Dewsbury-based Rixonway Kitchens, one of the leading manufacturers working in affordable and social housing, has donated a kitchen to Burnt Oak Community Centre in Barnet, London.

Rixonway, the only UK kitchen manufacturer working solely with the social housing sector, donated the kitchen following the NFA Awards 2010. Rixonway sponsored the Most Outstanding Young Person category, which was won by Barnet Homes resident, Rui Jorge Octavio. His work at the community centre inspired the company to donate the kitchen.

Barnet Homes is a North London arm's length management organisation (ALMO), which manages and maintains 15,000 leasehold and council homes on behalf of Barnet Council. Rixonway provided a kitchen from its Trieste range in walnut which was chosen by Barnet Homes.

Rui said: “I set up NUTMEG (New Unique Talented Motivated Energetic Generation) to tackle youth disengagement and the perceptions of the young. The community have become heavily involved in our anti-knife and gun sessions as well as our dance workshops. The new kitchen has made a real difference to the Burnt Oak Community Centre and we hope it will help us attract even more visitors.”

Paul Rose, Chief Executive of Rixonway Kitchens, said: “It’s always great to see a donation have such a positive impact on a community. We’re delighted to hear the kitchen has made such a difference and we hope it will be valuable to Rui to continue his important work.”

Rixonway Kitchen’s donation was matched by the building contractors, The Apollo Group who fitted the kitchen free of charge, and Lovell who have tiled and laid new kitchen flooring.

The Burnt Oak Community Centre is the latest example of Rixonway’s involvement with community based projects. Recently the company donated a kitchen to The Harrogate Homeless Project in Harrogate, Yorkshire and to the Edgeley Children’s Play Centre in Stockport, Lancashire.