A community centre in Washington is set to benefit from a £43,314 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.
The refurbishment project at Springwell Village Community Venue, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will see upgrades to the toilet facilities and refurbishing the community area to incorporate a community cafe.
The improvements will ensure that community groups and activities can continue at the venue and also encourage more people to use the facility. The toilet upgrade will see the addition of integrated baby changing units and redesign of the layout to make it suitable for all.
The refurbish and update of the community area with the addition of a community café will provide much needed suitable tables and chairs. The community café and in house catering service will generate income and offer essential future sustainability for the centre whilst providing an accessible, clean, warm and welcoming environment for the whole community to use.
Stella Jacques, Volunteer, said:
“I have been a member for over 35 years and I was thrilled to hear the news of the Biffa Award and the difference it will make to all the users. I am a volunteer and attend various groups throughout the week and I am aware that everyone is looking forward to seeing the completion of the much needed refurbished community room and the extra comfort it will provide along with the more accessible toilet facilities.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We are pleased to support the project at Springwell Village Community Venue, the refurbishment of the hall and upgrade to the toilet facilities will greatly benefit this well used community facility.”