Local charity served up with new kitchen
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Pictured left to right: Pete Watson (Yellow jacket - Project Manger for Keepmoat), Jason Cannon (Head of Investment for Gedling Homes), Vicki Jackson (Resident Liaison Officer for Keepmoat), Ian West (Contracts Manager for Keepmoat), Michelle Swanson (Cu
A Gedling-based charity is praising the generosity of local companies after they donated a brand new kitchen for their building.
Three months after it was broken into, the Gedling Play Forum on Wollaton Avenue in Gedling, Nottingham has been supplied with a new, fully fitted kitchen thanks to local contractors working in the area.
The community centre that it operates from was broken into in August, with vandals leaving the kitchen in a state of disrepair. They broke units, damaged the sink and deliberately flooded the kitchen which caused mould to spread across the walls and doors.
Hearing of their plight, local social landlord Gelding Homes provided a new kitchen free of charge, with housing and regeneration specialist, Keepmoat offering to install the new units, tiles and flooring.
Gedling Play Forum, which is run by volunteers, provides a range of services to support local community groups. Activities include table top arts and crafts for children and adults up to the age of 25 with learning disabilities. It also provides ideas training and a meeting area.
Over 1,800 children access the service each year, which also operates a very successful scrap store, with businesses from all over the country offering free surplus stock or materials that would have normally gone to land-fill, to be used in a non-profit making way.
The building is used by members of the local community so the kitchen is an essential facility for community groups and individuals.
Resource centre co-ordinator, Lesley Rhodes from Gedling Play Forum is delighted with the new kitchen. She said: “On behalf of all our volunteers, we are very grateful to Gedling Homes and Keepmoat for providing us with this new facility, it’s brilliant.
“Since it was installed, everyone who has visited the centre has commented on how good the new kitchen looks and it has made a huge improvement to the building.
“We were devastated when our previous kitchen was destroyed but this new one is amazing. Our trustees were involved in choosing the colours of the new kitchen units, tiles and flooring every step of the way and the quality is amazing. I cannot praise the works team enough, they were very professional and cleaned up after them every day.
“I’m just glad that the new kitchen is ready and open for Christmas when we will be doing Christmas workshops and baking mince pies with the children.”
Lynn Clayton, Managing Director for Gedling Homes said, “Gedling Play Forum does some excellent community work which is incredibly valuable to the people that use it and we wanted to work with partners to replace the kitchen as it’s a crucial piece of equipment that the forum needs to run services.”
Pete Watson, Project Manager from Keepmoat, said: “When we found out about the damage that had been caused to the centre’s old kitchen we wanted to get involved and help them out. By working in partnership with Gedling Homes, we were more than happy to provide the resources for the new kitchen to be installed and I am pleased that the children and local community will benefit from using this important facility.”
Councillor for St. James Ward and Portfolio Holder for Community Development, Cllr. Kathryn Fox, said: "I fully support the outstanding work that Gedling Play Forum do in the local and wider community. The help that they have received is testament to the high regard in which they are held and has enabled them to continue to provide these valuable services."