Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero visited Selston’s Tin Hat Centre on Monday to see how it has spent more than £200,000 awarded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The centre is running a three-year long ‘Collective, Community and Cuisine’ project that aims to promote food safety, cooking skills and healthy eating and address isolation in the community.
The £207,166 from the Big Lottery has paid for a training kitchen to be installed at the Tin Hat and refurbishment of the community café.
Thanks to the new facilities, the centre can run courses on weaning for babies, help people learn how to make a meal from the contents of their foodbank parcel and encourage people suffering from loneliness to come and cook and eat with others.
Gloria officially opened the centre on Monday before volunteers and community members enjoyed a buffet lunch.
Gloria said: “It is fantastic news that the Tin Hat Centre has been awarded this money for a project that will make a big difference to the community in Selston.
“It will address so many important issues, such as healthy eating and loneliness, and it shows exactly why projects in areas like Ashfield should apply for their share of lottery cash.
“A big well done to manager Paulette Sturman and the team at the Tin Hat.”