Kitchen funding boost for community centre

Published Monday, 27 September 2021

Holbrooks Community Association is celebrating after receiving £5000 of funding towards the refurbishment of its kitchen in its community venue.

Holbrooks Community Centre

The new kitchen will provide a range of low-cost food for members to access.

Once the new community kitchen has been installed the association are planning to run OAP Luncheons and a Hank Marvin project, which teaches young people how to cook healthy meals.

The money is being provided through the Vinci Foundation which has helped dozens of charitable organisations to fight against social exclusion.

Every year employees at Eurovia Contracting, who have been carrying out the city centre improvements in Coventry, are invited to sponsor small charitable organisations and Julie Cartwright, a Social Value Advisor, for Eurovia Contracting chose to sponsor Holbrooks Community Association.

The Vinci Foundation helped to allocate the grant.

Julie said: “I was approached by Sharon Thomas in the Council’s Community resilience team who highlighted that the new community kitchen will be run as a local social enterprise, supporting under-represented groups into employment and providing much needed work experience.

“It’s been a pleasure working with the staff and being able to support them in this exciting new chapter. This will help fund the fantastic outreach work for years to come while also providing the centre with a steady income source.”

Holbrooks Community Association began after WW2 and is managed by residents providing opportunities for local people to reduce social isolation, improve educational attainment and to increase the aspirations of young people.

Rachel Lancaster, a local ward councillor in Holbrooks and volunteer manager at the centre, said: “I am delighted to receive this grant on behalf of Holbrooks Community centre.

“Working with our community over the periods of lockdown highlighted the need to provide more support to residents, particularly focussed on access to hot meals and food parcels.

“This funding will enable us to address local need and help to make a real difference to those on low incomes.”

Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities with Coventry City Council, visited the centre. He said: “This is a great example of how businesses working locally are helping to support communities.

“I know the Holbrooks Community Association do fantastic work in the local area and this backing from Eurovia will support them in doing so much more. I want to thank Eurovia and I look forward to connecting more businesses with the community in this way.”

Picture, left to right: Cllr Joe Clifford, Cllr David Welsh, Megan Bloxham, Customer Services Manager, Eurovia, Julie Cartwright, Cllr Ann Lucas and Cllr Rachel Lancaster,

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