A community centre in Hillfields has unveiled a brand new kitchen designed so that it is now accessible for people with disabilities. St Peter’s Centre secured £75,000 of funding – the bulk of which came from waste recycling charity WREN, plus money from donations and grants from local and national foundations.
The refurbishment project took around 18 months, and covered the community area, new flooring, a new heating system and lighting at the centre.
People attending the official opening earlier this week included the Bishop of Coventry, Dr Christopher Cocksworth, the Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry, Cllr Tony Skipper and chief executive of Coventry City Council, Martin Reeves.
The biggest part of the work was to adapt the community kitchen. It is designed for any age group including disabled people, and is very user friendly for children.
Training cameras are also installed in the kitchen, which enables large groups to access training via a plasma screen in the main hall.
Joan Haywood, centre manager, said: “It’s a wonderful facility. I’d like to thank the generosity of everybody who helped make it happen.
“I’m looking forward to seeing many groups benefit from the new kitchen facility.”
Bishop Christopher said that the centre showed, ‘Coventry at its best’.
The kitchen includes a rise and fall hob. New flooring has been designed to be sympathetic for visually impaired users and older users.
The Reverend Bee Arnold of St Peter’s Church said she hopes that the impact on the community will make it a more welcoming and open space. She said: “The centre has a great community atmosphere.”
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Skipper said that Coventry is a very caring city and it was reflected in the efforts of the community at the centre. He said: “It’s a fantastic effort.”
Photo left to right: Local ward councillor, Naeem Akhtar, Bishop Christopher, Reverend Bee Arnold, Joan Haywood, Martin Reeves, the Lord Mayor and Amy Chambers, cook and eat well project.