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Funding boost to improve facilities at Fencehouses Community Association
03 December 2015
Funding boost to improve facilities at Fencehouses Community Association

Fencehouses Community Association in County Durham has secured a £10,000 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. 

Fencehouses Community Centre is a hub for local groups and activities.  The building hosts a variety of activities including Zumba, community gym, bowls, dance, a nursery and walking stick makers group. The project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will replace an existing boiler in the community centre.

The building is well decorated and attractive but the temperamental nature of the boiler means that the building becomes almost unusable in the winter months. The current boiler is more than 25 years old and inefficient, resulting in little control over room temperature and an average annual heating and lighting cost of £8,000.  Users complain about the facilities being either too hot or too cold.  Biffa Award funding will replace the existing boiler, and become more energy efficient. This will then allow the centre to save a significant amount on heating, which in turn can be used to further develop activities available to users. The aim is that this improvement to the building’s infrastructure will help attract new user groups and improve the variety of activities available to the community.

Anne Smith, Treasurer said:

We are delighted to receive this award. We hope that it will help reduce our energy bills.

Brian Brown, Fencehouses Indoor Bowling Group said:

This is good news, it will help our group who meet at the community centre three times a week.

Gillian French, Biffa Award, said:

“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”