Community centre lands £384k jackpot

Celebrating the investment at the Pelican Centre
Celebrating the investment at the Pelican Centre

A COMMUNITY-run historic building is celebrating after being given a huge funding pot to transform it into a community hub.

The Pelican Centre in Tyldesley will gain a gym, facilities for people battling mental health issues and a youth zone after obtaining £384,000 from Wigan Council.

The funding pot has been allocated by the town hall through The Deal as the new facilities will help deliver adult and children’s services.

The Pelican Centre, which also houses Tyldesley’s swimming pool, is already run by a community organisation on a not-for-profit basis.

Chairman Trevor Barton said: “This is an iconic building in Tyldesley and the area available is an ideal space for sustainable social care for adults and young people.

“It’s a real shot in the arm for the town and I’m very excited about it. Through The Deal for Communities we will be able to have this important building serving the whole of our community.

The gym will be open to community groups for lifestyle work and it is also hoped injured veterans will be able to go there for physiotherapy and rehab.

The youth zone will feature areas for young people to meet and enjoy food and drink as well as play table tennis, table football or other activities they say they would like.

Mr Barton said: “I’m so looking forward to seeing our veterans using the facility as part of their return to health, and it’s an ideal space for them.”

The renovation project has also received support from Leigh MP and Pelican Centre president Andy Burnham.

Mr Burnham said: “I’m absolutely thrilled about this investment. The Pelican Centre has gone from strength to strength and this external investment and the idea it is all finally coming into community use is just brilliant.

“It’s a vital facility which Tyldesley needs and Trevor and all the team deserve massive credit for the way they have put their hearts and souls into it.”

Coun Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for health and adult services, said: “Working together with local people, this key community asset will enable us to expand the opportunities on offer and build individual resilience.”