Scilly’s Health And Wellbeing Centre Given Green Light

Old primary school at Carn Gwaval

The Council’s plans to turn the former Carn Gwaval primary school site into a health and wellbeing centre were given the green light today.

They’ve secured a £474,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, which will be used to create the social hub, bringing together the Lifelong Learning facility and memory café together with a sensory garden, nursery and day centre.

The Council have previously stated the new centre will allow a number of community projects to be housed on a single site instead of at various St Mary’s locations.

Chair of Community Services, Councillor Richard McCarthy, described the new facility as providing a key piece of social infrastructure for the islands.

He said: “This centre will encourage islanders of all ages to attain their full potential in so many areas – in physical fitness, in social interaction, in intellectual achievement, in music, play and a whole range of hobbies. It will promote independence and social inclusion for older people and offer support to working families. It will also provide health services and address the causes of ill health.”

A section of the site has already been redeveloped, including a new gym and fitness centre, as part of the sports hall project.

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