This brand new community centre was built in 2019 with the help of a £50,000 grant from Viridor Credits. Westfield estate in Yeovil includes some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in South Somerset. At the centre of the estate, St Peter’s Church Hall was the only community meeting space, but was in a poor state of repair. Despite this, it was in regular use for everything from baby groups to lunch clubs for the elderly.
The vision was to replace the single-space hall with a multi-purpose facility, including both hireable spaces, and an area for the community to drop into throughout the week. With Viridor Credits help, £940,000 was raised and the new St. Peter’s Community Centre was built to time and to budget in 2019.
The centre is already in use seven days a week. It hosts a job club, health café, Citizens Advice and youth groups and a volunteer-run community café three times a week. The reaction to the new Centre has been overwhelmingly positive, and it has provided Westfield with a fantastic facility, and a welcoming and high-quality community hub.