Stifford Community Centre was established in 1997 when local community members grew increasingly worried about the lack of any community facilities within the Stifford estate. After consultation with the local community and the councillors the local community project began; however without a base, things were looking grim. The next few years were spent looking for a premises or funding to build a premises for the highly anticipated community project.
After three years, in 2000, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets allotted three abandoned shops to Stifford TJRS-TRA Community Centre with funding secured from LBTH & ERDF to convert the derelict shops into a modern community centre.
Finally the hard work and commitment of the dedicated members of the executive committee paid of as Stifford TJRS TRA Community Centre opened its doors to the public in August 2000.
The first project to start at the centre was the Mother Tongue classes which provided cultural education to the children within the local community. The centre spent the next few years building up new projects such as the Elders Luncheon Club, Women’s Project, Study Support Class, ICT Classes and the summer project.
In 2003, the centre made a huge breakthrough in obtaining funding from Jobcentre Plus to setup an Advanced ICT programme for the unemployed. This pioneering project brought fresh vigour to the Centre as it bought in ‘new blood’ as well as a partnership with another organisation StudioLAN. Many students were trained through this project, achieving CCNA qualifications and excellent employment opportunities such as the ones outlined in the Success stories.
This centre would not have been possible without the assistance and support of several key people and organisations. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their contribution.
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