Community centre re-vamp in Sheffield gets underway

Work has started on a £200,000 scheme to revamp a community centre in Sheffield.

The Welcome Centre, on Nottingham Street, Pitsmoor, is part of Christ Church and was built in 1985.

The revamp involves an upgrade of the building’s electrics and heating system, renewing the roof and modernising the kitchen.

The hall is used for a range of community activities and events, including a weekly mother and toddler group, youth work and a weekly lunch club for older people.

It also doubles up as a night shelter, which opened in 2008 and operates 240 nights a year as a place where failed and destitute asylum seekers can sleep, receive support, enjoy a meal and socialise.

The night is run in partnership with the Sheffield charity ASSIST.

Funding for the work is coming from several organisations, including The Veolia Environmental Trust, the Sheffield Church Burgess Trust, the Diocese of Sheffield, Hilden Charitable Trust, The Graves and the Sheffield Town trusts and the Freshgate and Harry Bottom Trust.

Reverend Philip Ireson said: “The Welcome Centre has been a faithful servant to the community of Pitsmoor and Burngreave for 30 years but it badly needed a bit of TLC.

“We are delighted finally to have begun a project to renew it and to make it available to the community for a further 25 years.

“We are very grateful to our funders for recognising the importance of this much-valued community facility.”

Paul Taylor, Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, said: “It will give this popular community centre and safe haven a new lease of life and will benefit its many users.”