Dedicated volunteers from Emerald Publishing Ltd have adorned Keighley’s Hainworth Wood Community Centre with a captivating mural and revitalised the interior with a fresh coat of paint.

Approximately 30 employees from the Leeds-based company generously dedicated a day to volunteer at the centre.

The Hainworth Wood Community Centre has been undergoing a remarkable transformation since narrowly avoiding closure due to a roof collapse caused by high winds in March 2021. Local ward councillors and volunteers joined forces to rescue the centre, undertaking cleanup and repair efforts, with financial assistance from Bradford Council and support from the Keighley Area Co-ordinator’s Office.

Presently, the centre is thriving, offering diverse activities for the local community. These include a parent-toddler group, parenting and maternity classes, IT training, job clubs, and a luncheon club for the elderly.

Keighley East Ward Councillor Lisa Robinson, who supports the centre, said: “We were overwhelmed to have been chosen by Emerald Publishing Ltd, for their staff volunteer day, it has made a massive difference inside and outside and supports the journey that the centre is on growing from strength to strength.”

Vicky Williams, CEO of Emerald Publishing Ltd, said: “We were delighted to be able to support Hainworth Wood Community Centre this year. The work they’ve done to transform the centre over the last few years is inspiring, and it was great to be able to play a small part in that. We do group volunteering events every year and were pleased to be able to support three organisations in Keighley this year – alongside Hainworth, we also did some work for the Keighley Women’s and Children’s Association and Woodville Community Centre. Community support is vital in ensuring we don’t lose these much-needed resources for those that need them.”