A DERELICT park building could be transformed into a community and education centre, if plans are approved by Bolton Council.

Bolton Oromo Academy and Education Centre has submitted proposals to convert the former park-keepers' lodge within the grounds of Heywood Park in Great Lever.

The group represents people from the Oromo community in Ethiopia, many of whom have gained settlement in the town via refugee status.

Part of its work involves providing a "supportive and welcoming environment" for young people, while helping them to feel a part of the community.

Education, training and support is provided within an Islamic, faith-based environment whilst emphasising the importance of integration, civic duty and community cohesion.

The group currently operates out of space above a property in Derby Street, but is now looking to set up a new base close to where members live.

Under the plans, the facility would incorporate an office, two classrooms, a community and counselling room, as well as a meeting room.

It is proposed that the centre will be open from 7.30am-11pm seven days a week, and will be run by one full-time member of staff and several part-time volunteers.

Among the activities proposed are support for young people experiencing home, school and social issues, as well as football, golf, horse riding, go karting, a homework club and career guidance and mentoring.