Sheffield’s Beighton Lifestyle Centre plans more events after successful year

Tracy Higginbottom, Beighton Vlllages Development Trust chairman, behind the counter in the Lifestyle Centre cafe.
Tracy Higginbottom, Beighton Vlllages Development Trust chairman, behind the counter in the Lifestyle Centre cafe.
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A community-run lifestyle centre is planning to put on more events for local residents after celebrating a successful financial year.

The Beighton Lifestyle Centre in the village’s High Street is already used for community activities such as playgroups, exercise classes and dance nights - with ambitious organisers hoping to use the facility for even more events in future.

New financial results released by the Beighton Villages Development Trust and the Beighton Community Partnership show the centre’s activities brought in income of £54,000 last year - a similar result to previous 12 months.

The joint annual statement of the two groups said the centre is ‘at full capacity in many areas’, but there is still scope for more to be done.

It said: “We are looking to expand into other areas, by increasing our events in the coming year, having already experimented with a fashion show and coffee morning and finding both extremely successful.

“While revenue from our assets is of course important, as it ensures the long-term continuation of the trust, the greater success is the asset the centre is becoming to the community. Used by all age groups, with a wide selection of activities, there is a definite buzz about the place.

“We are particularly proud of the feedback we get from many young mums saying what a lifeline the centre has been to them.”

The centre also saw its number of cafe customers increase considerably in 2013/14 - with its annual income at the shop going past £23,000. The figures represent an increase of 18 per cent compared to the previous 12 months.

The increase comes despite the cafe’s number of volunteers now falling to just three people, with the shop having to take on extra paid staff as a result.

But the report said the cafe ‘continues to be a major success in social terms’ as the public face of the development trust, and thanked the remaining volunteers for their ‘amazing commitment’.