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New centre set to become Hubb of local community

A north Belfast community centre has secured £50,000 for refurbishment plans through the Alpha Programme.

The Hubb Community Resource Centre (HCBC), based on the York Road/Shore Road, is celebrating the funding which was recently secured.

Funded and managed by Groundwork NI, it invites community groups to apply for grants that will be allocated to those organisations that can demonstrate that they have the ideas to transform their local surroundings for the better. The HCRC is part of the Loughview Community Action Partnership (LCAP), whose aim is to develop vibrant, confident, prosperous, healthy and sustainable neighbourhoods in the LCAP catchment area.

The Alpha funding will support the community group in the upgrade and refurbishment of the The Hubb which is entering into its second phase. The building was once the home for local Civil Defence during World War II’s ‘Blitz’. This building is now the one of the last remaining Civil Defence structures in Northern Ireland and has also played home to the local Senior Bowls Club for many years.

Sylvia Gordon, director of Groundwork NI said: “The refurbishment of this valuable resource centre will mean a lot to the local residents in this area of North Belfast and the fundraising efforts that have been driven by the committee members has ensured the Hubb will be enjoyed by future generations to come.”

She continued: “This centre has always been a vital part of the community spirit that exists on the Shore Road and we all look forward to witnessing the celebrations when it opens its doors again for all the local residents.

“The need for the project has been identified through extensive community consultation and will provide a suitable meeting place for socialising, meetings, recreation and youth provision.

“It will be an area for statutory agencies to meet the local community, access education, training and personal development. In doing so the project aims to bring the community together and increase community and social cohesion.”

Jim Crothers, secretary and funding officer of the Hubb Resource Centre, said: “The local community and young people from the area are really looking forward to the complete refurbishment of the centre which is very much a focal point within this area of the York Road/Shore Road.

“The excitement is building for the second phase of this redevelopment project and the committee would like to thank the Alpha Programme and Groundwork NI, for their effort and for providing the funding for the refurbishment of our community centre.”

Belfast Telegraph