Community centre given new lease of life thanks to the efforts of tenants

Learners on our CSCS course were given the chance to carry out work experience with Cornwall College at the Space Centre in Ernesettle.

The group – Karl, Louise and Sarah – gave the centre, which we own, a complete makeover.

Contractor Ian Williams helped out by painting and decorating the ceiling and Bell Group contributed materials.

The learners painted the walls and woodwork and attempted to do the courtyard but unfortunately the weather hampered this.

We held an unveiling to show centre users the improvements.

PCH Union Street tenant Louise McGuigan was one of the participants. She has been doing cleaning work but is hoping the course can open up more opportunities for her. She’s now hoping to go on to do a health and safety course.

She said: “I’d like to look at doing more construction work now. This course has given me a bit more variety.”

Steve Maunder, of Cornwall College, said: “For a small team, they have achieved a lot.”

Ernesettle resident Val Sneddon is a regular user of the centre. She said: “I’ve been using the Space Centre since the tea and toast café was set up. We do need other things in here as well but all in good time. I’m very impressed with what they’ve done. I just hope it can be kept clean.”

Her friend Gwen Wengradt added: “The revamp was overdue. It’s a lovely little hub here. It’s a really useful centre.”

PCH Communities Team manager Alice Potter said: “This space is so important to the community. Our tea and toast sessions have become legendary. This space was looking so tired. Thank you to the contractors who provided materials and time. Our CSCS courses are giving amazing opportunities to local residents and the community.”

Steve Edwards, Ian Williams Contracts Manager, added: “We’re delighted to be involved in this initiative. As a locally-based employer for over 30 years, it’s important that we contribute to the social wellbeing of everyone living in Plymouth. In doing this we can help to ensure that Plymouth remains an attractive place to live and work and provides learning opportunities for everyone.”