Greenbank's Pensioners and Residents’ Social Club is to receive a £112,000 revamp.
Over the next few months the building will be transformed with a refurbished kitchen, upgraded toilets including facilities for the disabled, new flooring and upholstery, a new boiler and improved access.
Peter Tyson, who lives on the estate and led the project, said: “This will provide a real boost to the people of Greenbank to help in the reduction of social isolation of the more elderly residents.
“We will also be able to host more activities for other members of the community to help to improve their health and well-being.’’
The work – due to start next month and finish by mid-summer – has been funded by a £49,000 grant from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, as well as cash from Copeland Community Fund, Sellafield Charity Trust, and Mayor of Whitehaven, Raymond Gill.
Coun Tyson, who is also chairman of Copeland Council, said the project had taken three years of planning. “It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our community club being redeveloped over the summer months,’’ he said.
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Penny Beaumont, WREN’s grant manager for Cumbria, says: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Pensioners and Residents’ Social Club project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people across the Whitehaven area.
“WREN is always happy to consider grant application for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”
The outcome of the project’s final funding application will be known by early March.