The future of a community hub in Newport has been secured, thanks to cash from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The grant to Pan Together will help ensure that the Downside Community Centre continues to provide services to the people of Pan into the future.

It will also mean that the charity can look into employing a community centre manager, to help develop the centre’s role in the community.

In 2016 the community centre moved from two portacabins behind the former Downside Middle School into specially designed rooms in the Pan Community Hub building, along with Barton Primary School and the East Newport Family Centre.

It is now home to the Isobel Community Cafe, and services including adult learning, information and guidance sessions, a youth club, Cooking on a Budget courses, and more.

Lead trustee Dave Logan said:

“I am absolutely delighted, and my thanks go to Debbie Yates and all those who worked so hard on this to ensure the future of the centre. It’s now down to us all to make the most of this opportunity.”

Debbie Yates, who is responsible for applying for grants for Pan Together said:  

“Having been involved with Pan for a number of years now, I am thrilled that the application has been successful. The valuable work that Pan Together carries out in the community and the services which we offer have helped to change people’s lives and are needed now more than ever. The volunteers and committee members all work so hard to make a difference and should be proud of their efforts.”

Cara Woodford, who volunteers at the centre, said:

“Amazing news and it is great to now have security for the next three years. This will mean a lot to the community.”