Government cash to help transform Scunthorpe building into community association centre

A Scunthorpe community association is to bring to life an empty building, with the help of government cash.

The Bangladesh Welfare Association North Lincolnshire has been awarded £40,000 from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), a replacement for EU funds no longer available since Brexit. The cash is going toward a £75,000 project to purchase and transform the former Tahera’s Function Hall in Ferry Road, Scunthorpe, into a vital community centre.

A variety of events and activities are planned at the centre once works the building have been made. The chair of the Bangladesh Welfare Association North Lincolnshire also emphasised it would be for all local people to benefit from.

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North Lincolnshire Council leader Cllr Rob Waltham said: “This community project is exactly what the government funding is for as it continues to enable us to directly shape North Lincolnshire’s exciting future and build pride in our communities. It is another great example of a local organisation being provided with a fantastic opportunity to enhance their local community, provide more opportunities, and help improve the lives of others.”

He added the centre would provide social, educational, cultural and mental health benefits to thousands of the town’s residents. Bangladesh Welfare Association North Lincolnshire chair Abdul Khalique indicated solicitor elements are to be finalised in coming weeks, and then work will be needed in the building to make it ready. The association has 29 people on its executive, over 200 members and supports countless others in the surrounding community.

Mr Khalique explained everybody wanted a community centre for people to be able to relax after work, and a space for children to play, with facilities such as a pool table for the latter. It would also potentially host services to assist people, like those with language issues to learn English, and fill in forms.

“We will be opening something for all people to come,” emphasised Mr Khalique, about how it would be a welcoming space for the community to have a cup of tea and relax. Potential uses include to host baby and children groups, youth clubs, winter warmth drop-ins, and cultural celebrations.

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“We will check all options what we can do for them, so will go from there,” Mr Khalique said on its uses, once the building work is completed. The facility will complement the existing CrosbyOne Centre.

North Lincolnshire Council was awarded £5.5m over three years, up to 2024/25, in UKSPF cash. Recent UKSPF capital funding has also included £30,000 for council footpath maintenance, £150,000 toward the redevelopment of Baysgarth House Museum in Barton, and a new 3G pitch for Brigg Town FC.

Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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