£25k revamp gets seal of approval

The comfy new sofas are a real delight in the TV room
The comfy new sofas are a real delight in the TV room

YOUNGSTERS are delighted with the transformation of a popular centre which has been given £25,000 of improvements.

The West View Project not-for-profit organisation, that runs a host of activities for young people aged eight to 18, has just finished the improvements to its premises in Miers Avenue, Hartlepool.

The building, which dates from the 1950s, has been completely redecorated and refurbished to create a new games room complete with air hockey and table football games and a pool table, a new kitchen area, a television room with comfortable sofas, a general activities room with new furniture, three new computers and Wii games and new toilets.

Bosses and youngsters who use the centre are delighted with the makeover that has seen the rooms expanded and thousands spent on new facilities.

The transformation has been made possible because the West View Project has moved its administrative offices across the road to the former West View Community Centre, creating more than 25 per cent more space for activities in the Miers Avenue building.

Chris Wise, West View Project development manager, said: “Moving our administrative offices gave us the opportunity to free up all the space in the Miers Avenue building specifically for activities for the young people.

“We planned the refurbishment in consultation with the youngsters and have incorporated as many of their suggestions as possible.

“The building is now brighter and more exciting and the layout is now more focused on the young people’s needs.”

The revamp has received the seal of approval from the excited youngsters.

Ten-year-old Tyler Harker, who comes to youth club sessions four evenings a week, said: “It’s a big improvement.It’s a great place. The best bit is the new air hockey table.”

Hannah Crichton, eight, added: “It’s excellent – the centre is much brighter, more colourful and more fun. The games room is the best bit – and the comfy sofas in the TV room.”

For more information about the West View Project, call (01429) 272699 or visit www.wvp.org.uk