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Helping hand for Sheffield children’s centre

Volunteers and children at Sheffield Children's Centre as work took place to improve the look of the site.

Volunteers and children at Sheffield Children's Centre as work took place to improve the look of the site.

An army of volunteers are helping to spruce up a dilapidated Sheffield children’s centre hit by funding cuts.

Sheffield Children’s Centre, Duchess Road, Highfield, was visited by about 20 volunteers – including 15 from the Department of Work and Pensions – as part of a scheme set up by charity Participate Projects.

The team spent the day at the centre, where work included redecorating the front of one of the three buildings on site used by the children’s centre.

Anthony Waddington, project director, said the charity will need to be involved in revamping the site ‘for at least the next 12 months’ and is looking for other organisations to volunteer the time of workers to help out.

He said: “We were asked have a look and see if our volunteers could help out.

“It is dilapidated, with older buildings that need some TLC. There is a huge amount of work to be done.”

He said that, as well as organising volunteers to carry out tasks, he spoke to centre workers about how they could carry out fundraising to pay for more specialised work such as roofing improvements.

The centre is now self-funded after losing Sheffield Council financial support last year as part of budget cuts.

Nasim Malik, for Sheffield Children’s Centre, said: “This help, which has come as a blessing to us, is fabulous.

“The hard work the DWP team and Participate Project have put in is extensive and we could not have done it without them, given that we are still reeling from the 100 per cent funding cut that was imposed onto us in 2013.”

 

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