Centre to re-open for adult education

Cotmanhay enterprise centre
Cotmanhay enterprise centre

A COMMUNITY centre that closed its doors earlier this year after funding dried up has re-opened as an adult education centre.

The Cotmanhay Enterprise Centre was forced to close its doors in May after cash for the project ran out.

But now leaseholders Derbyshire County Council have moved one of their existing Ilkeston services into the building and they are hoping it will bring a new lease of life to the area.

Programme manager, Linda Anderson, said: “The centre will have something for everyone and will offer adult education opportunities for people in Cotmanhay and Ilkeston and much more.”

Courses that will run from the Bennerley Avenue-based building will include English, maths and computer skills.

Later this year employment workshops will also start to help local jobhunters find work.

On Friday the centre held an open day to celebrate its move to the building and promote its work.

Linda said: “We had a great turn out with lots of interested people signing up for our courses.

“We used to run our courses at our Heanor Road premises but here we have better facilities and I am sure that our regular students will welcome the move and we look forward to new students enrolling.”

As well as educational courses, fitness classes and craft workshops will be held at the centre including knitting, needlcraft, yoga and ‘dance-yourself-fit’ lessons.

A spokeman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We hope that as well as the educational opportunities provided by the centre there will be chance to make the premises available for community use and events also.”

To mark the move, some courses are offering a 50 per cent discount for people who sign up this month.

To find out more about the courses on offer you can pop into the centre, on the corner of Bennerley Avenue, or call 0115 930 6909. Course brochures are also available in local libraries.