Vital community hub secures cash gift

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Volunteers who work tirelessly to help isolated and struggling Hurst Farm residents have received a cash donation of £6,100.

The funding, from a county council pot set up to support local communities and tackle inequalities, will be used to help create a social eating venue at Hurst Farm Community Centre.

The venue will be part of Super Kitchen - a network of members who use surplus food from supermarkets which would otherwise be thrown away to provide often socially-isolated community members with a three-course meal for just £5.

Andy Botham, Derbyshire County Councillor for Matlock and Tansley, said the fund would help pay for catering and other essential equipment.

He added: “This is about social inclusion for lonely people who would not otherwise get out.”

Councillor Botham, who has been working with Hurst Farm Community Centre for the last three-four years to see it brought back into use, said it was a vital resource for the community.

“The volunteers who run it often spot problems community members are having and look after them,” said Coun Botham.

“If they’re expecting someone and they don’t turn up they will go and check on them.”

As well as plans for the new Super Kitchen Hurst Farm Community Centre provides holiday lunch clubs for children who often miss a meal when they are not at school.

Andy said: “Tom and Anna and the rest of the team work tirelessly to ensure the centre is used by as many residents as possible.

“They run and youth club sessions for the kids, bingo and socials for the older residents.

“This funding will enable the Friends to continue improving the centre and providing opportunities on the estate.”

Hurst Farm Community Centre’s funding was provided by Derbyshire County Council’s Community Priorities Programme.

County councillors in areas already identified as having a greater need can apply for funding for projects within their areas which would benefit the most from financial support.

The £2.3m fund aims to help residents to build a strong future.