Work begins tomorrow on an ambitious £60,000 project to upgrade a busy and well-used church in Sheffield.
Christ Church on Gleadless Road in Heeley is to receive a revamp focussing on the building’s dilapidated kitchens and toilets.
The improvements will mean people with disabilities and parents and carers with babies will be able to use the space in comfort. The new kitchen will mean we can offer catering facilities for current and future usersChurch warden Sue Law
Both are in urgent need of refurbishment and are set to be replaced by new toilets with disabled facilities and a modern fitted kitchen.
Baby changing facilities will also be fitted in one of the toilets.
The work will require remodelling the building’s interior. The entrance and hall will be redecorated and re-carpeted once it is complete.
Church warden Sue Law said: “It’s very exciting to see this much-needed work start and we cannot wait to see it complete. The church and the community space it offers is extremely busy but the condition of the kitchen and the toilets limits its use.
“The improvements will mean people with disabilities and parents and carers with babies will be able to use the space in comfort. The new kitchen will mean we can offer catering facilities for current and future users.”
Funding for the work has come from the church’s own reserves and the Veolia Environmental Trust, which has awarded over £48,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The Trust’s executive director, Paul Taylor, said: “It’s always great to hear about the start of a project we are helping. These improvements will make a big difference to the many people and organisations that use the church and we are happy to be able to help fund them.”
The building, which comprises a worship space, a main hall and a first floor room, is open six days a week for various community activities including parent and toddler groups, youth groups, coffee mornings and social events.
All users, as well as local supporters such as the Heeley Development Trust, were in full support of the revamp.
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