Thursday 19 March 2015

Volunteers in Stradbroke have been working hard to get a new advice service up and running next month.

Helpers, including local people, Councillors, council staff and charity workers, descended on The Link community hub, on Stradbroke Drive, to spruce up the last room in the building.

This will be used to provide free advice drop-in sessions every Thursday from 16th April, dealing with housing repairs, rehousing, financial advice, benefits and welfare, drugs and alcohol advice, and help with form-filling.

The room will also be used as a Councillors’ Surgery and to provide adult learning programmes.

Helen Eadon runs The Link, along with Nicola Quibell, and is also Chairperson of Stradbroke Tenants and Community Association.

“The community hub has really took off since we launched it last May and this is the last room to refurbish,” said Helen.

“It’s a real partnership effort, where people will be able to source a lot of information in one place, from talking to a Housing+ Officer to help filling in an application form.

“Our building is used by everyone from the Council and Police to training providers and support groups. “It’s a great example of everyone working together to provide a much-needed resource for the local community.”

Councillor Tony Damms, Cabinet Assistant for Homes and Neighbourhoods, said: “The Link already serves its community brilliantly and the new drop-in advice sessions will be a valuable addition to the services available.

“I have every confidence the new venture will be a huge success and one that will benefit many people for years to come.”

Kim Gervis, Manager of Manor Training & Resource Centre, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to access a wide range of services in one place. We are looking forward to working with the hub to offer a range of training and coaching opportunities.”

The new drop-in service will be open from 1-3 every Thursday.