Facelift for centre from volunteers

The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington Station has received a grant for roof repairs.'Pictured (L-R) Richard and Carolynn Lillico, from ATAC, with Banks Group Development Relations Co-ordinator Barry Grimes and Brenda Fordy-Scott of ATAC.
The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington Station has received a grant for roof repairs.'Pictured (L-R) Richard and Carolynn Lillico, from ATAC, with Banks Group Development Relations Co-ordinator Barry Grimes and Brenda Fordy-Scott of ATAC.

A tired community centre in south east Northumberland has been given a facelift thanks to a group of young volunteers.

The Area Training and Activity Centre (ATAC) in Widdrington Station is a focal point for the village, providing events and initiatives for people of all ages.

However, the well-used building had been suffering from wear and tear.

But now there is no shabbiness in sight following a paint job by participants in a Prince’s Trust scheme.

Six young people – Robson Balmbra, Dan Purvis, Jade Goodwin, David Chapman, Gemma Shannon and Cordelia Cameron – are taking part in the 12-week programme, run by Northumberland community safety officers at West Hartford Fire Station, to develop personal and employment skills.

Part of the course is a community project and after visiting ATAC the group, who are aged between 16 and 21, decided that it was an ideal candidate.

Last week they rolled up their sleeves to carry out the work.

The volunteers re-plastered and re-painted the hall and pool room, using materials which had been donated by Homebase in Blyth and Doves in Ashington.

ATAC Chairman Richard Lillico said: “The young people first came along to our Bacon Buttie morning and were quite impressed with the way youths and older people work together in the building.

“Once they started work they were brilliant.

“They cleaned up every day and always left the place in pristine condition.”

“The walls are magnolia, but the gloss was red,” he added.

“Now it is a nice grey colour and it is 100 per cent better. We are really grateful.

“I would have this group back any time.

“They were a credit to the scheme and themselves.”