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Vee's place is revived; PRESCOT Centre marks regeneration.

Byline: Cathryn Gregory

MEMBERS of a Pr escot community club are celebrating following a major renovation of its home.

Vee's Place, a group which provides a range of activities and support for people in the community, was refurbished by a gr oup of nine volunteers from Knowsley Housing Trust (KHT) and builders merchants Travis Perkins.

The group, set up by Verity "Vee" Rhodes as therapy for depression when she retired in 2001, brings together young and old people from the community to swap skills and share knowledge. It has also gained a reputation for the support it offers to people living with a variety of for ms of depr ession.

Ms Rhodes said: "It has been a pleasure to work with KHT and I am very grateful for their help. We r un a valuable service here for the community and now we have more time to help even more people, with the renovation being finished so soon."

Repairs including painting, plumbing and putting up shelves were carried out by the team, with materials supplied for free by Travis Perkins.

Russell Thompson, executive director of maintenance services at KHT, said: "Vee's Place has become an important community hub. If it had to close for renovations a lot of people would have been cut off from a vital lifeline.

"Vee is an incredible lady and we could not believe she was trying to complete all these repairs herself. We had to help out."

The club provides a whole host of activities, information, opportunities and training for communities in Knowsley and St Helens, with members ranging from age 10 to 110.

Activities such as bingo nights and quizzes are popular at the club, which also has a mini-gym, an IT suite, youth club and rock band, and workshops aimed at providing employment and training to young people.

Ms Rhodes added: "I feel that the club really fills a gap, taking a different approach to helping members of the community -to get into work or training, or just providing a place where people can get together and have fun."

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Greg Peterson, Marty Mather, Verity 'Vee' Rhodes, Chris Manion and Jyoti Amin at Vee''s Place, in Prescot
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2012
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