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£400k will help two Truro-based projects

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 13, 2012

An impression of what the new hall at Malpas could look like.

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NEARLY £400,000 of Lottery funding will help two Truro-based projects to improve the lives of young and old.

At Malpas it is hoped a new village hall will become the heart of the community thanks to a £211,000 grant.

Meanwhile the Wave Project will create 300 new surf therapy places for disadvantaged young people to improve their mental wellbeing.

The charity was given £177,000 to continue running free six-week surfing courses for the next three years.

Project co-ordinator Joe Taylor, of Truro, said: "The funding will enable us to build on the success of our surf therapy programme and will allow more local schools and projects working with disadvantaged young people to refer clients to us free of charge. We hope to continue to achieve the same outcomes as our previous projects, which have seen young people starting out as clients and going on to volunteer with the project to help other young people who are struggling."

Meanwhile at Malpas a new community hub could open in August next year.

The £260,000 facility, with toilets and a kitchen, will replace the dilapidated 120-year-old wooden hut which had acted as the village hall.

The new building, which has also received £30,000 in funding from the Sita Cornwall Trust, will then be annexed to the adjacent old church building to provide a heart around which the rural community, with 170 residents, can sustain a vibrant future.

Mike Swingler, chairman of Malpas Village Hall Trust, said: "It is hard for a tiny place like Malpas to keep its strong sense of community when the only shop is closed and there is nowhere that is safe and accessible to meet. Our project is the result of years of planning, consultation and fundraising. Now everyone's hard work has been worthwhile."

The group will start a tendering process with the aim of starting building work in the next few months.

Treasurer Philippa Kessel added: "A large grant like this is a big responsibility and we will all be working tremendously hard."

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