Chester’s groups and charities will get a better community venue thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.
The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to improve Chester Quaker Meeting House on Frodsham Street.
Works will include improvement to the ground floor entrance and staircase, installation of new kitchen and toilet facilities, including an improved accessible toilet area and redecoration throughout the building.
Warden and manager Jan Stocker believes that the refurbishment will make a huge difference to the many people who regularly come to the building to hold meetings, conferences, training and networking events.
She said: “This project will provide a real boost to the local communities of Chester. It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money and we’re really looking forward to our Meeting House being newly refreshed by Autumn 2016.”
WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.
WREN spokesperson Richard Smith said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Chester Quaker Meeting House improvement project and pleased our funding will make such a difference to so many groups of people across Chester. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and we’re looking forward to this one having a positive impact very soon.”
The building will be closed late June, July and August 2016 in order for these essential works to take place.