Hill Street Community Centre in Rugby given five years of funding

Trustees Ian Bentlett and Rob Brock with centre manager Grant Duncan
Trustees Ian Bentlett and Rob Brock with centre manager Grant Duncan

A youth and community centre that was once at risk of closure has secured five years of funding.

Hill Street Youth and Community Centre, in Hill Street, Rugby, has been awarded a grant by The Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme.

The cash will enable the centre manager to become full-time and means the group can recruit a full-time trainee youth worker and part-time administrator.

Stephen Richards, chair of trustees at Hill Street Youth and Community Centre, said: “This is fantastic news. In 2011 the centre was at risk of closure.

“A charity was formed to save this important asset for the residents of Rugby.

“This grant will help underpin the future of the Centre and enable expansion of the vital services provided at Hill Street for the local community.”

The centre’s facilities include a sports hall, 12-station IT suite, kitchen, coffee lounge, pool room, two meeting rooms and a music studio.

Mr Richards said: “This is a facility of which Rugby can be proud.

“Hill Street is also very grateful to all other organisations, listed on our website, who have provided funding since we started three years ago.

“In order to fulfil our plans for the future development of the centre and to fully benefit the community, we will still require further support.”

He added: “We will continue to engage closely with all our users, and the community in order to ensure we facilitate and deliver services that our community tells us they need.”

The centre offers volunteering opportunities for those interested in working with young people and supporting the community.

For more information, call the centre on (01788) 576041 or email info@hillstreetcentre.co.uk