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New community kitchen, thanks to local business support

by Laura Johnston

The Age UK Mid Mersey Roby Hub has recently renovated their kitchen facilities, thanks to support from FirstArk, Countryside Homes and the local ward councillors.

This is the latest improvement at the Roby Hub, which last year opened a new community garden, built with help from Bellway Homes.

The kitchen at the hub was badly in need of a modernisation and plans were agreed to upgrade the kitchen in order to be able to continue delivering a range of social activities to some of the most vulnerable members of the community. This included installing new kitchen units and worktops as well as painting the kitchen and tiling the walls.

Social business, FirstArk, provided kitchen supplies while housing developer Countryside Homes gave a donation, which allowed the hub to complete the work.

Tommy Hollet, an Age UK Mid Mersey Volunteer said: “The kitchen looks fantastic and really opens up the possibilities of what we can provide here at the Roby Hub. Initiatives like this mean so much to communities like ours and we’re grateful to FirstArk and Coutryside Homes for supporting us in this way.”

Councillor Christine Bannon speaking on behalf of Swanside’s councillors praised the collaborative working between private, voluntary and public sector organisations to deliver social value. She said: “This is a great example of how working in partnership and by working better together, our residents reap the benefits. The three Swanside Councillors, Graham, Colin and myself, are committed embracing every opportunity to improve our communities for the benefit of our residents and working to get local businesses on side is just one way in which we can do that.”