Centre faces closure unless funding is found

Sandy Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator at the Dukeries Community Workshop pictured with committee members Mark O'Connor, left and Alan Taylor
Sandy Jackson, Volunteer Coordinator at the Dukeries Community Workshop pictured with committee members Mark O'Connor, left and Alan Taylor
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A COMMUNITY workshop which provides wood work and other skills for adults is appealing for funding to avoid closure.

The Dukeries Community Workshop, at the Dukeries Complex, Ollerton, offers wood carving, wood turning, carpentry, joinery and furniture repair and glass and metal work.

The centre needs £35,000 to run for a year and has been helped through grants from the Coalfields Regeneration Trust but is struggling to find funding lately.

Centre Coordinator Sandy Jackson said because the workshop did not specialise in any particular client group, funding bodies were turning down its applications.

“We do not turn anybody away,” said Sandy.

“The youngest is 18 and the oldest over 90. People are keen to find different projects but we are a workshop and because we are so wide we do not appeal to a particular area of funding.”

The workshop recently lost its technician and is now run solely by a team of volunteers - mostly skilled, retired people .

Said Sandy: “We need a technician as we are all getting older now.”

“This is the last remaining community workshop in the country.

“It is very social place used by older and disabled people and helps them to develop social support networks.”

Sandy is appealing for funding from local businesses or larger organisations.

For more information or to donate please phone Sandy on 01623 860545 or visit communityworkshop@dukeries.notts.sch.uk.