Work begins on £500k charity centre revamp

Work begins on £500k charity centre revamp

BUILDING work has started on a £500,000 project to upgrade Howlands community centre in Dewsbury.

Run by Dewsbury and District League of Friendship, Howlands, on School Street, is a charity set up to provide care and support for adults living with disabilities through arts and crafts, and meeting and socialising with others.

With help from the team at Good Fundraising, Howlands were able to secure lottery funding.

Cath Longley, of Good Fundraising, said: “It was quite a bold move to go for it because it is a really large grant and Howlands is a relatively small organisation, with a relatively small turnover.

“We put everything into it and worked with other groups to make sure we had the reach for the project. It’s not just about Howlands, it’s about working with other organisations in Dewsbury using the centre.”

It took time and effort from all involved, with Howlands manager Deborah Hall and chairman Tom Ellis going the extra mile to make it possible.

Mr Ellis said: “We feel it’s important because we’ve gained this because of the hard work of our members and volunteers. They have put a lot of effort into helping us getting the bid.”

The building is set to re-open in July and Mr Ellis added: “Hopefully it will be a focal point for the community.

“It’s a very attractive building and we’ve got some really nice rooms to hire out to people and local community groups and professional organisations.”

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