Cash boost helps centre to warm up

The Linskill Centre at North Shields.
The Linskill Centre at North Shields.

A NORTH Shields community centre is set to benefit from a grant of more than £46,000 to keep its members warm.

The Linkskill Centre has been awarded a £46,200 grant from Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.

The Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust will use the money to install a new boiler and thermostatic radiator valves at the Linskill Centre.

It is hoped that the improvements to the centre’s heating system will present carbon savings of more than 35,000kgs per annum as well as reduce running costs by up to 30 per cent.

Community groups that use the centre will also benefit from an improved environment in which to meet, socialise and play.

Simeon Ripley, Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust chief executive, said: “The Trust is delighted to have secured this Biffa Award grant to improve the heating in the Linskill Centre. The grant will not only improve the comfort for our service users, but also help improve our environmental goals and reduce our energy bills.”

Sandra Cockburn, Percy Hedley Foundation, tenants in the centre, said: “Control of our heating will allow us to regulate the temperature according to our service user needs, thus allowing for a comfortable and tolerable environment.”

Cath Hare, Biffa Award acting programme manager, said: “Projects like this are incredibly important for local communities, which is why we look to invest in them.

“The improvements at the Linskill Centre will make the facilities more welcoming for everyone that uses it.”