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L-R: Debbie Yates, Dave Logan, Gayna Ryan and Laura Byrne (sitting)

Pan Together, who run Downside Community Centre in Newport, have been successful in obtaining significant grant funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The grant will help ensure that the centre can become sustainable and continue to provide its services to the people of Pan into the future.

Pan Together was established in 2007, became a registered charity in 2018 and is now looking to employ a community centre manager whose remit will be to develop the already vibrant centre’s role in the community to new levels.

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In Autumn 2016 the community centre moved from 2 portakabins behind the former Downside Middle School into specially designed rooms in the Pan Community Hub building, along with Barton Primary School and the East Newport Family Centre. The Isobel Community Café housed within the centre has been an ongoing success and it will continue in this role alongside a raft of new community services and activities to supplement the already considerable list.

Lead trustee Dave Logan said:

“I am absolutely delighted, and my thanks go to Debbie Yates and all those who worked so hard on this to ensure the future of the centre. It’s now down to us all to make the most of this opportunity”.

Debbie Yates, who is responsible for applying for grants for Pan Together said:

“Having been involved with Pan for a number of years now, I am thrilled that the application has been successful.

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“The valuable work that Pan Together carries out in the community and the services which we offer have helped to change people’s lives and are needed now more than ever. The volunteers and committee members all work so hard to make a difference and should be proud of their efforts.

“I must also thank Helen Miller from the National Lottery Community Fund, who supported me all the way in helping me through the application process, and who will continue to support us in managing the grant, as we move forward to an exciting future”.

Laura Byrne, the Chair of Pan Together, said:

“I am absolutely over the moon! We have worked so hard as a team through the hard times. It will now be brilliant to be able to secure a better future for the whole community of Pan. Thank you National Lottery Community Funding, thank you to all those who play the National Lottery, thank you Debbie Yates and for all involved with Pan Together, I appreciate you all”.

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