Release Date: 12-Apr-2011
Over 100 Heckmondwike residents enjoyed a day in the sun on Saturday, at the Brighton Street Community Centre open day.
Brighton Street TRA representatives and members of the local community enjoying the open day
The aim of the day was to encourage more local people to use the centre, which offers room hire facilities and a kitchen but is currently only used by the Brighton Street Tenants and Residents Association and a slimming club.
The event was organized by KNH, with support from a number of Kirklees Council services including their young people’s and community work teams and the connecting communities project.
As part of the day, residents were asked what they would like to see being offered from the centre and took part in various activities such as henna art, face painting, balloon modeling, Wii games and cooking demonstrations.
Representatives from KNH and Kirklees Council also showcased grow-your-own schemes, the Young People’s Service mobile bus unit and the Heckmondwike DVD project.
Feedback from the event was very positive, with many residents volunteering to help organize activities and set up community projects such as health walks, exercise groups, healthy cooking, computer and literacy classes and older people’s activities. Several people also expressed an interest in serving on the centre committee.
KNH has secured further funding from the council’s community cohesion team for other community centre projects. It will now look at how it can involve local people to make more of the facility and support them in running the centre.