A dilapidated Grade II listed building in Accrington is set for an £49,000 makeover to turn it into a Community Hub.
The former stable block at Elmfield Hall, in Gatty Park, will become a training base for employment including a training kitchen, and facilitating community groups to relieve social isolation and improve the internal/external environment of a Grade II listed local community asset.
Grants from the Lancashire Environmental Fund and Newground Together have helped to make Community Solutions North West Ltd’s plans into a reality and add to the range of services provided from their Elmfield Hall base.
Peter Jordan, Newground Together’s Executive Director, said: “Newground Together’s remit is to help community-based projects. This project ticked all the boxes and we are glad to support it with funding.
“This project will help to provide badly-needed employment and training opportunities as well as community spaces into what is, statistically speaking, a deprived community.
“We look forward to seeing the renovations being completed and Elmfeld Hall become an important and valued community facility.”
Deborah Clark, Managing Director of Community Solutions North West added: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Newground Together and Lancashire Environmental Fund.
“Once renovated the facility will be used support our Community Connections group programme and will be an additional venue for local community groups.
“The aim of the initiative is to reduce social isolation, improve health and wellbeing and develop opportunities for volunteering, training and employment.
“We are thrilled to be starting renovations in the coming months to bring the facility back into community use in order to make a positive difference to the lives of local people”
Andy Rowett, Fund Manager, Lancashire Environmental Fund, said: “The Fund is pleased to be supporting such a worthwhile community resource.
“Landfill Communities Fund was set up for project just like this and I look forward to seeing the facility come to life over the coming months.”
The work is due to start on site in May and are due to be completed in the Autumn.