ONE of the first community buildings on a Sunderland estate will be at the local school.

The new building, at Farringdon Community School, will provide education, child care, computers and meeting rooms.

The building, which will cost £500,000, will give residents the chance to access training courses, computers and initiatives including Sure Start, Job Linkage and Lifelong Learning.

The funding will come from sources including the sixth round of the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), the school, and the European Union.

The computers will be used by pupils during the day and by residents in the evenings, weekdays and school holidays.

Job skills sessions, meeting rooms, a creche and family learning facilities will be open to residents throughout the day.

The school's headteacher, Brian Walton, said: "It is important that people do not see a school as just for children. It is for adults too.

"The building will mean we will become a true community school, not just in name only. It will create a one-stop shop for learning.''

SRB Six co-ordinator Louise Wilson said: "Farringdon residents have made it clear they want this building. It will be an asset to the community and will give residents easy access to courses, computers and other services."