Community service base gets an upgrade

Coun Ian Lindley at Stobhill Community Link with staff members Brooke Burgess (left) and Gemma Cranswick- he has secured �10,000 of funding for the centre to improve the frontage. 'REF 1802155032
Coun Ian Lindley at Stobhill Community Link with staff members Brooke Burgess (left) and Gemma Cranswick- he has secured �10,000 of funding for the centre to improve the frontage. 'REF 1802155032
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A busy community hub is undergoing a facelift to improve its facilities.

The Northumberland Community Enterprise base in Shields Road, Stobhill, has been getting a new shop front, signage and copying and printing facilities, as well as re-modelling its office to create more space.

These improvements will make it even more welcoming and useful to all parts of Stobhill.

Coun Ian Lindley

The facility provides a range of services, including a handyman, free paint, access to computers, training, help with CVs and job searches, and general advice, in addition to running a community allotment for people to grow their own food, or buy it at low cost.

The office transformation has been supported by Northumberland county councillor for Morpeth Stobhill Ian Lindley, who provided £7,835 from his Local Improvement Schemes’ allowance.

He said: “I am full of admiration for the team. We have worked together since opening the centre in 2009.

“These improvements will make it even more welcoming and useful to all parts of Stobhill.

“Importantly, Northumberland Credit Union also has office space here so I am very pleased to have been able to fund this work.”

Manager Brooke Burgess said: “We welcome all residents to come and see us.

“We provide a wide range of mostly free services.”

The non-profit organisation was set up to try to tackle unemployment, as well as benefit local communities. It provides a range of skills development training, including interview techniques. There is an internet drop-in facility, or one-to-one appointments available.