Skinningrove Link Up, in Cleveland, secured a £23,700 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, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Skinningrove Link Up is a community hub operating within an old primary school building. The facility hosts a cooperative; selling essential foodstuffs, local produce and crafts, as well as a variety of clubs including: gardening, community education and training, healthy eating, exercise classes and a youth group. The facility provides access to free ICT equipment and an on-site cafe run by volunteers. In more recent years the hub has been affected by a dramatic increase in the cost of energy, to the point where its facility is becoming unsustainable.
Work on the project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, is already underway and includes the replacement of the old boiler and cast iron radiators with a new condensing boiler and more energy efficient radiators. Once the project works have been completed the hub will not only benefit from improved sustainability, it will be a warmer and more energy efficient space.
Alan Gardner, Volunteer Treasurer, Skinningrove Link Up, said:
“The new heating system will half our energy costs, making us financially sustainable.”
Mike Jukes, Lead Trustee, Skinningrove Link Up, said:
“We are delighted that Biffa Award has given us this fantastic grant.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The project at Skinningrove Link Up is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the comfort of the community.”