THE TEAM behind a new community hub for Droitwich Spa has been awarded a £120,000 grant from Wychavon District Council towards making the proposal a reality.
The funding for The Cabin, which would be situated on the Droitwich Spa High School site, came following a joint bid by the town council and Droitwich Means Business.
The cash will come from the £3 million Wychavon Community Legacy Grant scheme.
The building will host adult education programmes, community and family information meetings, along with events and consultations by the police, social care, special needs groups, the health service and other local organisations.
The £120,000 grant, towards the cost of The Cabin, was approved by the Executive Board at Wychavon District Council.
It means just £30,000 more needs to be raised by local businesses to reach the £150,000 target needed to build this new community asset.
The Cabin, a stand-alone, wooden clad building which can be used by whole community, was driven by the high school, supported by local business and Droitwich Town Council.
It will be located next to The Centre at the school which already helps pupils engage with the wider community.
Paul Buckell, who runs The Centre, said he was thrilled the funding had been agreed for the scheme.
“The Cabin will be a natural extension of the work of The Centre as it will enable us to reach out to the community, beyond school, to encourage wider engagement with what we do here.
“This new community centre will have a positive impact for all residents of Droitwich and will be an excellent resource for the whole town.”
Mark Keld, Town Clerk at Droitwich Spa Town Council, said: “This is great news for everyone and testament to all the hard work, enthusiasm and diligence put in by so many people to initiate and progress the vision and project.”
Matt Nicol, managing director of Nicol and Co Estate Agents in Droitwich, speaking on behalf of Droitwich Means Business, said: “We’re chuffed to bits by this great news and will now work together to raise the final £30,000 needed to start building The Cabin.”
Droitwich Means Business is a local business group, co-founded and chaired by Matt Nicol, made up of a number of key business owners, local employers and business leaders formed with the purpose of putting Droitwich Spa back on the map and building a connected community.