Community centre to be revamped with Prince’s Trust

Jordan Butler,and Beth Hargreaves from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Prince's Trust Kirkham Team 27 working at Plungington Community Centre

Jordan Butler,and Beth Hargreaves from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Prince's Trust Kirkham Team 27 working at Plungington Community Centre

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A community centre once under threat of closure is set to be given a new lease of life thanks to some enterprising young people.

Plungington Community Centre in Preston has been bought by charity Caritas Care. And now it is undergoing an interior facelift by volunteers from the Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust Kirkham Team 27, working closely with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, are sanding, painting and redecorating two rooms within the community centre resulting in them becoming more accessible and user- friendly for members of the local community.

The work started this week - and a team of nine volunteers are now working hard to meet the deadline for the official handover on Friday.

Beth Hargreaves, Kirkham Team 27 programme support worker, said one room would become a training room and the other a foodbank.

She said: “The team are working very hard and we are looking forward to the official handover.”

Last year the centre was facing an uncertain future. Preston council said it was hoping to find a new management group for the Brook Street centre, “to create a sustainable, successful and inclusive community-managed asset”.

New owners Caritas Care is a long established Charity with ts head offices in Preston. Established in 1934, Caritas Care was originally a child care agency.

After a major review of social care activities in the Diocese of Lancaster, the charity’s governing document was amended in 1987 to establish a broader based range of services beyond child care.

The Plungington Centre work is one of a series of projects being undertaken by Prince’s Trust volunteers this month.