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Golding Homes gives Community Centre a Facelift

Shepway Com Centre Facelift Staff

A Community Centre in Maidstone, Kent is being given a facelift with the help of local Housing Association Golding Homes.

The Community Centre, based in Cumberland Avenue, was opened in 1997 by Shaun Williamson and plays an important part in the Shepway community thanks to charity organisation Salus, who manage the facility. They specialise in youth work, supporting over 300 children and young people each week at their youth club, pre-school for local families and regular Young Carers group.

The project is being delivered by Golding Services through the partnership contract between Golding Homes and MPSUK. The work forms part of MPSUK's Community Investment with most of the materials donated from our suppliers and all the labour volunteered by staff.

The refurbishment at the Cumberland Avenue started in mid-February and should take approximately three-four weeks to complete. Some of the works include upgraded lighting to the nursery, floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the dance studio, new hand basins and a revamp of the WCs, as well as new doors, ceiling tiles and painting.

Tracie O’Brien, Assistant Technical Administrator for Golding Services, has been coordinating the project. Tracie said: “This is a fantastic joint community project that will make a big difference to the people of Shepway and everyone that uses the Centre. I will even be putting on my own overalls and getting stuck in with the decorating.”

Tina Wells, Centre Manager, said: “I have worked at the Community Centre for over 15 years and this is the first facelift we’ve had in all that time. I cannot wait to see the transformation. It will mean so much to local residents.”

Sarah Leipnik, Community Development Advisor at Golding Homes said: “This is a real partnership project that will see some fantastic changes and make a huge impact to the children that use the Centre, and their families.”