Park Hill given swift new look

Making a difference: Work in progress during the refurbishment of Park Hill Community Centre.
Making a difference: Work in progress during the refurbishment of Park Hill Community Centre.
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VOLUNTEERS pitched in to give a Sheffield community centre a swift makeover in just two days.

Around 80 helpers refurbished the Park Hill Community Centre on Duke Street, giving the walls a fresh lick of gleaming white paint and installing equipment and furniture.

Making a difference: Work in progress during the refurbishment of Park Hill Community Centre.

Making a difference: Work in progress during the refurbishment of Park Hill Community Centre.

A total of 20 local organisations took part in the project, known as Really Making a Difference Day, either donating materials towards the revamp or volunteering staff to carry out the labour.

Over the two days, the workers replaced a fire door, built a theatre stage, fitted new carpets and improved the lighting and electrics in the main hall.

Volunteers also helped create a mural for the walls featuring pretty illustrations of ballerinas and moons and got their paintbrushes out to freshen up the railings outside the building.

Helpers also created new storage space for gym and sports equipment and moved in a supply of new office furniture including desks and chairs.

The centre, which was in need of sprucing up, hosts a whole range of classes and groups from the local community.

The Making a Difference campaign provides thousands of people across the country with the opportunity to try their hand at volunteering.

Volunteers work on projects in partnership with local companies, councils and other voluntary organisations.

The centre is used regularly for youth activities, including indoor football games, and community events such as police PACT meetings.

Computer workshops and other educational courses are also on offer.

The revamped hall will be officially unveiled on Monday by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law.