Work has begun on a two-storey extension to a thriving community centre after bosses secured almost £200,000 in extra funding.
Ingol and Tanterton Community Trust (Intact), was awarded £467,000 from the Big Lottery earlier this year to transform the Whitby Avenue building.
The cash was set to be used for the extension, to provide a multi-purpose activity, educational and training centre.
But as costs rose, the Ingol centre required more funding for the work, and managed to secure an extra £165,000 from the Trusthouse Foundation, the Lancashire Environmental Fund, Garfield Weston and the Big Lottery, towards the mammoth project.
Denise Hartley MBE, Intact’s chief executive officer, said: “It’s tremendous. We are going to have a fantastic local facility for local people.
“It is a multi-use training and leisure facility for people right on the door step.
“Because of the additional funding, with the kitchen extension we will have a fully kitted-out cafe with a fully kitted-out commercial training kitchen for volunteers.
“We will provide jobs in the future in the kitchen and the cafe, but what we will also be able to do is provide affordable, good quality, healthy meals.” The building will also have solar panels and LED lighting, thanks to the funding from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.
Denise described the vision for Intact as a “holistic centre”, running leisure and social activities, and also prioritising health, for people of all ages.
She said: “I’m overwhelmed with what’s been achieved so far and I’m excited - we are entering into an exciting phase.
“I’m delighted for the community. It makes it all worth while when you see people come into the centre and they are accessing the services when they have been really lonely.
“It makes it all worth while – it’s a dream come true.”