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Revamped neighbourhood centre launched

Published on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre, in Rothley Street off Belgrave Road, has been refurbished and redecorated with upgraded facilities, a new fully-equipped community kitchen, a new computer suite for adult learner classes, as well as free public Wi-Fi access and energy-efficient LED lighting. 

 

The work was carried out over the last three months as part of Leicester City Council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services programme, which has seen investment in community facilities in a range of council-run centres citywide.

 

The revamped Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre will be officially launched on Friday, February 23, with a programme of launch events running from 11am to 3pm.

 

The launch itself will take place from 11am to 12noon, with a welcome speech from the assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services Cllr Kirk Master.

 

Local groups and centre users have worked closely with the council’s neighbourhood Services team throughout the refurbishment to ensure the facilities meet the needs of the community.

 

For example, the new community kitchen has been designed with the direct involvement of two voluntary lunch club groups.

 

To mark the involvement of centre users, the launch event will include songs and performances by local playgroups, dancers and exercise groups which use the venue, before the cutting of a cake celebrating the venue’s 40th anniversary.

 

A plaque will be unveiled in commemoration of Pravin Ruparelia, a former community leader and long-time manager of the neighbourhood centre, who died in 2015.

 

Throughout the afternoon there will be a range of community performances, as well as information stalls in the centre’s main hall giving details on adult education, local police and city wardens, health services, as well as local zumba, yoga and reflexology sessions.

 

Leicester assistant city mayor for neighbourhood services, Cllr Kirk Master, said: “Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre really does play an important role in the heart of this community, and we have worked closely with groups at the centre to ensure that this investment meets modern needs.

 

“The upgraded facilities will allow the expansion of adult education classes for example, and means more people will be able to use the centre and benefit from what it offers.

 

“The refurbishment works were done in phases to ensure the centre could stay open, although there was some limited access, and most of the groups using it have now returned as normal.

 

“I’m very happy to see the finished result of this hard work, and look forward to seeing the centre continuing to thrive.”