Video: Former Magherafelt cinema to become ‘social hub’

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A £250,000 funding package is set to transform one of Magherafelt’s landmark buildings – the old cinema - into a social hub for community-related projects.

Plans are already well advanced to turn the former Classic Cinema on Queen Street into a voluntary centre.

The former cinema in Magherafelt which is currently being transformed.

The former cinema in Magherafelt which is currently being transformed.

The refurbished premises - which will be known as inVOLve - will include a community cafe and activity rooms. It is believed that it will be manned by a six-strong team.

A spokesman for inVOLve told the MAIL: “The project aims to address the issues of disadvantage and disability, and the problems of ill health within our ageing population.

“We also aim to provide activities for the elderly, which it is hoped will help prevent the onset of ill health.

“It is envisaged that the centre will open early in the New Year and we believe that it will be well utilised.

“The community cafe will give the building soul and enhance the social aspect for service-users.”

He added that inVOLve will incorporate existing community-related services, such as ‘The Base’ at Rainey Street in the town.

“This entire project sits well within the Department of Health’s ‘Transforming Your Care’ model,” he continued. “GPs and healthcare professionals are supporting the initiative: they see its therapeutic value and have said they will be happy to make referrals to inVOLve.”

Full story in today’s Mid-Ulster Mail