Thanks to all who helped Build the Beacon

Special Thanks to our Project Partners

Inverclyde Council, Riverside Inverclyde, Creative Scotland, Big Lottery and Social Investment Scotland

And our Major Contributors

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, The Bacher Trust, The Badenoch Trust, The Barcapel Foundation, The Binks Trust, The WA Cargill Fund, The Cattanach Charitable Trust, The Cruden Foundation Limited, The Foyle Foundation, The Gannochy Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hector Gordon Russell Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The MacRobert Trust, The Moffat Trust, The Robertson Trust, Colin and Melba Bryce, Ronald H Higgs, Texas Instruments, Colin and Chris Weir

Many thanks to all who donated to our redevelopment project including . . .

Mrs Adams, Miss J & Miss M Aitken, Mr J Allan, Alt-Na-Craig Nursing Home, Mr Gordon Armour, Mrs Anne Armour, Mrs Sybil Armstrong, Mrs Lillian Auld, Mr & Mrs Ayre, Mrs Jesse Bain, Miss Martha C Baird, Mr Duncan Baldwin, Mr Ian Banner, Mrs Joyce Barlow, Mrs Christine Barron, Mr Beattie, Master Adam Beck, Mr Alan Beck, Lady Dorothy Belch, Mrs Josephine Bell, Miss Elizabeth L Berry, Mrs Gladys Black, Ms P Blackburn, Mrs Blaikie, Mr Alan Blair, Mrs A H Blair, Mrs Bonner, Mr Gordon Boswell, Mr Andrew Boyle, Mr & Mrs Douglas & Carol Brands, Mrs Christine Breslin, Mrs Susanne Breslin, Mrs Kate Brierley, David Duthie British Polythene Industries, Mrs Elsie Bryson, Mrs Barbara Bryson, Mrs Jeanette Buchanan, Mrs Tracy Bunton, Miss Sheena Cairns, Mrs Ann Caldwell, Mrs Calvert, Mrs Christina Cameron, Mrs M Campbell, Lord Innes Catto, Mrs Rhoda Chalmers, Mrs M Chalmers, Chamber of Commerce, Mrs Carole Chamberlain, Mrs Lynne Chambers, Charities Aid Charities Trust, Miss E Christie, Mrs Susan Church, Robert Clark, Mrs Annette Clark, Mr Ralph Clarke, Mrs Clayton, Miss Margaret Colquhoun, Ms MarthaConaghan, Mrs Mieke Cook, Ms J Cook, Mrs Sadelle Coyle, Mrs Carolyn Craig, Miss Lesley Baillie Crawford, Mrs A Crawford, Mrs M Crawford, Mrs Catriona Crichton, Mr Joseph Cubitt, Mr Currie, Mrs Lesley Currie, Mrs Linda Currie, Mrs Jean Currie, Mr Hugh Currie, Mrs Jean Dalrymple, Mrs C Darrah, Mr K Devlin, Mrs Jill Dick, John Dinning, Mrs Elizabeth Dixon, Mrs Docherty, Mrs Mary Donaldson, Mr Douglas, Miss Sandra Downie, Mr Denis Dryden, Mrs Elinor Dunn, Doctor Helen S Dunsmore, Mrs Joan Duthie, Mrs Dyer, Mr David Eagle, EIS Inverclyde, Julie Ellen, Walter R Erskine, Facts International, Mrs Faith, Mr Finch, Mr Derek Findlay, Mr Robert Finlay, Mrs Irene Finlay, Mrs Miriam Finnegan, Mr & Mrs Kevin & Jean Firth, Mr Firth, Mrs Margaret Fisher, Mr John Flockhart, Mr & Mrs Forbes, Miss E Forde, Dr John Forster, Miss Martina Franke, Mr J Freer, Mrs Ellen Friel, Mr Norman Fullerton, Mr Charles Gair, Mr Michael Gallacher, Ms Margaret Garrett, Mr Brian Gavin, George Davie & Sons, George Square Players, Mr Andrew Gerrard, Mrs Anne Gillan, Mr Duncan Gillespie, Mrs Linda Gillies, Mr Gillies, Mr David Christopher Glancy, Holland House, Mrs Mary Goodwin, Mrs Alice Gordon, Mr & Mrs Gormley, Mrs Amanda Gorry, Mr David Gorry, Miss Sarah Gorry, Mrs Jean Gourley, Gourock High School, Gourock Primary School, Gourock Rotary, Miss E Gray, West of Scotland Insurance Brokers Ltd. Greenock Burns Club, Greenock Philosophical Society, Greenock West United Reformed Church, Greenock Writers Club, Greenock Youth Theatre, Mrs Mary Griffin, Mr Henry Haddock, Mr P Hamill, Miss I F Hamilton, Mrs Isobel Hamilton, Mr Gordon Hamilton, Mrs Margaret Harkness, Mr & Mrs Peter Hempsey, Mrs E Hendry, Mr Mitchell Hodge, Mr Stanley Hodge, Gillean Hogg, Mrs Avril Hood, Mr W Hood, Mrs Glenda Horton, Mrs Hunter, Mrs Irene Ianniello, Mr James Inglis, Miss Christina Inglis, Mrs H Innes, Inverclyde & Renfrew Musical Festival, Inverclyde EIS, Inverclyde Ladies Probus Club, Inverclyde Schools String Orchestra, Inverclyde Voices, Mabel Irving, Mr & Mrs J A Jamieson, Mr & Mrs A & K Jess, Mr Ian Johnson, Miss Marie Kean, Mr & Mrs P Kelly, Mrs Phoebe Kerr, Mrs Anne Lamont, Mrs Lapsley, Mr James Laurie, Mrs Melanie Leslie-Carter, Mrs F Lowrie, Mrs Lyons, Mr Cliff Lyons, Mrs Jean Lyons, Lord MacFarlane of Bearsden, Captain MacFeate, Mrs MacGregor, Mrs Jacqueline MacIntyre, Mr MacIntyre, Miss Audrey Mackay, Mr M G MacKenzie, Mr Alan Mackie, Mr Ian Mackie, Mrs Kathleen MacLennan, Mr & Mrs Ann & John MacLeod, Mr Jim MacLeod, Mr Brian MacMillan, Mr Hector MacPhail, Ms Rhona MacVicar, Dr Peter Maguire, Mrs Lesley Mahon, Mrs Martha Orr Malcolm, Mrs Fiona Marjoribanks, Mrs Elizabeth Marshall, Mr Eric Marshall, Mrs Maxfield Mrs Angela McAulay, Mr Andrew McCaffer, Mr John McCartney, Miss Euphemia McCartney, Mr McClymont, Mrs McConnell, Mr I McCrorie, Mrs Olive McCrorie, Mr Stewart McDonald, Mrs McEwing, Mrs McFarlane, Mrs Maureen McGeehan, Mrs Janet McGhie, Mrs Lorna McGilp, Mrs McGrath, Mrs D McGregor,Mrs McGugan, Mrs A Nina McKechnie, Mr Elliott McKelvie, Mrs Muriel R McKenzie, Mr A S McKenzie, Mrs Joan McKenzie, Mr & Mrs Gordon & Helen McKenzie, Mrs Janette McKenzie, Mr Gordon McKenzie, Jennifer McLaren, Miss Anne-Marie McLauchlan, Mrs McLaughlin, Cl Jim McLeod, Mr & Mrs D.A.S McMillan, Mr John McNab, Mrs Mary McNicol, Mary McShane, Mrs Middleton, Mr John L Miller, Miss Sandra Miller Downie, Mr Ian F Milne, Mr Stuart Mitchell, Mr Graham Mitchell, Mr Graham C Mitchell, Mrs A Mitchell, Katherine Montgomery, Dr & Mrs JJ Morice, Mr & Mrs Wm Biggart, Kilmacolm Dancers, Mrs Helen Mulholland, National Semiconductor, Mr M Neilson, Mrs Alice Northcott, Mr William Nugent, Old Gourock & Ashton Church Guild, Mr & Mrs W A Orr, Mr James Orr, Mr Frederick Geoffrey Orr, Mr & Mrs William & Jemima Orr, Mr Cameron H Parker CVO OBE DL, Mr & Mrs Paterson, Mr S Paterson, Mr & Mrs R Paterson, Dr Iain Paton, Mrs J. Irene Patrick, Mrs Jenny Patrick, F Paul, Mr John Peden Mr Norman Pettigrew, Mr Joseph Phillips, Mr John S Phillips, Pool Theatre Company, Dr Arthur A Pow, Provincial Grand Master of Renfrewshire, Mrs Anne Quigg, Mrs Adrienne Rae, Rainbow Friends, Mrs Ramsay, Kathryn Rankin, P. Bryce Reid, Mrs Elsa J Reid, Mrs M Reid, Reid MacKellar Opticians, Mr & Mrs Ernst Reimann, Remark Productions, Mrs M Richardson, Mrs Eileen Ritchie, Mr & Mrs Allan & Anne Roach, Mrs Roberts, Mr Eric Robertson, Mr Robert Robertson, Mr & Mrs Patrick & Dorothy Rodden, Mrs Joyce Rodger, Mrs Christine Ross, Mr J S & Mrs S C Routledge, RSCDS West Renfr. Branch, Miss Kirsty Samuel, SCDA Inverclyde District, Mrs Scott, Mr D Scott, Scottish Retired Teachers Association, Dr P D & J M Semple, Mrs C M Sharpe, Lady Shaw Stewart, Mr & Mrs Shearer, Miss Janet Fulton Shedden, Mrs Janet Shedden, Sheilhill Wednesday Club, Mr James Sheridan, Sophie Siddons, Mr J M & Mrs L Slack, Mrs Isabel Smith Isabel Smith, Mrs Fiona Smith, Mr Cameron Smith, Ms Rebecca Snell, Mrs Sommerville, Miss Jane Sorensen, Mrs Janette Spooner, St Andrews Garage, Mr Steven Stanley, Mr Joe Stein, Mrs Dorothy Stewart, Miss Elaine Eleanor Stewart, Mr & Mrs Arthur Still, Mrs Irene Storie, Mr John Strachan, Mrs Maureen Strathern, Mrs Anne Sutherland, Mrs Ellen Syme, Mrs Margaret Tait, Mrs Georgina Tarbet, Mrs Kay Taylor, Mr John Taylor, Telecom Services Centre Ltd, Mr John Terris, The Regent Club, Moira Thomson, Mrs Todd, Mr David Turnbull, Mrs Maureen Twaddle, Dr Jeanette Tyldsley Smith, Mrs Wallace, Neil Wallace Barlow, Mrs Mary Ward, Mr Thomas Ward, Mr Webster, Mr & Mrs Weir, Mr M A White, Mr Richard Wilson, Mrs Rosalind Woollard, Ms Isabel Wylie, Sir Eric Yarrow, Mrs Nora Young.

Many thanks to our Beacon Patrons

We thank the following people for their kind donations to Light up Lives in Inverclyde… 

Susan Robinson, Mike Howorth, Anonymous, Ian F. Milne, John & Ann MacLeod, Neil W Barlow, Margaret & Ian Dyer, Martin Axford, Dr H.S Dunsmore OBE, Rosalind & Geoff Woolard, Kathryn Ellaway, Allan Robertson, Elizabeth Dixon, Raymond Jack, Daniel & Zeinab Temiaka, Anonymous, Gordon Armour, Mo & Matt Neilson, Mr & Mrs Aitken, Mairi Surtees Cameron – Afro Celt Productions, Elizabeth Armour, Marie Kean, Murdoch Rodgers, Douglas Pilkington, Jacquie and Duncan MacIntyre, Anonymous, Richard Wilson, Ruth E Bennett, Dr & Mrs Ian and Janet Campbell.

With their help, and that of others, we can develop this fantastic community resource for present and future generations.

A special thanks to local artists Alec Galloway and Louise Wylie who champion our Patron scheme.


Creatability is a yearlong programme that will offer 50 young people with additional support needs the opportunity to take part in inspirational aerial dance sessions. The weekly sessions will be delivered by All or Nothing, Scotland’s leading aerial dance practitioners working closely with Waterbaby Dance, a leading company in Scotland who specialise in working with young people with additional needs. These sessions will culminate in an exciting performance piece presented at the Beacon Arts Centre for participant’s family, friends and the wider community to attend.

Aerial dance is unique in the movement possibilities it opens up for a disabled young person. It incorporates ropes or silks often attached to the ceiling allowing participants to explore space in three dimensions. This is an especially liberating experience for those with profound disabilities as it allows them to experience weightlessness and complete freedom from their wheelchairs. Flying at low levels aerial dance allows the participant to learn new skills such as pushing, spinning, stretching and swinging. In addition to this, the learning focus is on creativity allowing the teaching to be fully inclusive for the participants taking part.

The Creatabilty programme has successfully ran in a ten week block for the last two years and has involved partners such as Reach for Autism, Barnardo’s and local additional support needs school Craigmarloch. Creatability has had a fundamental impact and benefit on the quality of the young people’s lives. These include physical benefits such as increased range of movement, strength, agility and balance. Cognitive benefits such as increased focus, memory function and ability to socially engage with piers. Other benefits included improved mood, sleeping patterns and confidence. From participant feedback it can be seen that the young people particularly enjoyed being part of a team, having fun and expressing themselves creatively. The development of the year round programme is in response to the participants and their family’s desire for the programme to evolve in to a year round provision in their local area in-turn giving disabled young people the same opportunities as their non-disabled peers. This level of engagement will provide a sense of achievement and increase confidence and self-esteem.

A considerable benefit to this project has been the strengthened network of support developed between the project partner organisations. We will continue to nurture this increased engagement and connection, developing a wider social and support network that continues to open up pathways to inclusivity across Inverclyde, reaching out to young people with a disability who have had barriers to, or little opportunity, to access the arts.

42 young people with autism or additional support needs participated in phase one of the project, increasing to 45 in phase two. 50 will be the participation target for phase three.

Statistics gathered from participant’s evaluation forms
All participants noted an increase in confidence.
All participants felt that working as a team was easier than usual.
100% of the participants felt their movement skills had greatly improved
100% of the participants rated their experience of the project as ‘fantastic’.
39 of the 42 participants felt more motivated than usual.

Statistics gathered from guardians:
100% of guardians have expressed a strong desire for the project to continue.
When asked to rate the groups experience, 100% of the guardians gave the top rating of ‘fantastic’.
When asked to rate their child’s level of engagement, 100% of guardians stated that they were fully engaged throughout.
The quality of teaching and the content of the workshops was rated as exceptional by 100% of the guardians.
All guardians noted health benefits as a result of young people taking part in Creatability. Some highlights include improved sleep, mood, confidence, agility, balance and energy.

These quotes from participants guardians give us reasons to feel proud of the Creatability project:
“Brilliant! I felt really emotional watching; it’s great that kids with disabilities are not being held back.”
“A delight to see the support they gave to each other.”
“Inclusion at its best!”