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Refurbishments get community centre ready to ‘Make, Move and Meet’

Refurbishments get community centre ready to ‘Make, Move and Meet’

A major refurbishment programme is well underway at a community venue in Amble thanks to the support of the community and local funders.

The Dry Water Arts Centre, founded by Co-directors, Frances Anderson and Paula Turner, is nearing completion of the second phase of major refurbishment work, setting the not-for-profit arts organisation up perfectly to be able to continue to support the community through creative activities and events.

The latest work, which has seen the centre’s empty loft space transformed into a multipurpose studio, will provide more space for the delivery of additional yoga, movement. Meditation and community wellbeing classes.

Frances Anderson said: “When we first moved in in 2018, the building was quite run down and needed a lot of work to make it fit for purpose. We saw the centre as a opportunity to develop a creative community hub in Amble and the support we’ve received from the local community over the past couple of years has been phenomenal.

“The most recent phase of the refurbishment has seen the loft space renovated into a studio area which will provide more space for movement and wellbeing classes and, very importantly, will give us a quiet and calming space to support the work we do with vulnerable people, carers and those living with dementia.”

The refurbishment work was made possible thanks to community donations and grant funding secured from the National Lottery’s Reaching Communities fund, Karbon Homes, Ballinger Trust, Sir James Knott Trust and Northumberland County Council Community Chest.

A £6,000 grant was secured from our community investment fund which has contributed towards the cost of special flooring and eco radiators in the studio.

Mary Ormston, our Community Connector for North and East Northumberland said: “It’s been great to work with Frances, Paula and the team and it’s fantastic to see the centre nearly ready to reopen its door in the coming weeks. Organisations like Dry Water Arts play such an important role in our communities and as one of our key aims is to create places that promote health, happiness and wellbeing, we were keen to support them in any way that we could.”

We first worked with Dry Water Arts back in April 2020 when they secured a £2,400 grant from our Covid community response fund to provide support to the most vulnerable members of the community, through the delivery of the food, medicine and essential supplies, as well as the provision of resources, bespoke activities and online classes to maintain mobility through lockdown.

Frances added: “It’s been a tough year but one thing that has really shone is what an impact community organisations like ourselves can make. As restrictions ease and we start to welcome people back to the centre we want to make sure that those members of the community who need help and support have access to it, by providing the community with a welcoming and safe place to make, move and meet.”

To find out more about the calendar of events, classes and workshops happening at the Dry Water Arts Centre over the coming months, visit, email or call 07542 141 411