Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey has praised those behind the InVOLve community centre during a visit to Magherafelt yesterday.
Mr Storey was shown around the former cinema which has been completely transformed into a social hub for voluntary organisations.
He described InVOLve as “a foundation”, and expressed the hope that his department would be able to help it in the future.
A number of groups are now basing their activities at the old Classic Cinema and are hoping that the minister will come up with a funding package to complete the major refurbishments.
Magherafelt District Council has been supportive of the venture and have allocated £10,000 towards the enterprise at Queen Street.
The old cinema building had been vacant for some years until work got started on the ‘social hub’ project late last year.
Its main aim is to address the issues of disadvantage and disability, and the problems of ill health within south Derry’s ageing population.