Community centre in Madeley celebrating after receiving £16,000 grant from Severn Trent Community Fund 

Friday 12 April 2024

After receiving £16,000 of core funding from Severn Trent’s Community Fund, Anstice Community Trust has revealed how the grant has helped secure the immediate future of a centre at the heart of the community in Madeley.

The grade-two listed building, leased to the Trust, acts as a community centre, and was previously a working men’s club. It now welcomes around 1,000 people through its doors every week for a range of activities such as games of bingo, and movie showings in its ballroom.

And now after receiving it’s Severn Trent Community Fund grant, the Trust has spoken of how it was ‘impossible’ to predict what the future would hold for the centre following the COVID-19 pandemic.

June Campbell, of Anstice Community Trust, said: “We had spent a year or so in lockdown just a few weeks after we had opened the centre for the first time. We were really struggling with the cost-of-living crisis, the hangover financially from COVID, the national living wage increase, and also the cost of utilities – our electric bill went up from £650 to £1,300 a month which was horrendous.

“Without this grant we would have had to increase our prices in the café for example, which may have made us unaffordable for some of the community we serve. We would have had to consider reducing staff hours which may have meant redundancies. The grant has allowed us to concentrate on the day to day running of the centre and serving the community which is what we’re here for – it’s vital for Madeley.

“We were really pleased when we found out that our application had been successful. The team has that breathing space now, so we are incredibly grateful – it’s nice to have that support from organisations such as Severn Trent.”

Since 2020, Severn Trent’s Community Fund has supported over 400 community groups with core cost funding to help them through the impact of COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis. 

Jade Gough, Community Fund Officer, said: “We understand many charities and groups still urgently need financial help, which is why last November we allocated £500,000 from the 2023/24 Community Fund specifically to cover core costs for groups within our region. Through that we were able to support Anstice Community Trust, as well as another 33 incredible organisations across our region, that run for the benefit of local residents.

“The centre is an incredible building that many people in the local community rely on, and we’re over the moon that the Trust is able to continue to offer their wonderful space, and services, to everyone.”

To find out more about the fund, and what projects have been awarded, please visit