We are delighted to have been part of a successful proposal with the Maddermarket Theatre, to enable the renovation of a building next door to our new offices in St John’s Alley in Norwich. The building, known as the Workshop, is in a poor state of repair and currently used for storage, so this is an exciting opportunity to create a new accessible, warm and welcoming community space. We will use the renovated Workshop to support more men and their families and provide creative, collaborative opportunities with the Maddermarket Theatre.

The funding has come from Norfolk County Council’s Social Infrastructure Fund which provides capital grants to improve facilities for communities and boost the level of local community services.

Elliott Wilshier, general manager at Maddermarket Theatre, said: “This grant and our exciting new collaboration with MensCraft will allow us to jointly develop more effective approaches to widening access and deepening participation in the arts in Norfolk.”‘

Tim Allard, Development Manager, MensCraft said “MensCraft is representative of many charities and community groups who are struggling to find suitable space that meets the needs of the people who participate in our activities. The renovated space will allow us to expand our reach, to support many more men and their families and provide exciting, creative collaborative opportunities with the Maddermarket Theatre.”

Set up in 2020, Norfolk County Council’s Norfolk Social Infrastructure Fund has awarded nearly £3 million through over 50 grants to community projects and initiatives that benefit the residents of Norfolk. This grant is part of the Council’s commitment to voluntary and community organisations. It helps strengthen local communities by providing support for local buildings and facilities.

We are now working with the Maddermarket Theatre to raise the final 20% of funds needed for the renovation.