Community centre offers cooking lessons, homework help and more

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Community centre offers cooking lessons, homework help and more

A community centre in Corner Brook that went through a management shake-up a year ago is catching on, and developing new programs under new leadership.

Vine Place, located in a public-housing block, is funded by Newfoundland and Labrador Housing with an annual grant of $175,000.

The centre was formerly operated as WestRock, until that group was evicted in a legal dispute with the housing corporation.

"The mandate is the same," said Mike Kearley, executive director of Vine Place. "It's to offer programming that helps individuals with employment, recreational, social, health."

On Thursday, seven women were busy in the centre's kitchen making soup that will be shared among their families.

"The community kitchen is program that we applied to through Western Health. The aim is to provide just some instruction around healthy eating and meal preparation and to provide a healthy meal to the individuals that apply," said Kearley. 

The centre also offers help with homework, and has a recreation room. Five staff have applied for additional grants, with money coming soon for basketball and volleyball nets.

Kearley said he has seen a steady increase in clientele since the facility opened.

"It takes a little while, You have to build up a rapport with individuals in the community," he said.

"I think they are really positive and they are happy to have their centre back. They seem to be enjoying our programs. People are showing up."