£460,000 to improve city arts centre
A BRISTOL arts centre has been awarded almost half a million pounds to improve its facilities.
Trinity Community Arts in Easton will receive the £460,000 from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Building Fund to carry out works on the former church.
The grant will be used to create a new reception area, install heating, a sprung wooden floor, lighting and drapes in the upstairs hall to make it suitable for activities such as dance and fitness classes and performances. It will also be used to put up a partition to make a second hall space upstairs for IT classes, community meetings and small functions so that more people can use the centre.
Centre manager Emma Harvey said: "Trinity is already well used and loved by the community and it has been frustrating that we have not been able to do more because of the current limitations of the space.
"The upstairs hall is beautiful with loads of potential and we hope that more people within the community will benefit from attending activities run from within the centre once it has been redeveloped."
Work on the centre is due to start in June and will be phased to ensure it can stay open. The aim is for the works to be completed by next January.
The Trinity Centre has been a community centre since 1976 and the Council has recently granted a new lease to Trinity Community Arts for 35 years.
The announcement came a day after the Healthy Living Centre at Knowle West Health Park was awarded £496,331 by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund to support parenting classes, therapy and one-to-one support for residents.