Stoke-on-Trent community centre has thrown open its doors to show off the
results of a major improvement programme.
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.
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.
– 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.
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.”
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.”
its partnership with Sanctuary, Seddon is building 36 new homes in North
Shelton to help meet the demand for high-quality new affordable housing