Venus is a 25-year-old community based, grassroots charity working alongside Women, Children, Young People and Families. Well respected by the community and the other organisations which serve it, Venus pride themselves on their accessibility and responsiveness to community need, of which they have strong understanding.

The project vision is to secure the restoration and occupation of the Kings Centre (a Grade II Listed Building), presenting Venus with a unique opportunity to meet the growing demand for their services while preserving this important piece of local heritage. The project aims to facilitate use of the Kings Centre as a base for delivering Venus’ core activities including facilities for training and flexible community space.

The project, currently at RIBA Stage 3 with planning permission secured, will enable Venus to expand its scale and scope of service delivery to meet urgent local community need; as well as enabling Venus to deliver a three-year programme of heritage led engagement, volunteering and skills development.

Through & Around were appointed in 2020 to manage the project through its National Lottery Heritage Fund development stage including a substantial client and funder / stakeholder coordination role.