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Community groups in need of funds could get the help they need from Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS).

Old Leake Community Centre now has a new kitchen thanks to grant funding of more than £17,000.

Until this summer's upgrade the 35-year-old hall had not had any significant improvements to the kitchen since it was built.

LCVS supported the community centre committee to find funds and complete successful applications for the grants.

Chairman Gordon Potter said: "This is very exciting for us and something we have been working towards for a number of years.

"The centre is well used by the community and we hope these improvements help make it more attractive for people to hire too which helps to bring in income and keep it running."

Inspire-Lincs uses the centre daily in its work with adults with learning disabilities.

It is also the base of a monthly luncheon club for pensioners, which, when it launched in February last year, attracted 28 people. At its Christmas meal there were 106.

Other users of the centre include Brownies and keep fit classes.

The community centre was awarded £10,000 from Awards for All Big Lottery Fund and £7,000 from Asda Foundation. Lincolnshire Co-op at Old Leake also donated £250.

Mrs Ali Willetts, founder of Inspire-Lincs and member of Old Leake Community Centre Committee, said: "Without LCVS I don't think I would ever have located the funding to go for. They were a tower of strength.

"They helped me sit down and really think about what this community centre offers and it was really quite eye-opening to consider and describe in our grant applications just how important it is and how people are involved in it."

Ruth Copleston, LCVS senior operations officer, said: "We're delighted to have supported Old Leake Community Centre's refurbishment project.

"The centre is an important amenity in the local area both to all the groups that already use it, those that may in the future and the wider community."

LCVS provides support and advice to community groups and helps people into volunteering.

For more information visit www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk email enquiry@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk or call 01205 510888.