Cash boost to help develop community hub

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A much-needed community building on the east side of Whitby can now be developed futher thanks to generous donations from local businesses.

Over the last few months the Eastside Community Centre has been boosted by donations totalling over £1,500.

Esh Construction, which is the contractor building new affordable homes off Helre-
dale Gardens, has pledged £1,000.

A further £200 has come from McColls which owns Helredale shop, £400 from Whitby Buffs and Whitby Lions provided the cash to pay for a new cooker for the centre’s busy kitchen.

Most of the money will be used to pay for training the core group of 15 volunteers that help run the centre in essential things such as first aid, food hygiene and IT skills.

The grants will also go towards funding the vast array of current activities and also extra trips and activities.

Lisa O’Brien is the centre co-ordinator.

She said: “The money is a big help as everything is done on the cheap to start with.

“The money from the Buffs was supposed to be for the cooker, but the Lions gave us one so we were able to get a microwave and more stuff for the kitchen.”

And with 300 people coming through the doors now on a weekly basis the kettle is hardly ever off the boil.

Other groups use the centre too so the weekly calendar features toddler group, IT cafe, councillor surgeries, memory lane sessions plus bookings from other organisations such as Slimming World, TnT Fitness and the Brownies.

In the last few years the number of people using the place, off Abbots Road, has gone up so much they have almost outgrown it.

Lisa added: “We want to keep things going. The centre is more than a centre - it is a family. We want to extend as we are outgrowing this place now.”