The Sumac Centre

Independent Community and Social Centre

Progress Report - 25th October 2001

Work at 245 Gladstone Street is progressing in leaps and bounds with the main reconstruction completed by NECTA (Nottingham Environmental Construction Training for All), and our own volunteers and supporters from the local community taking their place. Formerly the Rainbow Centre, we have now adopted the name ‘The Sumac Centre' after a shrub in the gardens.

The basement workspace for Veggies Catering Campaign is close to completion, with just a few touching up jobs left to do. We will soon finish the plumbing and electrical re-wiring in the club room and in the self-contained flats on the first floor.

Three of the four housing co-operative residents are now settling into their flats, working hard to fit out their kitchen and bathroom. By the end of the month it is hoped that all four residents will be occupying the flats, bringing a regular income to the project.

We have recently received confirmation of a grant from East Midlands Development Agency to fit double glazing in the club room, and to construct and equip the kitchen for the community café, which aims to open before Christmas. We are also fitting a sliding partition wall to create dual-function space when required. Our license application for the Social Club will be sent off during the next month in anticipation of Health & Safety and fire risk inspections, prior to opening early in the New Year.

Work on a level entrance at 73 Beech Avenue, and on installing an accessible toilet, is also nearly complete.

The kind financial support and encouragement of the local neighbourhood has helped maintain our spirits, as well as the cash flow, during the long period of refurbishments, although the financial jigsaw is not yet complete, so many thanks for your generosity.

Some events are already booked into the new Centre and the community are eager to make use of the facilities and social space when we open up. In the meantime you are welcome to come and see for yourself how things are progressing and maybe lend a hand with the final works!

The Sumac Centre is at 245 Gladstone Street, Nottingham, NG7 6HX

Phone: 0845 458 9595 (local rate)