Issued by City of York Council
A brand new kitchen from City of York Council’s contractors is being opened tomorrow at Tang Hall Community Centre during Housing Week, to help the centre and user groups develop yet more ways of working with local people.
Guests at the opening ceremony on Thursday 17 October will toast the gift with a cuppa brewed in the totally refurbished kitchen which now boasts a five-ring gas hob, double electric oven, a commercial dishwasher with a four-minute cycle, plus new flooring, tiling, surfaces and cupboards.
The council’s Tenants Choice suppliers Moores Furniture Group donated the kitchen fixtures and fittings which were installed by contractor Forrest.
The kitchen is of particular importance to the centre’s lunch club run by volunteers from York Community Church. The group currently holds the lunch club fortnightly but with the new kitchen, it hopes to branch out to weekly clubs.
Also inspired by the new facilities, the centre is planning to start a community café on Friday mornings, to coincide with opening times of the recently-opened Food Bank located at the centre.
The opening event also coincides with the council’s Small Changes, Big Savings advice sessions being held to encourage people to reap the benefits of getting online and having a wealth check, as part of the council’s Housing Week.
David Mudie, centre manager, said: “This is a fantastic new kitchen: something that will really help us to reach even more local people of all ages.
“Besides the weekly cafe, it’s also adding to our plans to hold after-school drop-in sessions for parents and children.”
Mike Brown, Business Manager at Moores, said: “Moores Furniture Group is proud to be supporting Tang Hall Community Centre in York with the donation of a new kitchen.
“As a valued centre within the local community, it is fantastic to support such a project knowing how much it benefits those who visit. We hope the new kitchen provides everything required for the centre’s many activities and continues to be a big part of the local community.”
Councillor Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Health, Housing and Adult Social Care, said: “Coming as it does in Housing Week, this kitchen is great news: it confirms the commitment of our contractors and gives local groups and residents a brilliant new resource to help encourage even more residents to use the centre.
“It already houses the Food Bank, a lunch club, the Advice Hub and, on opening day itself, the Small Changes, Big Savings advice sessions. Here’s to the new kitchen supporting even more community events and activities.”
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