Unity 4 Walton Centre(January 20, 2011)
Oakmere Community College’s new Unity 4 Walton centre was officially opened by Steve recently. At the ceremony, he spoke to staff, students and local residents and gave his full support to the community-focused facility.
Oakmere College is committed to widening access to learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people by offering practical, activity-based, flexible training courses in a diverse range of vocational subjects, from catering to landscaping, plastering to business administration.
Steve with Colette Taylor, Unity 4 Walton Manager
Unity 4 Walton aims to make provision for the wider community, by offering all local residents, of all ages and circumstances, a wide variety of classes and activities delivered by both the College and other partner providers. There is - as Business Development Manager Nicola Simmons pointed out - “something for everyone”.
The new centre, based in the former New Century Halls, has given a new lease of life to the former function suite. Both space and décor have been fully revamped to provide a well-equipped, multi-purpose building which includes a climbing wall and ‘boxercise’ gym, a sports hall and dance studio as well as IT, kitchen and conference suites. And as the centre enjoys a great central location, it has all the potential to become a real community ‘hub’.
“I was very keen to endorse such a locally-minded enterprise,” said Steve, following the opening event. “It’s exactly what community-based learning, training and socializing should be all about and those involved are doing a great job.”
And the college appreciated Steve’s recognition: “The college is really grateful for Steve’s time and support for the centre,” said Ms Simmons. “He’s obviously very passionate about the provision of exciting facilities in the heart of the community.”
Unity 4 Walton is holding a Community Activity Day on Friday 18 February and all are very welcome to attend.