Islington community centre to ‘spruce up’ after winning £1,000 voucher

Tsedal Menghistu, of St Luke's Community Centre, with Daniel Smith, branch manager at Leyland SDM Sh

Tsedal Menghistu, of St Luke's Community Centre, with Daniel Smith, branch manager at Leyland SDM Shoreditch. Picture: Submitted by Leyland SDM - Credit: Archant

An Islington community centre has secured £1,000 to renovate its premises.

St Luke’s Community Centre on Central Street has won the voucher from hardware and decorating merchant Leyland SDM as part of the company’s Give London a Lift campaign.

This is a competition to help community groups, organisations and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE: St Luke’s Community Centre offers free activitiesThomas Lans, director of operations at St Luke’s, said: “Our plan is to paint a number of rooms in the centre and spruce up the place to welcome our visitors in.”

He said St Luke’s has also set up a Food Hub and phone befriending service, and as lockdown eases has started to provide a lunch club for over-55s and indoor activities.

“Hopefully we will be able to return to our normal service in the coming months and it will be a huge boost to everyone to return to a newly-painted centre.”

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Paul Gerreli, marketing director at Leyland SDM, said: “We launched Give London a Lift to boost groups and organisations during this difficult time. St Luke’s stood out as they provide such key services to such a large section of their local community.”

St Luke’s is visited 140,000 each year and hosts a cookery school, gardening and food growing projects, a lunch club, children’s activities and business engagement programmes.

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