Community centre Catalyst success

Primrose Hill Community Centre picked up a highly valued award at the Catalyst Achievement Awards last night.

Catalyst Award

7 Jun 2019

The enterprise organisation running the centre was nominated for an award in the Community Spaces and Buildings category and is celebrating today after picking up the top prize.

Thirteen has been heavily involved in the consultation, progression and refurbishment of the centre over the past year and has installed a new kitchen, toilets and re-decorated throughout. Thirteen has also donated garden equipment for customers and a laptop so visitors to the centre can browse for available properties, report repairs and pay their rent.

Thirteen also provided £15,000 of funding for the refurbishment outside the centre, installing a sensory garden, raised beds for vegetables and a BBQ area.

Heidi Laverick, neighbourhood co-ordinator for Primrose Hill, said: “I’m really pleased that the management organisation has picked up this award after all the hard work they and the partners have put in over the past year. They have been instrumental in revitalising the area and providing a fantastic youth service for local children.

“The community centre had been closed for eight years but now we’re continuing the development of the centre and are providing a range of services to the neighbourhood from the building. It has made the area more sustainable and we're seeing a decrease in rent arrears and attracting new customers to the area as well as sustaining the tenancies we currently have. We hold a weekly drop-in surgery, have a dedicated money advice worker and an employability drop-in which has seen big achievements in the last few months.

“So it’s great news the centre has been recognised this way.”