A COMMUNITY centre run entirely by residents has been awarded £10,000 by Comic Relief.

Delighted volunteers at The Mill in Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, said the cash will be used to continue funding a part-time administrator to run the building. It is the centre's only paid role.

The site, formerly home to St James Street Library until it was closed down by the council, was taken over by residents last year.

It was established using funding from charity Nesta’s Neighbourhood Challenge Programme, which has now come to an end, but organisers say the Mill has enough money to keep going.

Mill trustee and co-chair Mo Gallaccio said: “Comic Relief funding is so competitive, and we see this award as a big vote of confidence in The Mill and its work.

"Local people have put in so much effort to make The Mill such a success in its first twelve months, and this is great news as we plan into the future.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of The Mill. We owe our place at the heart of the community to all the people who have lent us their time and expertise, and I’m delighted for everyone who is part of the project”.

A spokesman for Comic Relief said: “[We] were so impressed with what you have achieved so far and know there’s a lot more potential for The Mill yet”.

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