Community Centre re-opens with plea for more helpers

A COMMUNITY hub in Carrbrook has re-opened with an appeal for volunteers to ensure its future success.

The YouCan Centre on Crowswood Road, complete with play area and community garden, was targeted by vandals and closed in 2015.

But locals Terry Drabble and Linda McLarnon have worked tirelessly to ensure the neighbourhood resource wasn’t lost forever.

The effort was rewarded with a recent open day when visitors browsed a variety of stalls, basked in the sunshine in the garden and accompanied youngsters to enjoy a new community play area.

Terry, with Linda, the Centre co-ordinator and fundraisers, was delighted by the result of their hard work.

“We have been doing this roughly about 19 years though the park was only opened in 2010,” explained Terry.

“In 2015, teenagers came in and wrecked everything so it’s been a chore re-vamping the park, the community garden and everything else.

“Now, we have got it back to how it was. And the more people know about us the better.

“It’s not just for this estate it is for everyone in the area. It is a community garden.

“And if we can get volunteers to help us even better. The more the merrier and no matter what age.
“Even if they can only spend an hour we would be really chuffed.

“We’ve held table top sales, raffles and tombolas to raise funds for certain items.

A lot of stuff has been given to us and we are grateful to Yorkshire Bank as they donated money for two new swings.”

The Centre is open 9am to 3pm every day and it’s hoped to start a mother and tots group in the immediate future.

The open day eventually raised more than £200 and now Linda and Terry are hoping to spread the word throughout Carrbrook, Millbrook and Mossley about the Centre’s availability.

The YouCan project is also supported and backed by Stalybridge North ward councillors, Jan Jackson, Adrian Pearce and Sam Gosling.

If anyone wants to volunteer they should email: lindamclarnon@aol.com

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