Today Wormley Community Centre welcomed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to their Big Local Breakfast Club. It was an opportunity for him to witness first hand this much needed project tackling social isolation and the cost of living in Wormley and Turnford, whilst also visiting one of the community assets which has been awarded funding from the Community Ownership Fund government programme.
The Community Ownership Fund is a £150 million fund over 4 years to support community groups across England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community.
Big Local have worked with Broxbourne Council over 4 years to save the Wormley Community Centre from demolition and were given a 999 year lease in 2021. The aim of the Big Local is to make the Community Centre financially sustainable so that it can continue to survive in order to serve the needs of the community for the long term.
Broxbourne Big Local (BBL) are thrilled to have been awarded £165000 capital funding and £33000 revenue funding by the Community Ownership Fund to support the development of Wormley Community Centre.
BBL Chair Noelle Blackman said:
“This funding will go towards building phase one of the planned refurbishment of Wormley’s treasured Community Centre, we already have the other half of the funding from the Big Local funds. This part of our plan is to extend the kitchen, bar and foyer and upgrade the toilets. We hope to start the building work early in the new year which is very exciting.”