A community centre in Blackburn has been given a makeover as part of our approach to delivering social value in our neighbourhoods.

Ivy Street Community Centre provides a wide range of services and social activities for local people. From youth groups, to sport clubs, parent and toddler sessions, a drop-in family health clinic to public consultations, the centre is a much loved community resource which has helped to strengthen community relations in the area.

The centre is owned by Blackburn with Darwen Council, and run by a team of local volunteers made up of Places for People Homes customers.

The centre was nominated for the annual social value project by colleagues, to revamp and modernise the facilities to ensure it continues meet the needs of the local community.

Over 30 operatives from Places for People Property Maintenance and Technical Services teams joined contractors Novus Property Solutions and ENGIE, along with other partners and suppliers, to give the centre a new lease of life – volunteering their time, materials and services to an estimated value of over £30,000.

A place to be proud of

The week-long makeover included updating the kitchen and bathroom facilities, installing baby change facilities and a defibrillator, decorating the main communal area and offices, supplying new front doors and renewing furniture.

Our annual makeover project is part of a social value campaign aimed at delivering services that enhance economic, social and environmental wellbeing among residents, communities and suppliers.

Jamie Dickinson, Head of Social Value at Places for People said, “We are really excited about this project as it gives us an opportunity to give back to our customers and the communities we operate in. We are committed to making sure that our homes and neighbourhoods are places where people want to live and can thrive.”

“Ivy Street is the hub of this community and a valuable resource for local people - these improvement works will help to ensure it remains that way now and in the future, and gives our customers a place to be proud of.”

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