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Keystone Youth Centre

It may be over 120 years old but the building home to Keystone Youth Centre has never looked or functioned so spritely.

It may be over 120 years old but the building home to Keystone Youth Centre has never looked or functioned so spritely. Since the site launch one year ago whereby 250 people attended the bonfire and fireworks party, the centre has gone from strength to strength, with the introduction of theatre, fitness and general well being classes frequently operating.

Thanks to a £23,000 grant from the Mick George Group and the commitment of 45 locals and 12 young volunteers from the Prince’s Trust programme the centre can proudly boast an excellent array of new services to a diverse range of associations in far more pleasurable conditions.

The refurbishment consisted of a major internal and external overhaul, with modern insulation, lighting, heating and roof provisions installed, on top of the exciting Garden makeover. The hub is predominantly used by local youths or for those with physical or learning difficulties to learn new skills. However, a growing number of other practices are now available for the elderly community.

Dave Lane, Chair of Keystone Youth Centre said: “At Keystone Youth Centre we have undertaken the largest volunteer led Eco Retro-fit in the region to transform our large, old and tattered base into something fit for the future. Mick George Ltd bought into our vision and their funding has played a pivotal role in converting Keystone into the thriving community centre it is now. We remain eternally grateful for their support’’.

The Community Fund which is managed by Grantscape, an independent charity, supports community projects that are located in the vicinity of Mick George Ltd operating sites in Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Rutland. Up to £200,000 is made available each year for projects that deliver significant environmental benefits and provide new and better community amenities.

Jon Stump, Joint CEO at the Mick George Group ‘’The scheme has proven invaluable to many local communities, helping to create, restore and protect a whole array of landmarks and projects. Since 2010 when the programme was launched, £682,000 has been invested in over twenty five individual developments.’’

The Mick George Community Fund provides grants to the local community. To see if you are eligible and to find out more, please visit http://grantscape.org.uk/fund/mick-george-community-fund/

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