£100k plan to revamp Sheffield community building

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Work is under way on a £99,000 project to transform a Sheffield community centre.

The Crookes Endowed Centre, St Thomas’ Church, Nairn Street, is to be transformed into a modern and versatile community hub.

The existing community room will be extended and refurbished, a new entrance at the rear of the building will installed to improve access, and new children’s toilet facilities and a storage area will be created.

The existing layout means that, although there are several rooms, only one can be used at a time.

Key-pad doors will be installed to enable many users to access the different facilities at the same time.

Money has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust, which has awarded £40,000 through its landfill communities fund, and fundraising events by church members, All Churches Trust, Sheffield Town Trust and Network Church Sheffield.

Helen Ward, St Thomas’ family and children’s team leader, said: “The extension and refurbishment will ensure these much-loved facilities remain at the heart of the community they were initially built to serve, while becoming fit-for-purpose for the 21st century.