About the Organisation
The Carroll Centre is a registered charity that has been supporting children, young people families and the community since 1992. The centre provides services and activities that promote learning and personal development, build self-esteem, foster creativity, raise aspirations, enhance life chances and reduce social isolation and inequality.
The centre is a community hub located in an area of need, with many of our service users from low income/unwaged households and classed as vulnerable. We provide a supportive environment that offers social and leisure facilities, youth support services, early years education, family support and training and mentoring. Our services promote positive life outcomes, improved health and wellbeing, reduce social isolation and inequality, and promote community interaction.
The centre currently offers the following services:
- Social and leisure facilities.
- Youth support services.
- Family support and early years education inc. a nursery, a soft play area.
- Training and mentoring.
- Cafe and food bank.
- Warm Hub – to get warm in a safe space and receive a free hot drink.
The centre is based on an ex-council estate, containing high levels of HMOs and cheap rental properties and accessed by people in and out of the area. The centre is largely volunteer led with many service users becoming volunteers.
Built in the 1990’s, the property is made up of a single-story building, with an extension added in 2013 and totalling 200-300sqm. The building is very poorly insulated, and the centre has long-term plans to refurbish, insulate and review the heating system to ensure that it is fit for purpose, economical to run and a sustainable to run.
Urgent improvements are now needed to the building including immediate and urgent assistance to a leaking flat roof over the nursery.
The Carroll Centre would welcome pro bono support to survey the property (particularly the leaking roof which currently poses a safety issue to the nursery) and advise on a plan of works to inform their maintenance programme and allow them to apply for funding.
By the end of February 2023