Pupils with headteacher at Elms Bank


Unsworth Community Hub Receives Incredible Funding Boost

The team from the Unsworth Community Hub Project are celebrating following confirmation of a large grant from the Viridor Credits Environmental Company, through the Landfill Communities Fund.  The grant will be used to make much needed alterations and upgrades to the building, with the work starting on site in March 2021. 

The funding from Viridor Credits will significantly improve the facility; it will be used to install a new emergency lighting system, to renovate the neglected mezzanine level of the building with a full re-decoration, to purchase much needed furniture and equipment, to install new external signage and to create a training room that will be available to hire. 

The new Community Hub will not only provide a book exchange, but there will also be a computer area, a coffee shop, an exhibition area and an arts and craft shop open to the public. The space will provide a lively centre for meetings and activities for the whole community, including craft workshops, book clubs, children's events, and local history groups.  The Community Hub will open to the public once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

Elms Bank students will gain valuable work experience at the Hub – working alongside volunteers from the community and staff from the school.

Headteacher of Elms Bank, Orienne Langley-Sadler said:

                “We are delighted that we have been awarded this vital funding from Viridor Credits as it will enable us to transform the building. Unsworth Community Hub will soon be a focal point for the local community – an important place to bring people together and to help reduce feelings of isolation.”

Gareth Williams, Operations Manager at Viridor Credits, said:

 “Bringing communities together through facilities like Unsworth Community Hub is at the heart of what the Landfill Communities Fund is about. Congratulations to the Elms Bank team and local community for your successful bid!”

Follow the progress of the work and the Unsworth Community Hub project on the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UnsworthLibrary

Viridor Credits Environmental Company seeks applications from not-for-profit groups and organisations and community groups. Applications can be made for projects that fall into one of three categories (below), provided that the project is located within 10 miles of an active Viridor landfill site or Energy Recovery Facility (ERF). They are:

·         Provision or improvement of a public amenity;

·         The conservation or promotion of biological diversity through:

o   the provision, conservation, restoration or enhancement of a natural habitat, or

o   the maintenance or recovery of a species or its habitat on land or water

·         Restoration or renovation of buildings of historical or architectural importance or those used for religious worship.

Viridor Credits is looking for further projects to fund located within 10 miles of active Viridor managed landfill sites or ERFs. Applicants can visit www.viridor-credits.co.uk, call 01823 476476, or email enquiries@viridor-credits.co.uk.

Viridor Credits Environmental Company is an environmental body and independent charity.

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund 

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs).  EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.   

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit www.entrust.org.uk or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.