A VIBRANT Strabane community centre has received a cash injection thanks to the National Lottery Fund.
Fountain Street Community Development Association was recently awarded £10,000 which will go towards upgrading facilities at the centre.
Mary Deery, project co-ordinator, for Fountain Street said the funding could not have come at a better time.
“This money will help us relaunch our centre. For over 30 years this site has been at the heart of the local community. Twenty years ago this centre was built but it is in real need of a facelift.
“Because the centre is so frequently used it has deteriorated in some areas,” she explained.
”We facilitate an array of events and activities such as youth club, childminding services, Sure Start, sport classes, our New2u charity shop and more recently we have started to host birthday parties. It never stops.”
As a result of the funding boost the facility will now be able to install a brand new kitchen which will open up opportunities for cooking classes and training. The entire building will be repainted and the TV and games room will also get a revamp, as well as some minor refurbishments throughout the premises.
Lorna Brady, a social enterprise project worker, at the centre explains the importance of keeping the property feasible.
“The centre helps pay for itself through events and training courses and the New2u shop,” said Lorna.
“For example we were recently able to reinstall the fire alarms and update our safety system. This was only possible because the centre is generating an income. It is vital therefore that we continue to upgrade and maintain the upkeep of the centre. It needs to progress with the times appropriately.”
Lorna added, “We are delighted to have received this funding as it will enable us to ensure this centre continues to serve the community.”
Looking forward to the future Mary added, “This centre is a fantastic asset and resource for the local community. It is a purpose built facility which is truly one of a kind.
“Without the premises, Fountain Street Community Development Association could not do what it does. This is why this funding is all about caring for our centre, which in turn provides care for the community.”
• For more information on events and activities at Fountain Street or to get in touch with the centre visit its facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/fscda.communitycentre.