The community centre of St George’s Church in Bridge St West, Newtown, Birmingham, is now a warmer and more flexible venue for activities and events thanks to the completion of a £20,000 revamp. St George's Church of England Church serves the parish of Newtown, an inner city area one mile north of Birmingham City Centre. St George's welcomes all residents of the parish, and beyond, regardless of faith.
The project, which was led by St George’s Parochial Church Council, has installed new windows in the centre’s upper hall and a meeting room, and a soundproofed folding partition between the hall and the worship area. The partition means that groups can now meet in the two spaces without disturbing each other. A wide range of groups and organisations use the centre during the week. These include a youth club, Brownies and Guides, a chess club, boxing and football clubs, ESOL classes and an African cultural group.
The improvements have made the building a more welcoming and flexible venue for activities and events for the whole community. Built in the 1970s, it had become cold, dated and uninviting, and was no longer fit-for-purpose.
Funding came from The Veolia Environmental Trust who awarded a grant of £19,579 through the Landfill Communities Fund. The shortfall was met by the church from its own reserves. The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund for 19 years. The Landfill Communities Fund is a tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies.
Commenting on the completion of the work, Shabana said:
“I am pleased to hear that improvements have been made to the community centre and that the whole community will benefit from a more welcoming building. I wish them the best of luck keeping up the good work as a centre for community activities.”