Donation breathes new life into youth club

Date: Wednesday 21 May 2014

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A youth and community centre used by up to 300 young people a week will be rejuvenated thanks to a donation from Taylor Wimpey.

The Chequerbridge Centre in Gloucester has been offering children, teenagers and adults a range of social activities including archery, martial arts, language courses and support groups for the past 15 years.

Having outgrown its old premises, the centre is preparing to move to a new venue in Barton Street in May, having secured the building for a peppercorn rent from Gloucester City Council – but the centre needs some structural and cosmetic work to make it fit for purpose.

We donated £500 towards the cost of refurbishing the building ready for the community groups to enjoy.

Reyaz Limalia, Chairman of the Chequerbridge Centre, says: “We have been in our old community centre for 12 years, but with between 200 and 300 people coming to take part in activities every week, we have simply outgrown it. Our new centre is much bigger and has the potential to host far more groups and activities. 

“But there is some work we need to do first. It’s a tired old building and it requires some patching up and cosmetic work before we can really enjoy the benefits of the larger premises.

“We are a charity organisation and we rely largely on volunteers to put on our programme of activities, so we don’t have the financial resources to fund this work ourselves. It’s fantastic to see the community come together to help us pay for the repairs and we are incredibly grateful to Taylor Wimpey for its generous donation.”

Charlie Joseph, Regional Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “The contribution that the staff and volunteers at the Chequerbridge Centre make to the local community cannot be underestimated, and we are delighted to play a part in providing this fantastic new facility for the benefit of local people.

“We hope the adults and youngsters who come to events and activities at the venue every week will very much enjoy their new community centre.”

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