South Yorkshire charity gains £40,000 to expand operations

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A South Yorkshire community association has secured over £40,000 in grant funding to extend their premises and offer extra childcare services.

Station House, based in Thurnscoe, is being supported by the Enterprising Communities Programme, which is delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

The charity, which encourages parents with young children to maintain a working life through the provision of affordable childcare, recognised that it was in a precarious financial position.

Chief Executive Charlotte Williams said she had to find a way to increase income and ensure a sustainable future for the organisation.

She said: “Through the help provided by Enterprising Communities we realised that the most viable option to us would be to extend the building we already have as opposed to move somewhere else, but to do this we needed funding.

“Having such a strong plan in place has meant that we have been able to secure over £40,000 in funds. We can now begin work on the extension and will soon be in a position to increase our numbers.”

Station House now has a waiting list of families, with 100 children already attending regularly.