Phylis remembered as new Centre opens

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Much loved community worker Phylis McVey, who passed away last year, was remembered for her dedication as the new Community Centre was opened in Harpur’s Hill last week.

Mayor of the Borough, Michelle Knight McQuillan recognised the work and commitment that Phylis had given to the project as she welcomed guests to the official opening of the new Centre.

In delivering this new forward thinking innovative project, this close-knit community will now benefit from Phylis’s work, and from the work that everyone who attended has previously contributed to ensure the project took place and was completed.

Guests at the official opening included funding representatives from the Department of Social Development, they celebrated the official opening of the Harpur’s Hill Community Centre Rebuild Project with locals.

The area has been recognised as an area of high deprivation - high levels of unemployment, low earnings, high levels of pupils entitled to free school meals and

moderate levels of educational attainment.

It is also an area that has had a significant increase in the number of children with additional needs.

Because of these attributes, the area received funding from the Department of Social Development and support from Council in delivering this rebuild project.

The Cross Glebe Community Association carried out an extensive consultation exercise to identify the needs and wishes of the area’s residents during 2012.

Now the whole community will benefit from a new Centre.

The Harpur’s Hill Community Centre is central to the families and communities within the Harpur’s Hill Estate and adjoining neighbourhoods.