A new community centre in Chester has received a £20,000 funding boost from Postcode Community Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
Staff at St Mary’s Handbridge Centre, which opened in June this year, will use the funding to purchase an acoustic folding screen room divider.
The centre provides space for a wide array of groups to meet, from mother and toddler groups to the upcoming harvest barn dance and lunch clubs for elderly people.
The purchase will enable the centre to meet the needs of the community by ensuring that different events and activities can take place at the same time within the space, without disruption.
A cafe area is also planned, providing local residents and centre users alike with a much desired space for meeting and socialising.
Ted Edwards, a churchwarden at St Mary’s, was behind the funding application.
He was joined by Chester MP Chris Matheson as he accepted the cheque from People’s Postcode Lottery’s head of public affairs, Malcolm Fleming on Tuesday (18th September 2018).
Alison McLellan and Helen Brophy – who were both being instrumental in supporting and planning for the new centre – were also present at the event.
Ted commented: “Receiving this award of £20,000 will make a massive difference to the way that our fantastic new community centre can be used and will allow us to accommodate more groups than would otherwise have been the case.”
MP Chris Matheson said: “On behalf of the local community in Handbridge and Chester, I would like to thank players of People’s Postcode Lottery for this award from Postcode Community Trust.
“By purchasing this essential piece of equipment and creating a cafe, this funding will go a long way to addressing the needs of the community and in helping to reduce social isolation by bringing people together.”