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Belper News Article 06/08/15

Strutts and Volunteering in the Community

Over the last 6 years Strutts Community Centre has become the home for a wide range of activities in Belper. It is a fine Grade II Listed building vital to the well-being of our community. We should all be justly proud of it and treasure this unique community owned asset, but all this would not have happened if volunteers from the community with vision and enthusiasm for the Project had not come forward.

The building is here for the benefit of the community of Belper and must be maintained and developed to meet the needs of that community by the community itself. The building will eventually need around £3.5M for its restoration, and, although some of the money will be raised from income, the majority will be from external grants. New facilities are required and there is great potential to start up new and exciting activities. We are currently progressing with plans for a lift to access the first floor and have now raised nearly £10,000 from the community towards the cost, which is a fantastic gesture of support for the Project. The toilets and kitchen need to be refurbished. The whole building needs redecorating. We have ideas to create a theatre upstairs when the lift is installed. The list goes on and this all requires considerable effort and drive to take it forward.

The original trustees of the charity hope that the Strutts Community Project will continue for at least another 100 years, as long as the community of Belper needs facilities for its leisure activities. However, younger people with new ideas need to become involved in the running of the Project and progress to become the trustees that will take it forward into the future.

Ideally any voluntary organisation needs a lot of people doing a little rather than a few people doing a lot. Strutts is not the only project in Belper needing volunteers; there are many deserving organisations that need your help and expertise. Volunteering can be great fun and it is very satisfying to make a positive contribution to your community. Don't sit back and wait to be asked, take the initiative and contact the groups directly to lend a hand.

If you would like to help in any way with the Strutts Community Project please contact me, Nick McLeod, at Strutts tel: 01773 599993.

Nick McLeod

Chairman of Trustees

Guardians of Strutts