Hayley re-opens upgraded Morpeth building society branch
The head of a Morpeth-based young people’s charity has officially re-opened an upgraded commercial facility in the town centre.
Newcastle Building Society has created an enhanced, open plan branch in Morpeth Market Place as part of a continuing multi-million pound investment programme across the whole of its network.
Hayley Brown, of Barnabas Safe and Sound, cut the ribbon, along with Andrew Haigh, the society’s chief executive, at a special event earlier this month in front of dozens of invited customers and guests.
The charity has been providing supported accommodation to vulnerable young people since 2001 and aims to prevent youth homelessness and promote independence in Northumberland.
It works with local young people aged between 16 and 25, and also runs activities for young people in the Morpeth community.
Barnabas Safe and Sound has previously received funding from Newcastle Building Society in support of its work.
This has included a recent £2,000 grant paying for technology and software to be installed within its media suite, which can be used to help service users learn new computing skills and complete homework assignments.
The upgraded Morpeth building society branch provides customers with better access to services, information and advice, as well as additional space for transactions, while a community space offers a free location in which local people, groups and good causes can hold meetings and events.
Branch manager Andy Rose said: “While many financial institutions are closing branches across the North East, the investment that’s been made in this and other branches clearly demonstrates that the society is here to stay and grow on the region’s high streets.
“We’ve had a great reaction to the new branch since we re-opened a few weeks ago.
“Our support for Barnabas forms part of our commitment to supporting our local communities in which we’re based and we’re extremely pleased to have Hayley carrying out the official opening honours for us.”