Cuan Place, a community hub on the Scrabo estate in Newtownards, has undergone a major renovation thanks to our support and funding from the Social Investment Fund, under the Delivering Social Change framework.
Residents in the Scrabo estate now have a shared space where they can socialise and hold events that will benefit the community.
The renovation involved extending the side of the community house and constructing a new meeting room.
The newly refurbished Cuan Place was officially opened by Dr Mark Browne, from The Executive Office, last week.
Dr Mark Browne, Director of Strategic Policy, Equality & Good Relations for The Executive Office, said:
“SIF funding of £50,637 was allocated to this facility to allow for an extension to the building. This facility will deliver valuable community services which will have positive impacts on people across the area including improved education and employability skills.
It is great to see how the Social Investment Fund projects are improving the lives of people across communities.
The extended building is an impressive example of the improvement works that have been undertaken as part of the SIF Community Houses project, which involves capital improvements to seven ‘community houses’ in Ards and North Down.”
Our Ards and North Down Area Manager, Owen Brady, welcomed the development of the community hub:
“We were delighted to work in partnership with The Executive Office Social Investment Fund and Scrabo Residents Association to create a modern community facility that everyone can enjoy.
I am looking forward to seeing Cuan Place buzzing with people enjoying the new facilities and creating a real sense of community spirit.”
Davy McAlonan, Chairman of Scrabo Residents Association, said:
“Everyone on the estate is thrilled with the new extension. We will now be able to offer a wider range of services for local people and provide them with a valuable meeting space.”
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) was set up to deliver social change. It aims to make life better for people living in targeted areas by reducing poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration.