Duo push centre forward

Peter Salvage and Alice Taylor who have been appointed at Gallows Close
Peter Salvage and Alice Taylor who have been appointed at Gallows Close

Two new appointments have been made in a bid to drive interaction with residents surrounding a Barrowcliff community centre.

As part of a three year community plan on the estate, Peter Salvage and Alice Taylor have taken on staff positions at Gallows Close Community Centre.

Employed by the charity Groundwork UK, the pair are tasked with ensuring the centre has the resources available to develop links with the existing community, educational, environment, church and law and order groups in the area.

Mr Salvage, who has been appointed as Gallows Close Centre development co-ordinator, says the involvement of residents from the area is key to the project.

He said: “The whole point of the plan is to deliver an environment that meets the aspirations and needs of the community.

“To achieve that we need to take on board what those expectations are and be responsive to them.

“The only way we will achieve that is by making sure we offer people from every part of the community the opportunity of contributing and participating.”

Community involvement is already underway after volunteers and staff joined forces to resurface the BMX Track, which was created 18 months ago as part of a redevelopment of facilities around Gallows Centre.

Other improvements were carried out at the floodlit sports area, children’s playground and young peoples facilities.

In addition plans are underway to modernise and improve the Gallows Close Centre building itself, which is available to educational, recreational and general interest groups.

Mr Salvage and Miss Taylor say they also want to “retain the centrality of links with young people in the community” through the centre’s youth clubs on Tuesday and Friday evenings.

The pair say they want to make the centre more accessible to the public. Anybody wanting to find out more, propose ideas for events of activities, to participate as volunteers, or use the centre’s facilities, is invited to contact the new recruits on 079018323753.