A Banbury community centre has received a generous £5,000 donation to allow them to continue providing essential activities to local residents during its rebuild.
The funding, provided by Sanctuary Housing, has been given to The Hill Youth and Community Centre, which is on course to be demolished and replaced with a new facility.
The centre, which hosts a range of community activities, including fitness, arts and crafts and youth groups, has now been relocated to the Bradley Arcade shopping parade where they will be based until the new facility is completed.
The Hill, based in Bretch Hill, has been providing a reduced programme of activities since the roof of its main hall was damaged in 2013.
Sanctuary has also donated land to enable the creation of a community garden and provide outside facilities, including football nets and a play area for small children, and parking.
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Community-led facilities such as The Hill and the fantastic groups it offers are vital in supporting our local residents and addressing their needs.
“We’ve been supporting The Hill for a number of years now and have seen the positive effect the groups have on all those who attend, so we’re delighted to have been able to provide them with £5,000 to continue this during their temporary move. We look forward to seeing the finished result once the rebuild is complete.”
Cllr Kieron Mallon, Cherwell’s lead member for Brighter Futures in Banbury said: “We are grateful to Sanctuary for their generous donation of funding and land. This will help us to continue to provide activities to the community while work on the new centre takes place.”
The donation was provided by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.