Warmer winter for Doncaster community centre after revamp

Community event.
Community event.

A Doncaster community centre is set for a warmer winter after it was awarded a grant to revamp its heating system.

The Dunscroft OAP and Community Centre, on St Lawrence Road, Dunscroft has had its 32 year old boiler replaced as part of a £27,000 project.

A new fuel-efficient boiler has local-temperature controls which allow the heating of specific areas of the building.

Pipework and radiators have also been replaced. As well as the new heating system, the project has installed false ceilings to reduce the centre’s very high ones, and insulation above them.

Partial funding for the work has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded £22,477 through the Landfill Communities Fund, with the shortfall being made up by the centre.

The centre’s chairperson, Norma Sturrock, says, “These improvements have already had a fantastic impact on the centre and its users.

Our bills have been cut and we have been able to welcome people over the past few very cold months.

“We pride ourselves on being fully accessible to anyone in the community, irrespective of their ability or disability and a warm, welcoming atmosphere is an essential part of this.

“We would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone involved in making this project happen.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “I am very pleased to hear that this project has been such a success. It is one of our priorities to help enhance community centres such as this one and I hope the improvements mean that many more people can now attend events and activities it hosts.”

Opened in the 1950s, the centre is used throughout the week by over 250 people. It caters for all ages and events and activities include a youth group, bingo, line dancing and martial arts classes. It is anticipated that other groups and organisations will use and hire the hall now that these improvements are complete.

An energy efficiency audit in 2013 identified the need for the improvements.

When the centre team consulted users on the findings, they received ideas and suggestions on how the centre could be improved and in what way.

Replacing the boiler was the number one issue for every single person consulted.