Centre wins funding for refurbishment

The parent and toddlers group which uses Bellshill Boys' Club and Community Centre were delighted to hear WREN has agreed to provide the cash for improvements to be carried out to the building.

The parent and toddlers group which uses Bellshill Boys' Club and Community Centre were delighted to hear WREN has agreed to provide the cash for improvements to be carried out to the building.

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Bellshill Boys’ Club and Community Centre has been awarded a grant of £33,000 to carry out a refurbishment of the building.

The management committee of the Carnbroe Road facility were required to raise £4,000 themselves by this month with in order to facilitate external funding.

With that target reached WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund has now stepped in to provide the cash to pay for a new roof and other internal improvements.

Janice McLellan, chairwoman of the Bellshill Boys’ Club and Community Centre, believes the facility will make a huge difference to the lives of people living in the area.

She said: “This project will provide a real boost to the people of Bellshill.

It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our community centre taking shape over the next year.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Bellshill Boys’ Club and Community Centre project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people across Bellshill.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact locally very soon.”

It is hoped the work will be completed by September 2016 and where possible the centre will remain open during the refurbishment to allow current user groups continued use of the facilities.