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Choose Helensburgh and Lomond Live, learn and work

Why choose Helensburgh and Lomond?

It’s a great size – not too big and not too small, Helensburgh and Lomond is the largest area in Argyll and Bute, with a population of 25,900.

It’s really well connected - it takes about 45 minutes to get from Helensburgh to Glasgow and under two hours to get to Edinburgh and there are trains every half hour. You can take the West Highland train line to Fort William, Mallaig and Oban. If you want to go south, the Caledonian Sleeper runs between Fort William and London Euston, calling at Helensburgh Upper. Traveline Scotland can help your journeys.

It comes highly recommended - Helensburgh appeared in the 2017 Sunday Times list of the 12 best places to live in Scotland. Criteria for the top locations were jobs, exam results, broadband speed, culture, community spirit and local shops. There are also a number of award-winning restaurants and hotels in the area.

You can find what you want here - It has a great mix of independent shops, retail chains and other supermarkets, including the Co-op, Waitrose and Tesco.

Choose from independent shops or major retail chains

There are lots of things for all the family to see and do in and around Helensburgh. Here are just a few examples:

There are plenty of things to do for all the family

There are a wide range of community groups and organisations that might allow you to continue with your interests and hobbies, or even try out some new ones.

For more about days out and events happening in Argyll and Bute go to Wild about Argyll and Love Loch Lomond

Health

When choosing where you and your family live, you want to make sure they’ll be well taken care of. The Helensburgh and Lomond area – and the wider Greater Glasgow area – offers excellent health care facilities.

Helensburgh’s Victoria Integrated Health Centre provides Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Audiology, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Gynacology, Language and Speech Therapy and Radiography. It does not provide an in-patients service.

There are GP surgeries in Arrochar, Garelochhead, Kilcreggan and two in Helensburgh.

There are five dental practices in the area.

Should you need hospital attention, you could be referred to the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley; the Golden Jubilee Hospital – a Centre of Excellence; or the Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria. There is more information on the NHS website.

If you want to know how the local NHS performs in Scotland, please look at these websites.

A new home

Finding the right home, whether you’re single or have a family, is really important. There is plenty of choice in Helensburgh and Lomond ranging from town centre flats, converted villas, rural retreats and new, modern homes.

Flats, villas or cottages in town or rural settings. The choice is yours.

At the moment, Taylor Wimpey and Persimmon Homes are building two new developments at Hermitage Grange and Duchess Gait. Further developments are in the planning stages so there will be plenty of homes available in the future.

You can find homes to buy and rent at popular online property sites and from local estate agents, solicitors and rental agencies.

Learning

There are fewer things more important than your children’s education and we recognise that making the transition from one school to another, let alone one curriculum to another, can be daunting,

That’s why Argyll and Bute Council has put together an education welcome pack that you can download. It explains the main things you need to know such as information about all the schools in the area, how to make placement requests for the school of your choice, and social activities for young people.

Our welcome pack tells you all you need to know about education and social activities for young people in Helensburgh and Lomond

There are measures in place to help make transition as easy as possible for your children.

The MOD Education Support Fund was set up under the announcements made within the Armed Forces Covenant: to recognise the effect that the exceptional mobility and deployment of our Armed Forces can have on schools with children from Armed Forces families. This is how the resource can help:

  • Training and resourcing for “Seasons for Growth” provides social and emotional support for pupils from Armed Forces families, particularly at times of deployment;
  • The curriculum matching project supports schools to match pupils into our curriculum when moving from different systems. This work has been shared across Scotland; and
  • Additional teaching staff means an enhanced resource allocation in the Helensburgh and Lomond area ensuring pupils from Armed Forces families receive additional support to cope with a new curriculum and/or effects of the deployment of a family member.

If you want to get in touch with someone to discuss any concerns you might have, please email emer.flett@argyll-bute.gov.uk. We also have a Facebook page - Service Pupil Advisor Helensburgh & Lomond

Some of our local schools

Other useful websites with more information on education, including further and higher education, in Argyll and Bute are:

Working

For spouses moving to Helensburgh, part of the settling-in process will include finding work. The key industries in Argyll and Bute include: forestry, aquaculture, tourism, marine sciences and services, food and drink, and renewable energy. The other main employer is the public sector – council, NHS and emergency services.

Argyll needs and welcomes skilled workers

There are also opportunities for teachers and supply teachers and a real need for childminders. There is a teaching qualification conversion process to enable qualifications to be approved and registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland. Courses can be done in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling. For more information, contact wendy.brownlie@argyll-bute.gov.uk.

If you are applying for a job, these are the main websites to check, as well as the local papers.

Argyll and Bute Council’s Business Gateway Service can provide you with support if you are interested in starting your own business.

Investment

Argyll and Bute Council has been leading considerable investment in Helensburgh. Seven million pounds has already been spent refurbishing East Clyde Street and the town centre. Colquhoun Square has now won two awards for its design and the innovative Outdoor Museum. Local retailers have also been taking advantage of a local grant scheme to upgrade and improve their shop fronts, continuing to make the town centre a more attractive place for visitors and shoppers.

The Outdoor Museum

Eighteen million pounds has been announced to underpin redevelopment of Helensburgh waterfront, which includes £5million awarded from the UK Government Libor Fund. The new development will comprise a leisure centre, including a swimming pool which is suitable for competitive and leisure swimming. There will also be new and improved flood defences. Construction work begins 2019-21.

Hermitage Park Gates

A partnership between The Friends of Hermitage Park Association and Argyll and Bute Council is leading a £3.1m restoration of Hermitage Park, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the War Memorial Trust. This major development project will restore key historic features, do essential repair work and build a contemporary pavilion with café. This much-loved green space will become a 21st century asset for Helensburgh residents and visitors alike.

We hope that you choose Argyll, and love Argyll and we look forward to welcoming you to Helensburgh and Lomond.

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