The Arena community project in Ilkeston has been handed £10,000 of funding from builders’ merchant Jewson.
The Arena was a winner in Jewson’s Building Better Communities competition and the money will help with its project to transform the former Woolworths on Bath street into a community hub.
Lindsey Trueman, grants co-ordinator at the Arena Community project, said: “With high levels of unemployment in our area, there is a large number of people who need our help and support. This incredible prize from Jewson will help us to not only renovate our building, but also support us in organising a furniture restoration and resale project, to help local people gain the skills to re-enter employment.”
The winning projects were invited to a Building Better Communities celebration event in Birmingham, where property expert and TV presenter, Sarah Beeny, presented the lucky winners with their prizes.
David Fenton, marketing director at Jewson, said: “A huge congratulations goes out to all the Building Better Communities competition finalists. From over 2,000 entries we selected just 14 projects, so it’s a fantastic achievement for the winners and we can’t wait to see the positive effect the prize money will have.
“We’d also like to thank every single project that was involved in the Building Better Communities competition, from the start to the end. The work all of these initiatives do is essential to the lives of so many people across the country so it was really difficult to pick just 14 winners.”
Launched in February, the initiative is designed to boost community spirit up and down the country by asking projects to nominate themselves for the chance to win a share of £100,000.
Jewson received over 2,000 entries which, with the help of a team of Jewson employees and supplier partners, were narrowed down to a shortlist of 63 projects.