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Community centre stays warm for winter
29 February 2016

Deaf Hill Ward Regeneration Partnership in County Durham has secured a £14,580 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 project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will install a modern heating system and LED lighting to bring the community centre up to date.

Having served the community for nearly 90 years, these improvements will ensure the centre remains open and a cornerstone landmark in the local community. The money saved from the improvements will also ensure the centre activities remain affordable to the public.

Derek Bradley, Centre Manager said:

“We are delighted to receive the grant from Biffa Award. The building has served the community since 1928 and has seen many changes. Without the building the village would lose many services. This project will help the building remain the focal point of the community, ensuring we can continue offering these affordable services.”

Rochelle Raine, Centre User said:

“The upgrading will make the centre much calmer to use throughout the winter months, with no need to keep our coats on. If the centre can reduce its energy cost, the cost to the users remains affordable.”

Gillian French, Biffa Award, said:

“It is encouraging to see how the landfill communities fund can keep centres like these open for the community”