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Yewdale Community Centre celebrates project completion with launch event
20 March 2015

Yewdale Community Association in Carlisle secured a £5,340 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 improvement project at Yewdale Community Centre, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, has refurbished the ceiling, installed insulation and energy efficient lighting, and redecorated the lounge area.  The lounge has been completely transformed and is now a modern, versatile space which can be hired by members of the public, groups, clubs or businesses for meetings, parties or social events. The room is also used by children attending our After School and Holiday Clubs.


The Centre is about to install a new 3D Projector which can be used for business presentations and we also plan to screen movies.


Jude Coupland, Childcare Manager, said


“The 3D projector will be a fabulous addition to our Holiday Club and After School provision allowing the children to enjoy the novelty of 3D large screen movie viewings at low cost and the potential for large screen gaming tournaments, which adds an additional element to our extensive offering of activities and resources.”


The total project cost just over £8000 the remainder of the funds coming from Yewdale Ward’s City Councillors, Tom Dodd, Karen Atkinson and Steven Bowditch who are all members of the Community Centre Management Committee.


To celebrate the completion of the project the Association is hosting a celebratory launch event on Tuesday 24th March from noon.  Members of the local community are invited to join the Association for refreshments and a look around the newly improved facilities.


Steve Carter, Manager, Yewdale Community Centre, said:

 The feedback we’ve had so far has been fantastic, the lounge refurbishment programme has enhanced our facility and helped to create a space which is inviting for all our users, within the local community and further afield. I think our users will be delighted.”


Ann Harper, Volunteer, Yewdale Community Association, said:


“I really can’t wait to see the new look lounge – it will make such a difference to our users.”


Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:


“This project is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.  We’re pleased to support the Yewdale Community Association, who have given the centre a new lease of life.”