Lincoln community spirit gets a boost from the young ones
Live music is back on the agenda at a community centre in Lincoln following a volunteer-led facelift.
Teenagers have banded together to give Croft Street Community Centre a fresh lick of paint, breathing new life into the venue.
A group of 13 volunteers put in a total of 60 hours to the project in a bid to make it more appealing to the community.
Volunteer Ben Veasey, 16, of Eastbourne Street, off Monks Road, Lincoln, said: "The centre definitely looks a lot better and more inviting.
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"They wanted it bringing into the 21st century and that's what it looks like now."
Centre manager and trustee, Caroline Boltz, said she is very grateful for all the support.
"We have 15 clubs and organisations using the centre at the moment," she said.
"By giving it a facelift I think more people will want to come in and use it.
"We already have Polish and Indonesian music groups and we have had requests for bingo.
"The Nomad Trust is trying to get funding for social activities here on a Thursday and Friday.
"We are also looking to put on live bands once a month.
"I'm thrilled at how the centre is now looking."
The National Citizen Service volunteers aged 16 and 17, who sourced paint and brushes from local firms themselves, will now get certificates from Prime Minister David Cameron.
Hiring professionals for the facelift would have cost the centre up to £2,500.
NCS volunteer Harry 'Goggles' Taylor-Roberts, 16, from North Hykeham, has painted the toilets, doors and kitchen with other volunteers from the group.
"I have got a great sense of achievement from volunteering here," he said.
"Me and my mate have an acoustic band and I'm in three other bands with people so I would definitely consider coming back here to perform in the main hall. It seems like a very good place for a gig."
The volunteers were helped by adults from the Nomad Trust, who gave the litter-strewn and overgrown garden a much-needed tidy.
Lincolnshire Education Business Partnership, which co-ordinates the National Citizen Service in the county, has placed more than 500 young people in voluntary projects this summer.
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