Mum and daughter Laura Sibanda and Mizaiah Sibanda (9), celebrate the opening of the new community room at Thomas King House, Hillfields, Coventry
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Residents in Coventry have celebrated the launch of a new community facility.
Whitefriars Housing opened the doors to a £30,000 community room in Thomas King House, in Hillfields, which is open to Coventry residents.
Despite only just coming into existence, six community groups already use the venue, including the Hillfields Reading Group and the Mens in Sheds Project. Plus, support services, like health visitors, are due to move in.
This £30,000 investment comes on top of a £3.5m transformation of 16-storey Thomas King House, which Whitefriars Housing completed in 2012.
Ravinder Kaur, community cohesion manager at Whitefriars, explained that it was the community that identified the need for this room. She said: “We consulted with residents and they pointed out to us that with the ongoing budget cuts more and more facilities in Hillfields have been reduced or closed and there is now a real lack of community meeting places. We took that message on board and converted a store room into a resource for local people.
“In addition, we spoke with other support agencies in the area, many of which felt that they didn’t have a good foothold in the community and so couldn’t provide the service that they would like to for local people. A number of these agencies are now looking at using our room, which will place them in the heart of the locality.”
One of the clubs that uses the room is the Sudanese Womens Group. Ashlam Saeed, who is a member of the group, said: “This place is very good, I love it. It is big and it is here where we live. It is important to have community rooms. I would like to thank Whitefriars.”
The room, on the ground floor of Thomas King House, includes a kitchen area and is available to local people and organisations. For more details on what services are available at the community room, contact Ravinder Kaur, community cohesion manager at Whitefriars Housing, on 024 7676 7096.
To find out more about the renovation of Thomas King House, watch the video here.