A DERELICT youth centre has been transformed into a community centre and gardens in the Kilton area of Worksop.
After three years of hard work and fundraising the OASIS Community Centre and Gardens, off Longfellow Drive, marked its opening with a series of events last week.
There was everything from a community open day to a teddy bears’ picnic for children and an art exhibition.
The project was started in 2008 by pastor Steve Williams and the New Life Church.
During this time around £475,000 has been raised towards the project.
Over 75 grants and gifts for the restoration and refurbishment of the building and garden have been received, ranging from small personal gifts of a few pounds to big grants, the largest of which was for £95,000 from the Community Spaces fund to create the gardens.
Grants also came from other organisations including Notts County Council’s local improvement scheme, WREN and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
“We are looking forward to serving the people of the community and have created the place as a multi-faceted project in order to help and encourage many people,” said project manager Steve.
“Projects will be for children, youth groups, creative and performing arts and music projects, an older persons resource project, educational projects for different groups, family programmes, conservation and ecology projects including a nature quest project for children.
“There will also be provision for the church congregation who have initiated the project to have their meetings and programme of events at the centre.”
He added that there is still room for other projects at the centre and he is happy to hear from any groups wishing to use the centre and gardens.
Steve thanked everyone who has given their support including local councillors, Bassetlaw Council and St Augustines school staff.
“We are very grateful to every supported and encouraged our project which has taken three years to complete,” he said.
“We appreciate your help and support of our project as we couldn’t have done any of it without you.”