Wycombe Multicultural Organisation have received a £36,000 grant to improve Hilltop Community Centre and have now installed air conditioning and upgraded the toilets. As a result, the centre will now be able host more activities and groups for the local community..
Funder: Biffa Award (90%) & Wycombe District Council (10%) Granted: £36,330
In 2018, Wycombe Multicultural Organisation received a £36,330 grant to improve Hilltop Community Centre by installing air conditioning and upgrading the toilets.
The grant came from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund. In addition, funding was received from Wycombe District Council (£3,633) which has contributed to the total received from Biffa Award.
Hilltop Community Centre building has served the local community for more than 30 years and has been run by WMCO since 1995 (25 years). Through community consultation we identified that the toilets were in desperate need of modernisation. They had seen increasing usage, but the lack of any update since the building was built. Also, the halls were very stuffy and hot due to poor ventilation.
The male, female, and disabled toilets were completely gutted and replaced with new units, sinks, wall panels, lighting, flooring and water-saving taps and urinals. The work was undertaken by Prestige Property Management Marlow.
Air conditioning was installed to keep the temperature cooler especially in the summer months or when a large number of people were present, or taking part in exercise.
Gillian French, Head of Grants, Biffa Award said:
“The revitalised building means enhanced opportunities for people to come together. It will encourage more residents of different ages and backgrounds to participate in activities and events to improve their own health and well-being. People are important and, at Biffa Award, we are always thrilled to be able to support projects that have a direct positive impact on people’s day-to-day lives.”
Sebert Graham, Chairman, Wycombe Multicultural Organisation said:
“Our charity, Wycombe Multicultural Organisation, started in 1991 and has served the community ever since. We are very grateful for this funding from Biffa Award and Wycombe District Council, as it has helped us provide an improved facility for the community with modernised toilets and state-of-the-art air conditioning. This project has helped us enhance opportunities for people to come together strengthen community relations, and help reduce social isolation in more comfortable facilities.”
This project was funded by Biffa Award (90%) & Wycombe District Council (10%) Granted: £36,330