Seetec and Fountain Gate Chapel join forces to renovate historic building
The legendary old BBC Playhouse building in Hulme has been a subject of renovation since 2012 when Fountain Gate Chapel church group took the grand scale project upon themselves, in the name of community spirit.
A group of volunteers have been working to bring the building back to life and offer the local community a venue to be proud of, for the past four years. However, in 2014 Seetec came on board with its volunteers to lend an extra hand to give a final push to get the project finished.
Volunteering is a great way to develop and refresh work skills as well as giving something back to the community. Without this key bit of help, the building could easily have fallen into ruin.
Once completed the vast space will be turned into a much needed hub for the community; creating a go-to location for housing community groups, a food bank and a community café. The future vision is that the iconic venue that once housed Top of the Pops can be offered out to businesses, schools and individuals for things such as events, shows and plays.
Ian Tully, Area Delivery Manager at Seetec said, “A project this scale needs all hands on deck, and while we’ve got people in the position to spend their time working on such an important and feel-good project, then we will provide what and who we can. Working with community projects in this way allows our customers to learn new skills, meet new people and be able to make a positive contribution to their community.”
Charles Nketia, pastor of Fountain Gate Chapel said, “We see such potential in this building every time we hold our community church groups here, and want it to be a place that so many more people get to benefit from. Hopefully, it won’t be too long until people can! We are so grateful for the involvement of Seetec, and are always on the lookout for new volunteers to get this moving as quickly as possible.”
Glynn Kelly, Seetec customer, said “I’ve been working at Fountain Gate for about 4 months and it’s great to be a part of such a charitable project. My main role is helping with the food banks, which means I can directly see the difference that’s being made. I’d definitely recommend volunteering if anyone is considering it!”
Due to the scale of the job, the work will be an ongoing basis, but the aim is to have the community café open by the end of this year.