Funding boost for community centre

spn pic community centre'Roberttown Community Centre. (030345)
spn pic community centre'Roberttown Community Centre. (030345)

MONEY has been promised for phase two of Roberttown Community Centre’s refurbishment.

The Spen Valley area committee unanimously agreed to provide up to £15,000 to bring the centre up to scratch for its multitude of users.

The Roberttown Youth and Community Association, a registered charity whose trustees run the centre, has also applied for a number of other grants. The cash from the area committee would plug any shortfall.

The total cost of refurbishment work – which would include the kitchen, toilets and porchway – would cost £34,000. Kathy Aveyard, from the centre, told the committee: “We have raised about £3,000 ourselves from the village pantomime.”

She said it was increasingly difficult to secure grants from other bodies.

“Feedback we’ve received is that there is not enough of a social cause – like if we were setting up an older people’s group,” she said.

“We’ve had a lot of requests turned down.”

However, the centre is used extensively by community groups and organisations, including the pre-school and mums and toddlers groups.

It is also regularly booked for private functions and parties.

Phase one of the scheme was rewiring and an extension, with funding from the area committee, and other grant bodies.

Coun David Sheard (Lab, Heck) encouraged the group to apply to the newly-formed Community First grant body for additional money.