Paisley Community Center is undergoing an overhaul with increased funding

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One of Paisley’s most beloved community centers has been given a makeover thanks to a grant.

The Wynd Consulting and Conference Center is gearing up for a busy 2022 after completing auditorium renovations and building-wide repairs.

He received £2,500 from the Benefact Trust to repair roof problems that had accumulated over time.

Following receipt of the grant, Wynd bosses were able to focus the money they had allocated for the project elsewhere and decided to renovate the auditorium.

The space recently hosted the launch of ‘About Us’, by Unboxed, which saw hundreds of people enjoy free sound and light shows outside Paisley Abbey. This also included BBC Radio Scotland hosting its afternoon show from the center as the hosts interviewed people involved in the Unboxed project.

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The auditorium has hosted concerts, theater productions and conferences over the years.



The auditorium gets a makeover

Center director Thomas Blane hopes the recent refurbishment will allow the center to continue to grow after a difficult few years.

He said: “We realized since reopening after the pandemic that there were improvements needed to breathe new life into the centre.

“I am extremely grateful to the Benefact Trust for giving us this grant to repair our roof and as a result we were also able to refurbish our auditorium.

“We had just finished the work when Unboxed approached us about using the auditorium for their launch and I honestly believe they might have had reservations if we hadn’t had the chance to renovate it first.

“It’s one of the biggest events we’ve run and, with BBC Scotland also broadcasting live with us for three hours, it was an extremely busy day!



The Wynd Center in Paisley has received a £2,500 grant to revamp its auditorium
Wynd Center Manager Thomas Blane

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped with our renovation so far and hopefully, with the restrictions continuing to ease, we will be able to have many more people using our facility in the future.”

The Wynd Center is the outreach arm of Oakshaw Trinity Church opened in 1984 and after renovation and expansion the new facilities were opened by HRH Princess Anne in 2001. It was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2016.

Around 30 organizations use its facilities, including PACE and Victim Support, and it has a nationally recognized and well-used counseling service for clients aged five through adults.

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