Birtley Community Association in County Durham have secured a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
The Building Improvements project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will include the installation of a new heating system and brand new radiators throughout the community centre.
Birtley Community Association is well established within the local community and provides for the educational, recreational and social needs of local people. It has a strong membership of more than 700 local people, but with the help of one-off activities and private hire throughout the year the centre welcomes something in the region of 3,000 people each year. Groups that meet at the centre include parent and toddler group, pre-school nursery, youth groups and groups aimed at helping unemployed young people and also groups catering for the social needs of older adults providing a social venue for this age group alleviating social isolation.
Brenda Price, Chairperson, Birtley Community Association, said:
“All community users will benefit from the new heating system. It will enable different groups to set the temperature at their preferred level and also have the ability to isolate when necessary.”
Mr C Bowron, Treasurer, Birtley Community Association, said:
“The new system will be environmentally friendly, save energy and also reduce the cost for the Centre.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them. The project to update the heating system at Birtley Community Association will improve this facility for local community groups to enjoy for many more years.”