Support services in an area of Stafford will continue after a local church took over the lease of a popular community centre.
The Signposts Centre in the town’s Highfields, has been operating for nearly 15 years offering guidance and support on a range of services for local people.
Now the lease has been taken on by the Rising Brook Church.
The church has been instrumental in providing free food parcels across the town during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic with their work featured on television.
They will be using the Auden Way building to promote its ‘Elevate Highfields’ project. This will include opening the centre for use by community groups and running activities for all ages in the area aimed at promoting community cohesion and meeting the wider needs of the community.
Martin Young of Rising Brook Church said: “We have seen a huge increase of the number of people who are using our services during this Covid pandemic and this is a wonderful opportunity to extend our services across the borough to areas that need it most.”
Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities and Health at Stafford Borough Council, said: “The Signpost Centre has been a key asset in the community over a long period of time and I would like to thank them for all that they have done within the Highfields area. We are very grateful for the support that Rising Brook, and everyone in the voluntary sector, has provided to people in our communities here in Stafford over the past few months and we look forward to working with them to continue to build on that.”
Press Release No 5688