A valuable community resource has been given a new lease of life as part of a successful regeneration project led by Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH).
Already home to a number of a community groups, the Round House Community Room in Sidney Avenue has undergone a complete refurbishment to create a bright and welcoming space for a wide range of events and activities.
At a recent ‘drop-in’ launch event members of the local community were invited to take a look around the new-look building that is available for neighbourhood activities and to hire for private functions, business meetings and children’s parties.
Laura Turner, SARH Customer Engagement Advisor, explained: “Part of a former Independent Living Scheme, the Round House has become a hub for community activities in the Silkmore area, which has benefited from significant investment as part of the Total Place regeneration project.
“It’s used regularly by a local local youth club, and for fitness classes for older people, whilst other community groups hold monthly meetings there.
“Now, thanks to the refurbishment, the Roundhouse looks to have a bright future with even more people taking advantage of the fantastic facilities it offers.”
With its own kitchen, Wifi and space to accommodate up to 30 people, SARH has already had plenty of interest from groups looking to book the venue.
Karen Armitage, the housing association’s Chief Executive, added: “It’s fantastic to see so many people using the facility and the Round House will act as a constant reminder of how SARH projects such as Total Place are bringing neighbours together and strengthening communities, as well as delivering much needed, affordable quality homes.”
Pictured at the launch, from left to right, are Aaron Hawkins, a Volunteer for WhyCH youth group; SARH Chief Executive Karen Armitage; Councillor Ann Edgeller; Andrew Edwards, Chair of Penkside Champions; and Councillor Ralph Cooke.