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Families celebrate renovated sanctuary for youngsters


Published by Sophie Middleton for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing, Local Government

Timber Close Plaque Timber Close Plaque

A once unused and deserted outside space has received a much-needed transformation for local families and children to come together and enjoy.

Residents from Timber Close, St Austell, Cornwall, have recently been out in force to celebrate the opening event of the renovated park, which was funded by Sanctuary Housing’s regional community investment fund in partnership with Cornwall Council and supported by Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C).

Community spirit could be felt by all at the launch party, as families came together to witness the unveiling of a plaque. The atmosphere was electric thanks to entertainment from a local steel drum group, and local children’s delight at being turned into their favourite superhero or princess by local face painters was evident.

Before the recent investment in the Timber Close community, young residents’ feedback was that there was nothing to do on their doorstep. Sanctuary Housing’s donation has provided local children with their own space, which is in a safe and enjoyable environment.

Michael Howarth, Sanctuary Housing’s neighbourhood communications officer in the South West, said: “The investment in Timber Close has been a long-term one and everyone here at Sanctuary is thrilled with the results. Children can now play together whilst being safe and not causing disruption to other members of the community.

“The launch party was a fantastic day; the weather was on our side and all residents came out to mark the occasion. Everyone enjoyed the entertainment and BBQ spread and we are over the moon that we celebrated a community story with the people that matter – the community.”

Sanctuary Housing, part of Sanctuary Group, has over 11,000 properties in the South West. These include general rented, sheltered and homeownership, and range from studio flats to houses. For more information on Sanctuary in the South West, please visit

For details on how to apply for funding, contact the Sanctuary’s Community Investment team on 01905 335411, or email


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