer volunteering and training opportunities for people with addiction and mental health issues, individuals affected by loneliness and isolation, as well as providing rehabilitation opportunities for ex-offenders.
Other renovated rooms house the Glasgow & South Western Railway Association archives and the Active Travel Hub.
As a result of this inspiring project, Kilmarnock Station, aside from being a busy railway station, has become known as a ‘community village' and an important asset for a wide range of community groups.
The KSRHT facilities host everything from art exhibitions and creative classes, to tai-chi and yoga and even charity comedy nights. In 2015, the Trust won the SURF Awards for Regeneration and was shortlisted for the EPIC Awards for Creative Arts.
The Trust aims to support the local community by encouraging groups and individuals to utilise the renovated spaces at the station for the benefit of the whole community. In addition our Moving On Project supports individuals in the community affected by social isolation to recover, rediscover skills and interests, and re-connect with those around them. It is funded by the Big Lottery and the Robertson Trust.
A poem written by Moving On participants.