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£100k lottery boost for community learning project

by Gemma Melling

A community association in Huyton is celebrating after being awarded £100,000 in lottery funding to help them provide even more learning opportunities for local people.

The Community Educate Hub, based at the Info-Zone on Manor Farm Road in Huyton, has been awarded the funding from the Lottery’s Community Fund, following a successful bid put forward by the St John’s Community Association, which runs the centre.

The lottery funding, which is spread over five years, will allow the centre to expand on the work it is currently doing supporting local people who want to improve their education and employability. The centre, which was first opened in 1994, has been offering residents courses including computer skills, languages and creative skills to meet the needs of people locally ever since.

The Educate Hub is available every day, and currently has two computer rooms and two classrooms. It works closely with partner organisations including Knowsley Family & Community Education (FACE) and Knowsley Community College to deliver a variety of courses, all based around the skills needs of centre users. The centre is also used as a regular meeting space for clubs and interest groups, such as Spanish language group and a card making club.

The Hub is operated entirely by volunteers, who are all understandably delighted with news of the £100,000 lottery funding.

Cllr Brian O’Hare, Chair of the St John’s Community Association, said: “We’re so thrilled to have been successful in this bid to the Lottery Community Fund – it means we can look forward to the next five years with the certainty that we can continue to offer this really important local service, and even make plans to improve and adapt to changing local needs.

“It’s really exciting that we’re able to use this funding to ensure that hundreds more local people benefit from what we can offer at the Educate Hub. We know from experience that for many of the people who use the centre, it can be genuinely life-changing, helping them into new jobs or just improving their skills, confidence and wellbeing. The lottery funding is fantastic news for everyone.”

Pictured above are Trustees of the St John’s Community Association, Terry Potter (left) with Cllr Brian O’Hare (middle) and Christina O’Hare (right) at the Info-Zone in Huyton, where the Community Educate Hub is based.