FEB 01] COVENTRY AREA COORDINATION NEWS
Centre Gets Facelift
dreaming for years of having a smart area for neighbours to meet
up, residents in a Coventry community are seeing their hopes
realised in just two days.
trainees from across the country and local youngsters are
teaming up to revamp a community centre and garden in Prior
Deram Walk, Canley.
'Ground Force' style project is a joint initiative between the
Council's Area Co-ordination South West Team and Business in the
will include children in the Canley Young at Heart Group, aged
between 10 and 14, and graduate trainees who work for companies
signed up to a Business in the Community initiative.
children have been instrumental in drawing up a wish-list of
improvements in the area, along with adults who formed Heart of
Canley Residents Association three years ago.
Co-ordination South West have been working with the group to
help apply their ideas, and have funded the scheme along with
Heart of England Community Foundation
for the two days include:
barbecue area which will be created using a gravel base
path to be carved out of an overgrown grassed area creating
a winding path with log rolls and bark chippings
plant border, painted
tubs and pots with shrubs and bulbs
new coat of paint on the outside of the community centre.
graduates from National Grid offices up and down the country
will be lending a hand.
company, which has its UK headquarters nearby in Kirby Corner
Road is one of twelve local businesses that make up the Canley
and Tile Hill Business Forum.
Forum was recently set up and to support community work in the
Dave Batten (Lab, Westwood), one of the local ward councillors,
local young people and volunteers are an excellent example to
others. The garden is their idea and I'm delighted to see that
it's starting to take shape."
Tillyer, Business in the Community co-ordinator, added:
arranged a tour of the area for local businesses last year,
which inspired the Forum members.
project will sustain that enthusiasm and provide the basis for
future schemes in Canley."