Community centre has lottery funding boost

Corby, Stuart Road Community Centre, former church re-opened by BHC (Building Healthier Communities) regular table top sales being held in the hall. L-r Betty Green (programme co-ordinator), Elizabeth Dongo (CEO BHC), Bridget Kombe. 'Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Corby, Stuart Road Community Centre, former church re-opened by BHC (Building Healthier Communities) regular table top sales being held in the hall. L-r Betty Green (programme co-ordinator), Elizabeth Dongo (CEO BHC), Bridget Kombe. 'Wednesday, 18 May 2011

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A community centre run by volunteers is celebrating being awarded more than £11,000 for its work in Corby.

Stuart Road Community Centre received a grant of £9,270 under the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme.

The centre has also been given a £2,000 grant from Northamptonshire Community Foundation.

Elizabeth Adongo, programme co-ordinator, said: “It is going to help us to make the centre a lot more accessible and to continue some of the work we are doing, in particular being able to put it in to projects that bring all ages and parts of the community in to the centre, and creating the Corby spirit.”

The centre runs a gardening club, for people with learning difficulties, a food co-operative and luncheon club to promote local fruit and veg and holds aims to promote community cohesion.

The centre, which is run with the help of charity Building Healthier Communities, aims to start “wellbeing” sessions.

Ms Adongo said: “We will be holding exercise classes, yoga, anything to do with wellbeing – nutrition and stopping smoking.

“Also it will enable us to increase our volunteering base and the projects run by volunteers. At the moment we are looking to recruit more volunteers, such as gardeners – people who are experts, and people who can cook. We will be able to encourage more volunteers and to train them.”

She added: “With it being the UN Year of the Co-operative, they are expecting us to do a lot in being able to raise awareness of the work we are doing.”

Mick McGrath, Big Lottery Fund head of the East Midlands, said: “I’m really pleased to announce the first Awards for All grants for 2012 and to see some of the interesting activities which will improve communities across the region over the coming year, thanks to this funding.”