Northgate Ward Development Group in Canterbury has secured a £23,000 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, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
The renovation project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will move and upgrade toilet facilities within the local community centre.
Northgate Ward Community Centre hosts various drop in clinics, computer courses, as well as weekly art, keep fit, bingo, games, short mat bowls, lunch club and sewing club. In one year the centre attracted over 7,000 visitors. This project will allow Northgate Ward Development Group to move and modernise the toilet area to free up space for a much needed kitchen extension for the busy cafe. It is hoped that the project will make the space even more attractive to local residents, and potential venue hirers for big events such as conferences, weddings and private parties.
Ann Bradley, Community Centre Manager, said:
“Northgate Ward Community Centre Management has been working hard to modernise and update the building for the past 5 years and the Biffa Award grant will enable the final phase to be completed, so that local residents have a community centre to be proud of and to enjoy for all sorts of activities for many years to come.”
Hilary Hinde, Resident, Volunteer and Centre User, said:
“The toilet facilities were in much need of updating, I am very pleased to see this work now being carried out thanks to the Biffa Award grant.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“The refurbishment and renovation project at Northgate Ward Community Centre is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community, and we’re pleased to support it”