A vital project to refurbish the Sheila Roper Centre in Lenton Abbey is looking for a boost from M&S Energy funding - but they need your help!
The centre, which is named after a former local resident, Sheila Roper, is being restored with support from Nottingham City Homes and a number of its construction partners. The aim is to make the building wind, water tight and as energy efficient as possible.
The project has already received some funding from the NCH Anniversary Fund, which donated £8,000 to get works underway. Companies and local people have also offered their time to complete some of the refurbishment, but the current budget only covers the basics, and does not provide enough to fund energy efficiency works.
The neighbourhood around the Sheila Roper Centre has recently received external wall insulation through the Nottingham Greener HousiNG scheme – helping more than 400 residents to stay warm and well, while benefiting from savings on energy bills. If successful, M&S Energy funding would cover the cost of carrying out external wall insulation on the centre, to improve dramatically its thermal efficiency, save money on fuel bills, and enhance the look of the building.
Nottingham City Homes has applied for M&S Energy funding on behalf of the local community - but we need the help of Nottingham people to get the bid noticed. The success of the bid depends on the number of votes collected on the M&S Funding website. It’s easy to vote, just log in and click on the orange button at the side of the Sheila Roper page: https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/sheila-roper-centre-1
Jonathan Shaw, Director of Investment and Business Services at Nottingham City Homes, said: “The Sheila Roper Centre provides a number of highly valued services to the local community, particularly families and elderly residents. It’s a much needed resource, but desperately requires investment to make it sustainable for the future.
“We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our partner contractors, who have not just donated time, but materials to enable the level of work that has already taken place to be completed. There’s still more to do, with plans for a community hub and ICT learning space.
Sheila, who passed away a few years ago, is remembered fondly by local people and the works taking place are part of her legacy to keep the centre going. Local resident and NCH award winning tenant, Angela Stanton, is leading the project. She said: “After Sheila passed away, it was so important to me and other members of the local community, that this centre keeps going and continues to provide the opportunities it does for our neighbourhood. But it has been a really big challenge for us.
“The building can be very cold in winter and has really started to look shabby in recent years, as there hasn’t been the money to invest in it. I’m so grateful to everyone that has helped so far, and I’d really urge anyone in Lenton Abbey and the wider community across Nottingham, to give a couple of minutes to vote for our project. We make a real difference here, and I hope with everyone’s help, we can continue to do so for years to come.”
Local councillors for Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey, Sam Webster and Sally Longford have welcomed the project. They said: ”We’re delighted to see improvements being made to the Sheila Roper Community Centre, it's such an important space for the Lenton Abbey community. The significant internal and external improvements will certainly boost the usage of centre. Nottingham City Homes has risen to our challenge to invest in the centre, and that investment will benefit the wider community for years to come."
Don’t forget! For more information on the project, or to place your vote, please visit the website: https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/projects/sheila-roper-centre-1