A former caretakers bungalow has been transformed into a community hub for the residents of the Southbrook Estate in Daventry.
Located at the entrance to the Danetre and Southbrook Learning Village, the hub aims to be the focal point for support within the community.
The project, a joint effort between Daventry and District Housing (DDH), its contractor Elite, and the academy located on the estate, makes use of an otherwise abandoned building and was this week opened by MP Chris Heaton-Harris.
DDH representative, Hayley Davies, said: ““What a great opportunity for Southbrook to have their very own community hub working alongside other community venues.
“We were delighted to work with DSLV in getting the hub up and running and look forward to working alongside them on building a successful future for the project.”
The organisations using the hub will provide advice, support, training and drop-ins, including the drop-in from 9-11am on Mondays where members of DDH’s housing and income teams will be on hand to give free advice.
The centre will also hold coffee mornings every Wednesday for elderly residents on the estate.
Ms Davies added: “We would like to encourage everyone to pop in and see all the various support options available as well as find out what is happening in the area, as well as local groups who may benefit from using the hub as a base.”
Academy principal at DSLV, David Howell, added: “It has been a pleasure working with DDH to turn an abandoned building into what we hope will be a thriving community hub.
“We hope we have created something that local people can take pride in.
“We also want to get the point across to the community that this centre is as much theirs as ours.”
Chris Heaton-Harris hailed the community focus saying: “Both DDH and DSLV have done a fine job turning the old bungalow into a further example of the community offering we have in the Daventry area.
“I wish the project all the best for the future and I’m sure it will provide many great memories and experiences for local people.”