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Croydon centre transformed: Handcroft Road Resource Centre unveiling

01 June 2009

On Saturday 6 June (2-6pm), Handcroft Road Resource Centre will reopen to the public after undergoing a refurbishment led by a local youth worker and a local artist, Winston Philips and Pins.

This project is part of the Well London programme, in partnership with Croydon Council and Handcroft Road Residents Association. During the project Winston and Pins held consultation meetings with local residents asking for ideas about how to transform the space and ensure its future use.

This produced some fantastic ideas and, along with local residents, Pins and Winston have been working for the last few weeks to transform this community space. This reopening will provide a chance for local residents to explore the new centre and make it a place that will sit at the heart of the community.

In addition to the refurbishment, Well London has provided funding for a range of new equipment, including the music cube, computers, a fish tank, plasma screens as well as furniture – including massage chairs!

Details of the day

Date: Saturday 6 June 2009

Time: 2-6pm

Venue: Handcroft Road Resource Centre, Croydon, CR0 3SN

The Mayor of Croydon will arrive at 4.30pm

There will be a range of activities on the day, including a Wii Fit tournament, music workshops, t-shirt workshops and face painting. There will also be some delicious and healthy food available throughout the afternoon.

Notes to editors

Well London In July 2007 Big Lottery Fund awarded £9,460,000 from its Well-being Fund to the Well London Alliance to deliver a portfolio of projects in 20 of London's most deprived communities. This unique programme focuses on: · Mental well-being · Physical activity · Open spaces · Culture and tradition · Healthy eating Well London will build skills and confidence and involve people in designing and delivering fun activities that meet their well-being needs. A wide range of exciting community-led projects are now taking place in twenty communities across London. For further information visit www.london.gov.uk/welllondon The programme is delivered by an alliance of partners led by the London Health Commission. The two Well partners involved in the Handcroft Road Resource Centre project are Arts Council England and South London and Maudsley Trust (SlaM). Arts Council England Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts. Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves, and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2008 and 2011, we will invest £1.3 billion of public money from government and a further £0.3 billion from the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. The Arts Council’s strand of Well London is Be Creative, Be Well. By using arts and creativity, communities will improve their local parks and open spaces, enhance their mental well being and explore new ways to get physically active.