Heritage and health project wins National Lottery support

by | 12 January 2020 | Health, Heritage, Local Charity, Worksop

The Old Library building on Memorial Avenue, Worksop is set to be transformed to its former glory thanks to a £1.56million Heritage Fund grant. Aurora Wellbeing Centres have been successful with their application to The National Lottery Heritage Fund and will begin work on an ambitious plan to regenerate the historic Grade II listed building.

The £1.56million National Lottery grant will be boosted to £2million with support from key stakeholders.
The project will create a dedicated heritage area at the centre, including physical displays and an innovative virtual museum to tell the story of the Old Library and Museum throughout the decades. Aurora’s aim is to engage people living with cancer and their families with heritage to support their wellbeing. This includes an innovative new activities programme, giving people an opportunity to connect with the history of Worksop.

The Aurora Wellbeing Centre opened in May 2014 in the old library and museum building in Worksop. Its primary purpose is to provide support for people diagnosed with cancer. Aurora will continue to provide their vital cancer services and their community facilities at the Old Library Building throughout the renovations as the plan will be managed in phases.

Phillip Foster, Aurora Chairman, said: “This is fantastic news and without the support of National Lottery players, the Old Library building could not have been refurbished. To have a renovated building to offer our services from is wonderful news. Our small team led by our trustee Carl Andrews have worked incredibly hard to bring this ambitious project to realisation.”

Debra Fores, Centre Manager, said: “This is excellent news for the local community; it will give Aurora the opportunity to explore the links between heritage, health and wellbeing and will bring great benefits for the local community as we continue to explore and develop services.”

Jonathan Platt, Head of Investment for Midlands and East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “This project will not only renovate and conserve an important historic building in Worksop, but also explore the role that heritage can play in supporting and improving the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families. I’m delighted that National Lottery players’ money is supporting this project, which could be a great example for similar centres across the UK.”
Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or a long-term health condition, including their family members and carers, in the Bassetlaw area. Services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, exercise classes and a gym. The centre is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.30pm. Call 01909 470985 or visit www.aurorawellbeing.org.uk/worksop for more information.