£12,000 ‘TLC’ for building
4:02pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
REFURBISHMENTS to a run-down building desperately in need of some “tender loving care” are set to benefit about 4,000 members of Bury’s Jewish community.
The North West branch of Charity Interlink Foundation was awarded £12,780 of Big Lottery funding — allowing them to improve the facilities they offer at the old Broughton Library in Salford.
The charity supports the Orthodox Jewish communities of Salford and Bury via social action and has a catchment zone of 800 households in the borough.
A five-year bid to acquire the 1970s-built library ended in April, 2012, but it was in urgent need of repair with a damaged roof, no hot water system and an outdated lift.
The cost of bring the two-storey building fully up to modern standards has been estimated at around £200,000, which will mean funding the refurbishment is an ongoing process.But developing and repairing Interlink’s home will allow it to fully realise its potential and be more attractive, user friendly and energy efficient, said director Nava Kestenbaum.
Mrs Kestenbaum added: “Interlink benefits our tenant charities and other community organisations by providing a much-needed facility and base central to their aims. This grant will help ensure our premises are fit for purpose for the foreseeable future — relieving pressure on the existing charities sharing our space.”
Improving facilities means there will be more space for fitness activities and a designated room available for hire by other Jewish community groups.
Also set to be opened alongside the building is a playground for special needs children and their siblings, which will be available for use by the general public. For more information about the Interlink Foundation: go to interlink-foundation.org.uk
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