Doncaster Central Development Trust invited Rosie to see the development of the former art college, next to the Minster. Rebranded C-view, the large building is being refurbished on demand from new tenants, such as Sodexo, who run the Probation Service and Limitless Digital, a digital marketing service. C-view also has space for community use, from dance classes to community meetings.
Rosie said “It was very interesting to see how the old art college has been transformed and I am pleased that the local community are able to make use of the new facilities and services provided by the Trust.”
Formed in 2008 with a vision: a happy, healthy, economically and culturally vibrant central Doncaster, The Trust, a sustainable Social Enterprise, renovates housing for rent and has renovated 26 houses, now let to local people and two commercial buildings let to companies.
Resident-led, the Trust's Chair, Vice Chair and a majority of its board of directors must live in the area of benefit: five neighbourhoods - around the town centre - Hexthorpe, Hyde Park, Nether Hall, Balby Bridge and Woodfield.
Founding Chair, John Giddins has just retired from that position. New Chair, David Hughes, who runs local design agency human, said, "It is great to host a visit from our local MP, Rosie. C-view is a great building in a prime location. Everyone who comes here loves the space."
"Community and voluntary groups use C-view facilities regularly and we support them in any way we can." said new Vice Chair, Saffiyah Khan.
Pictured L-R Ben McCall - Chief Executive, Imogen Challis - Local Voluntary Director, David Hughes - Chair, Dame Rosie and John Giddins - Former Chair