Shepway Community Centre
Name: Shepway Community Centre
Start and end date: Jan 2011 - Jan 2021
Contract value: £73m
Client organisation: Golding Homes
Despite the mass importance of this centre to all its users and their families, Shepway hasn’t been refurbished since it was proudly opened over 20 years ago.
With its high footfall of people, the centre was in need of a lot of work, from holes in the ceiling to complete bathroom replacements. The scope was large and sure to completely change the face of the centre.
The centre is a great example of Golding Services staff being able to use their knowledge and expertise to deliver a project that will directly impact the wellbeing of Golding Homes communities.
An MPS & Golding Homes Project
MPS are committed to helping Golding Homes achieve high impact community-based projects on its wholly owned subsidiary, Golding Services.
Golding Vision staff brought the Shepway Community Centre to Golding Services attention, a well-used centre managed by Salus; a charity specialising in youth work.
Salus supports over 300 children and young adults at the centre every week. As well as this, Shepway has a well-attended youth club which, on its own has attracted over 150 young people in just a 6-month period.
If that wasn’t enough, they also run a pre-school for local families and a fortnightly young carer’s support group.
With thanks to all the sub contractors who offered discounted and free materials, including Mark Bambries; Travis Perkins; Dulux; Garden Organic; Alltask and CEF.
The refurbishment meant the children and young adults attending would have a brighter, safer and more practical place to go. Golding Services were even able to convert disused space into well needed storage for the staff.
The staff and centre users were so pleased the work was going ahead that they even pitched in and lent a hand, assisting in planting flowers in the new beds outside and painting the nursery walls. It was a group effort from start to finish.
Tracie O’Brien, Assistant Technical Administrator for Golding Services, coordinated the project as well as donning her own overalls again and helping with the refurb.
Ahead of the project, Tina Wells the centre manager, who has worked at the Community Centre for around 15 years said ‘Everything – this means everything to us – it hasn’t seen a facelift since I have been here and I can’t wait to see the difference’ post quote needed here.
The hard work of the Golding Services team and generosity from our sub-contractors providing materials, has enabled this project to go so smoothly. MPS look forward to continuing its relationship with the Shepway Community Centre and are proud to have positively impacted so many lives through this refurbishment.
“This is a fantastic joint community project that will make a big difference to the people of Shepway. It was a pleasure to be involved with the project & the results were amazing.”
“Everyone is really impressed with the quality of the work, it looks like a completely new building. The improved garden, nursery ceiling and studio mirrors mean above everything else, the children now have a safe place to come and visit.”