YORhub’s YOR4Good fund provides grants of up to £10,000 to support economic regeneration via local community projects. It is funded by donations of cash or benefits in kind from contractors and consultants when they’re awarded projects through local frameworks.
The aim of The High Street Centre is to improve the quality of life for people in Rawmarsh and the surrounding area in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, by improving access to activities to reduce isolation, increase friendships and wellbeing.
The centre is used by 53 groups who provide services for local people and a wide range of social, health and educational opportunities which includes Salsa, Tai Chi, Judo, Salsa, Little Messi classes, line dancing, exercise for those who are recovering from serious illness and falls, leisure group, toddler groups, groups for children with additional needs, afterschool childcare and much more.
The aim of the extension project was to create a welcoming entrance with easier access for people with impaired mobility.
The two existing entrances were very restricting and impractical, the front access was stepped and the lobby area was located in front of the entrance to the toilets; not a pleasant welcome for people attending the centre.
The reception project enabled the revitalising of the building, helping the building match the welcome and support that is received from its staff and volunteers.
Caroline Langston, Centre Development Manager, said: “When we starting fundraising for the new reception at The High Street Centre it seemed like such a massive task. It took a couple of years but we are very grateful to YOR4Good for the fund assistance they provided. We were just about to begin work when the first lockdown happened which delayed work and we really appreciate all the help and support given by all our funders through this challenging time.
“Thankfully construction was able to begin in July 2020 and we are delighted with the new reception extension which is already providing a safe, accessible space where we can welcome people whilst being socially distanced.
“The new space links really well with the old and is already being used for activities such as Playgroup, Activate Rawmarsh supporting ”
Rawmarsh Ward Councillors also contributed to the funding of the project through their Devolved Budget.
Work was carried out by TH Michaels (Construction) Ltd