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Pride restored to South Shields community space thanks to funding
15 August 2014

The Charles Young Centre in South Shields, Tyne and Wear secured a £16,500 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.


Funded under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, the project involved the complete renovation of the male and female toilets.  The centre is almost 30 years old and the toilet facilities were in desperate need of bringing up to modern day standards.  The recently completed project works included the installation of brand new toilets and wash basins, as well as fresh decoration throughout. 


The committee is looking forward to being able to offer the facility for community events and celebrations as well as to hire for private parties. Sessions already being taken up by local people include carpet bowls, junior dance class, line dancing and an exercise class, as well as bingo and an afternoon tea dance.


Maureen Newby, Project Manager, Charles Young Centre, said:


“The toilet refurbishment was badly needed and when complete will hopefully bring a boost to membership and encourage others to use the centre.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“The project at the Charles Young Centre will improve facilities and encourage greater use of this community space, both now and in the future and we are pleased to be able to support it.”