Community projects win £94,000 funding

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Three community projects in Sheffield have secured a share of £94,000 to help them carry out work.

Money has been handed over by the Veolia Environmental Trust to Christ Church in Heeley, Park Community Action and Stocksbridge Christian Centre.

Christ Church will use its grant of £48,302 to upgrade kitchen and toilet facilities at Heeley Parish Church, on Gleadless Road.

Church warden Sue Law said: “These improvements will be hugely beneficial as there are currently no disabled-access toilets or baby-changing facilities in the building. We are looking forward to work starting.”

Park Community Action was awarded £25,375 to refurbish the Park Centre on Samson Street. Improvement work at the former Edwardian baths will bring the upper floor and ground floor space into use for community activities.

Meanwhile, Stocksbridge Christian Centre secured £21,000 to upgrade the energy efficiency of its building on Cedar Road. Plans include the installation of a new boiler and double-glazed windows.

Reverend James Grayson said: “These improvements will make the centre a more comfortable and safe environment for all community groups, particularly older people or those with disabilities.”

The Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded £2,455,172 to 89 community and environmental projects in South Yorkshire since 1997.

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said that applying for grants is a competitive process.

“We are pleased to be able to help these important projects. We look forward to seeing the work start and the improved community spaces take shape.”