You may have noticed a bright new repair and paint job at Portmead and Blaenymaes Community Centre in Swansea in recent days?
The centre has used funding recently granted by Pobl Trust to give the old and tired building a fresh new look. Significant repairs had to be made to the building before it could have the paint job and local contractor CJ Else have now given the building a brand new look and feel.
Jason Williams, Secretary for the centre said:
“We get a lot of people coming through the doors at the moment but we want to attract more. We have boxing classes, boxercise, a club for the elderly twice a week and dance classes as well as karate. The building is a large communal space that could be used for a lot more local events.”
In total, the centre gained £4,900 funding from the Pobl Trust and what’s left after the makeover will go towards a launch event for local people to come and see what’s going on, what activities they can join in with and have a look at the makeover both in and outside the building.
“The building was looking a bit rough and worn before. We’re hoping this new look will attract a lot more people. We’ve already seen a lot more kids coming in since the repair work began last week.”
The community centre is one of 14 local projects that were awarded funding in the Pobl Trust’s first spring funding round in April. The money is awarded to local initiatives to help to build stronger communities or have an impact on housing and homelessness or mental health and learning disabilities.
Twice a year the Pobl Trust considers applications ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £50,000 and this year, Pobl Trust will award anything up to £200,000 to good causes with the Autumn funding round due to open at the start of October.
Applications can be made to the Pobl Trust for funding at www.pobltrust.co.uk from October and keep an eye on @PoblTrust on both Facebook and Twitter for notifications about application.