Cornwall Deaf Centre reopens after appeal

Staff and users of the centre
Image caption The Camborne based centre closed after the building fell into a state of disrepair

A centre to help the deaf in Cornwall, which was forced to close, has reopened 25 years after it was first launched.

The Camborne-based centre closed in September 2011 after problems were discovered with the building's structure and electrics.

The local community reacted by raising money for repairs, and local businesses carried out much work free of charge.

More than £140,000 was raised in the "DIY Deaf-O-S" appeal. Staff said the centre had had a "complete revamp".

The centre, which originally opened in 5 April 1988, offers facilities including a youth club and lunch group, where families can socialise using sign language.

Jackie Goldie, of the centre, said: "We rang a local builder who said he would repair the roof, and it snowballed within two or three weeks.

"Everything was donated. What you see is what the community has done."

Other local companies provided disabled toilets and installed new wiring, staff said.

Centre founder Barry Curtis said: "Before, it was absolutely disgusting. It wasn't safe at all.

"We were very lucky to have so much. It's a complete revamp.

"The centre is really important. Hopefully we'll bring in the older people and some of the younger ones."

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