A SIMPLE ribbon-cutting ceremony launched a valuable community resource for a Sheffield suburb.
Heeley MP Meg Munn performed the opening of a new extension at the Spires Community Centre, in Arbourthorne which will be used to teach life skills to local youngsters.
It provides space for a community cafe, a large room for group work and access to computers and desks so young people can complete their homework in a safe and supportive environment.
After cutting the ribbon to open the extension, Meg presented certificates to volunteers to acknowledge the number of hours they had worked at the centre.
Volunteers of all ages were recognised for their contribution over the last two years, some were new to the Spires Centre while one young person had completed more than 1,000 hours of volunteering.
The centre on East Bank Road provides community activities including luncheon clubs to youth services. It is run by the Miracle Trust and has received funding from a wide range of sources and has a contract with Sheffield Futures for youth work in the area.
Meg said: ”It was a real evening of celebration. I pay tribute to everyone who has made the Spires Community Centre a thriving local resource. I’m sure the new extension will provide a valuable resource and help to improve the life chances of young people. I’m looking forward to using the cafe.”