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Community revitalises Mirehouse Community Centre

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MAYFIELD School students joined local organisations to give Mirehouse Community Centre a revamp on Monday (June 24).

The students spent time painting the walls alongside decorating firm Bell Decorating Group, who offered to paint the centre free of charge. The decorating firm also gave out free paint to residents throughout the day. 

The day was part of the 10-week Future Pathways programme which aims to encourage children to give back to their community as well as teaching them key skills through team-building activities.

Future Pathways is run by the Copeland Hub in partnership with Copeland Borough Council and Cumbria Constabulary, working to tackle low level crime and support community projects. The programme is sponsored and co-delivered by Morgan Sindall Infrastructure.

Representatives from Well Whitehaven also took part in the revamp and have allocated £16,497 to refurbish the community centre, alongside £60,000 to upgrade the community play area.

Well Whitehaven is a £1 million project set up to benefit the communities of Whitehaven and Corkickle. Its ‘vision for the valley’ aims to help transform the communities where local people live, work and thrive. The project aims to improve the health, wealth and employment of the people of Mirehouse and Corkickle.

Gillian Johnston, Community Engagement Advisor at Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, said: “We were delighted to be able to support the Mirehouse Community Centre revamp and look forward to continuing to see the local community grow. Morgan Sindall Infrastructure is committed to making a difference within the local communities that we work and we look forward to supporting more projects with Future Pathways.” 

Emma Williamson, Well Whitehaven Regeneration Officer, said: “It was great to have the opportunity to work alongside Mayfield students to inject a new lease of life back into the community centre.

“Their enthusiasm was infectious and it’s fantastic to see local schools and organisations working together to improve their community.”

Roxanna Schofield, Copeland Hub Co-ordinator, said: “Copeland Hub is pleased to be working with Mayfield School students again as part of the Future Pathways programme and have enjoyed painting Mirehouse Community centre as part of the community engagement day.

“Thank you to Bell Group and Well Whitehaven for allowing us to assist.”

Michelle Wiggins, Community Engagement Coordinator, Bell Decorating Group, said: "The communities that we work and live in are very special to us and we will always do what we can to help. 

"Our relationships with our clients and fellow contractors are equally important. Monday was a great example of everyone coming together for the benefit of the community and I can’t wait for us all to work together again."