In Funding Stories, Reducing isolation & disadvantage

Project: Core funding
Grant: £4,047
Fund: Comic Relief Local Communties

Lane End Youth and Community Centre is a registered charity that relies heavily on donations, fundraising and private hire. However, the annual cost of heating, electric, water and broadband is a huge expenditure for the Community Centre.

The funding was used to pay for utility bills as well as a computer club teacher and other computer clubs expenses such as PAT testing and ink. As a result, the community centre was able to continue with their well attended activities and workshops, in turn supporting around 200 beneficiaries. Their activities include:

  • Exercise classes for the over 60’s
  • A drop in lunch club for the elderly
  • A youth club for over 20 children age 7 – 11 years old
  • A playscheme for over 60 primary age children
  • Plus lots more!

All our regular users to the centre tell us how much they appreciate having these facilities available to them, especially as we are fairly isolated in our village, due to a lack of regular public transport.

Local families are so grateful for the affordable playscheme that we offer, this helps low income and single parents to continue to work during school holidays. The lunch club has a regular 20 – 25 senior members, who enjoy a cooked hot meal and catching up with each other, we are fortunate that the village has a volunteered ran transport service for many of these attendees whose mobility is poor, making the facilities accessible for everyone. All of our weekly events are still well attended.

– Emma Savory, Centre Manager