Work to begin on new community centre in Sheffield

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Work is to begin on a new community centre in a Sheffield suburb thanks to a £377,000 grant from the city council.

The new centre will be based at a currently disused communal building at the old Newman Court sheltered housing complex on Newman Road, Wincobank.

Sheffield Council has agreed to provide the cash needed to refurbish the top floor of the building, which will open as the new centre and be managed by the ‘Wincobank Village Hall Trust’.

The group also plans to raise funds to refurbish the ground floor at a later stage, through grants not available to the city council.

Work is due to start in later this month and is expected to last for around five months, with local firm RF Joinery & Shopfitting Ltd carrying out the work.

There are plans to run community events in the centre, as well as activities for the elderly, young people and nursery children.

It will have full disabled access.

Councillor Ben Curran, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for Finance and Resources, said: “We are committed to supporting our communities and helping them thrive.

“I’m delighted that Wincobank is getting a new community centre.

“It will be a fantastic resource for local people and I’d like to thank the Wincobank Village Hall Trust for working tirelessly with us to make this happen.”

Councillor Peter Price, Chairman of the Wincobank Village Hall Trust, said: ”This new Wincobank Village Hall is the realisation of a dream we have held for many years.

“Ever since the demise of the old Washhouse Centre, the community of Wincobank have worked hard and campaigned to acquire their very own building and here it is.

“We can now continue the process of building on the great community spirit existing here and help develop our community cohesion between all groups.”