Scheme to boost disabled near Grantham
A campaign has been launched to raise £40,000 to refurbish Wyville Village Hall.
The hall in Wyville-cum-Hungerton, is used by community groups such as scouts but recently, the Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship has taken up residence there, creating a Forest School to the back of the hall.
But the hall has become outdated, needing new toilets and heating, with better access also needed for the hall’s disabled and elderly users.
GANF says it needs £5,000 straight away, with an overall target of £40,000 to fully refurbish the hall.
The Fellowship says £10,000 will buy a wet room so all pupils can use the Forest School, £3,000 will fund a down changing bed, £14,500 will buy new boilers, £2,200 will fund updated electrics, £13,000 will create a new and better kitchen and £4,600 will fund partition doors.
Ambergate Sports College (GANF) headteacher James Ellis said refurbishing the village hall will allow more pupils to use the Forest School and the poor toilets only allow short-term use.
“The Forest School is a vital resource for pupils at GANF and allows them to learn practical skills that can support them in later life. The more we are able to use this facility the more opportunities we can provide for our students.”
Wyville Village Hall Committee Chair Isabel Burford said the hall was once the social hub of the village but use dropped over the years. While the building can cope with irregular use from the village, its use by GANF means it needs better facilities.
She said: “The structure itself is stable but the kitchen is not up to today’s legal standards for preparing food. The toilets were not designed for people with disabilities, and for carers the hall is quite difficult to use. The strip lighting is harsh and the wall mounted electric heaters are expensive to run and inefficient.”
Raising funds and improving the hall will mean more children will use it and encourage village use.
She added: “Whenever I arrive at the Forest School there is such a sense of happiness and engagement, that to allow greater access would be a wonderful
To support the campaign go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wyville-village-hall
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