Power to Change grant to help Haslingden Community Link
Rossendale community business Haslingden Community Link has been awarded £203,000 to extend catering and social activities for the local community.
Haslingden Community Link is a community business providing services for all ages in Haslingden. It will use the grant to invest in more facilities to help members of the community access social activity and healthy meals seven days a week. The community business will refurbish its catering facilities and introduce training stations, cookery classes for those with health and social needs and create a community garden. The investment from Power to Change’s Community Business Fund, will enable those who are lonely in the evening at weekends to access food, develop new skills and take part in social activities at Haslingden Community Link, to increase their wellbeing.
Barry Payton MBE, one of the founding trustees at Haslingden Community Link, said: ‘This grant will help us to improve the lives of local people who need support to overcome health and social challenges. Not only does it mean we can upgrade some of our existing facilities, but extending services will help us to generate funds to reinvest into doing even more good for the community. We are really excited about the future’.
Alex Steeland, programme manager at Power to Change said: ‘We are delighted to award Haslingden Community Link this grant. Food is such a wonderful way to bring people together. The introduction of training stations and cookery classes will be invaluable to the local community. I hope to get the chance to try some of their recipes soon!’
Construction work at Haslingden Community Link will start in January, and will hopefully be completed by the end of March. The extended opening hours and cookery classes will start in April, with a photo opportunity planned when that happens.