‘IT’S super exciting.”
South Alive manager Cress Evans is justifiably “super excited” about the completion of the 5m extension to the South City community centre – The Pod.
Located behind The Pantry on the corner of Grace and Ness Sts, The Pod now has a volunteer’s lounge which includes a kitchenette and sewing machine for volunteers to sew boomerang bags.
Althought the spaces were already regularly booked, people also had the option of hiring one large room (14m x 5m) or by dividing the room, smaller rooms – a 5m by 5m or a 9m x 5m.
“People using the rooms also have access to the kitchenette and wi-fi, as well as an electronic whiteboard and Smart TV. A projector was being installed,” Ms Evans said.
Although designed in late 2015, the latest 5m extension begun late last year, but to the delight of Ms Evans, had been built “so quick”.
“I am so grateful to the volunteers, trustees, funders and the community who have helped.”
As well as the extra rooms, South Alive’s office had also been moved to the complex and although it would be opened by the end of the month on Monday to Fridays, 10am-2pm, Ms Evans said she was keen for the new rooms to be used straight away.
“We wanted it open so people could use them.”
Landscaping was all that remained, Ms Evans said.
“We didn’t want to wait till it was perfect… we preferred for people to use the space.”
Visitors were welcome to inspect the new rooms, and the South Alive team were keen to hear people’s feedback, such as about the configuration of the rooms and where to place furniture, she said.
“We want to know how people want to use the space.”
The South Alive team were keen to name the two rooms and were asking for suggestions.
“We are looking for names which show vitality and energy, and focus on the south.”