GreenHouse at QE2 Activity Centre opened thanks to Southampton Airport Community Fund Big Idea
05 April 2013
The GreenHouse, a purpose-built day centre for people with learning disabilities at the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Activities Centre was officially opened on Friday 5 April. The venue, situated within Manor Farm Country Park was made possible with funding from Southampton Airport Community Fund Big Idea project.
A tree planting ceremony, a ribbon cutting and a plaque unveiling were all part of the opening event on Friday 5 April as representatives from funders Southampton Airport, builders Foreman Homes and centre users, the ‘Green Team’ got together for a celebration to mark the occasion.
The new GreenHouse is a fully accessible and environmentally sound building which means that users of the centre, the ‘GreenTeam’ will have a dedicated venue to use close to their allotment and workshop areas. The new building consists of a workspace which can be used as a classroom, dining room or meeting room, comfortable seating area, a kitchen with accessible work-surface as well as toilets and wash areas.
The GreenHouse building was made possible thanks to a grant of £50,000 from Southampton Airport Community Fund Big Idea project. In addition to the financial support from Southampton Airport Community Fund, Southampton Airport staff and volunteers helped with ground clearing in preparation for the building work.
Dave Lees, Managing Director of Southampton Airport officially opened the building on behalf of the Southampton Airport Community Fund. He said:
“The GreenHouse is a fantastic local community project that we are delighted to be associated with. After seeing the plans and proposals and helping with the ground clearing works it is wonderful to now see the new building become a reality. I have no doubt that the GreenHouse will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Lynda Lee, GreenHouse co-ordinator said:
“The Green Team now has the space to grow and develop further, providing a better service to more and more people. It would not have been possible without the support of Southampton Airport Community Fund.”