10th Dec 2013

Stoke community centre open day showcases major revamp

A Stoke-on-Trent community centre has thrown open its doors to show off the results of a major improvement programme.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent, Councillor Majid Khan, carried out the official re-opening of the North Shelton Community Centre in Milton Street, Shelton.

The centre has been transformed thanks to housing and care provider Sanctuary Group working in partnership with construction specialist Seddon, centre owners The Foundation, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, local residents and other community organisations.

Seddon – which is working with Sanctuary locally building new affordable housing  – has carried out a range of activities at the centre including installing new noticeboards and a picnic area, repairing the car park and organising a community fun day when artist Chris Guest and local young people created a colourful graffiti wall. New railings are also being installed at the centre.

In addition, youngsters also took part in a community gardening session organised by Seddon, putting in winter bedding plants. Inside the facility, Seddon painters worked alongside local young offenders, supervised by the Werrington Youth Offending Team, repainting cloakrooms and the main hall.

Sanctuary’s project manager, Jane Johnson, says: "The community centre has been transformed over the last few weeks, both inside and outside, and we would like to pass on our thanks to our Seddon, the council and all those from the community who got involved.

"Sanctuary always aims to support the communities it works in and we are proud to be able to be part of such a worthwhile project. It has been fantastic to see local people, especially the younger members of the community, coming together in this way and we hope the improvements at the centre will make a difference in North Shelton for a long time to come.”

Seddon business unit manager Ian Calder says: "It’s great to see the North Shelton Community Centre back at the heart of the community where it belongs. We’re delighted to have been able to work with Sanctuary and local community organisations providing both practical assistance from our team and organising community activities such as the graffiti wall session.”

Through its partnership with Sanctuary, Seddon is building 36 new homes in North Shelton to help meet the demand for high-quality new affordable housing locally.

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