The transformation of a community centre in Penhill has been praised by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.
The Chippenham Close Community Centre closed its doors five years ago, but has been given a new lease of life last year thanks to Renew Men’s Shed. Justin visited the community centre open day to lean about the work being done there to support the local community.
The Men’s Shed initiative aims to combat loneliness and isolation by encouraging people to peruse practical interests and share skills in a supportive group environment.
As part of the renovation of the community centre, a workshop has been built which houses a variety of tools. Visitors to the Men’s Shed can use these tools to work together and learn new skills such as woodworking and upholstery.
In addition to this, Breyer Group and the Shaw Trust are working with the community centre to help people who are interested in utilising the skills they have learned to secure an apprenticeship or further traineeship.
Justin Tomlinson said: “I am very impressed with how the community centre has been developed, and it was fantastic to pop down and see for myself how it is providing vital support for the people of Penhill. Thousands of young people have benefitted from apprenticeships, and I am delighted that Breyer and the Shaw Trust are looking at new ways to promote them.”