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PUBLISHED: 09:02 13 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

LINE dancing, drama groups and coffee mornings are just a handful of activities at a £200,000 new Community Outreach Centre in Ipswich.

The former Salvation Army Citadel in Queen's Way has been transformed into a purpose-built centre designed to meet the needs of the community.

LINE dancing, drama groups and coffee mornings are just a handful of activities at a £200,000 new Community Outreach Centre in Ipswich.

The former Salvation Army Citadel in Queen's Way has been transformed into a purpose-built centre designed to meet the needs of the community.

Lieutenant Colonel Howard Grottick, divisional commander for the Anglian region of the Salvation Army, performed Saturday's grand opening ceremony attended by members, volunteers and dignitaries including Suffolk County Council chairman, Ron Sudds.

The building was refurbished and extended to include a large function hall for activities such as parent and toddler groups, kitchen, drop in café, committee/counselling room and office space.

The project was developed after Salvation Army research revealed a shortage of venues for community groups.

Centre manager Margaret Bale, said: "The building was constructed in the 1930's as a Salvation Army church hall.

"It was decided after doing research three years ago that we needed to bring it up to date so it can be used for all sorts of things for the community such as mums and toddlers group, women's groups and church worship.

"We want the community to feel this is their place where people can meet together and share their hopes and problems with my staff and I."

Money for the project came from the Salvation Army, charitable trusts, other churches and community fundraising efforts.

Barbara Pink, 67, of Kings Way, a volunteer in Salvation Army's Salt Pot Café, said: "The centre brings people together in the area. We are getting quite a few people in. With something new people are always quite dubious but it is getting better and people are coming in to the Salt Pot for coffee where it is relaxed and friendly."

Lou Wood, 45, of Franklin Road, a mums and toddlers' group volunteer, said: "It is a great centre where a lot of things are on offer for people of all ages."

The Feel Good women's lifestyles group is already using the premises and tonight will be a line dancing taster session.

Young people from The So Real Theatre Company will be performing at the centre on the Thursday evening. For tickets contact the centre.

Weblinks:

The Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org.uk


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