Barrowcliff wins £10,000 for community hub

Words and photo by Dave Barry

Gallows Close Centre in Barrowcliff is celebrating after winning £10,000 funding from part of the big lottery to set up a community hub.

The money will be used to upgrade internet facilities and buy laptops, tablets, computer chairs, a printer, etc.

The aim of the project is to help an area of deprivation by reducing isolation, building confidence, providing training opportunities and enhancing residents' employability.

The hub will be a base for people who find it difficult to get into town to the employment services or use the internet for job searches.

It will be launched on 24 April and will run every Tuesday and Friday, from 10am-1pm.

From 9.30am, the cafe will provide breakfasts and light lunches at affordable prices.

Our photo shows Gallows Close Centre development worker Kimmie Avison and assistant development worker Sophea Sheader with representatives of organisations which are involved with the project.

They are Anne-Marie Benson of the Citizens Advice Bureau, which will offer advice in various subjects; Michelle Davison-Ward and Grace Jackson of Jobmatch, which will help with job searches; Laura Young and Kevin Allen of Yorkshire Coast Homes, which will offer money management and housing advice; Kasha Button of Tyro Training, which will offer training in computer skills, food health and safety, etc; and Stuart Smith of Sanctuary Housing, which will offer benefit and welfare advice.

Kimmie said: “The hub will provide a safe, warm and welcoming place to visit with access to computers, internet and printing facilities, training opportunities, new skills, employment advice, money management, benefit and housing advice. We will also be running an adults’ craft club.

“The aim is to provide a hub in an area of deprivation for people who cannot access computers, internet, advice, etc. It may be that families or vulnerable and isolated people find it difficult to get into town to visit organisations such as YCH, Citizen Advice, Sanctuary Housing, Job Centres, etc

* A course at Gallows Close Centre will give students qualifications in health and safety, first aid, employability, personal development and bushcraft skills.

In the bushcraft sessions, they will be shown how to build shelters, light fires, cook outdoors and filter water.

“They all pretend to be Bear Grylls by the end!” says Kimmie.

The course will start on 16 April and run every Monday and Tuesday for 12 weeks.