TWO Keighley-based organisations have together received over £260,000 for desperately-needed repairs and renovations to their premises.

The Joint Activities & Motor Education Service, known as JAMES, has been awarded £121,670 to help pay for work including roof repairs.

Founded in the 1980s, JAMES offers a range of programmes to improve wellbeing and support for disadvantaged young people and families. Last year, it helped more than 700 people in Keighley.

And the Sangat Centre, in Marlborough Street, has been granted £140,500 to help complete a refurbishment of the building.

Services provided by the centre include social day care, adult education sessions and youth clubs.

The grants have been awarded through the Government's Community Ownership Fund.

Keighley MP Robbie Moore has visited both organisations to see how the money will be spent.

"It was fantastic to receive an update on their exciting plans," he says.

"Both JAMES and the Sangat Centre work tirelessly for our community, and it was great to see such enthusiasm and excitement about how the funding will be used. The money will ensure that their services can be significantly enhanced.

"I'm now working with other organisations to see what additional money our town can achieve through the fund."