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Advice and Community Hub Set to Open

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A host of services will soon be under one roof as an advice and community hub opens in St Leonards.

The Hastings Advice Partnership, formed of Citizens Advice 1066, Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC) and BHT Hastings Advice (Brighton Housing Trust), are moving to Renaissance House, London Road, bringing together a unique range of advice and community services for the public to access.

Also moving to Renaissance House is BHT’s Finding Futures Project that provides a service for Young People aged 14 – 16 at risk of exclusion from mainstream learning and a Big Lottery funded service for adults from 16+ with no upper age limit.

The move follows Hastings Borough Council’s decision to let the building, re-locating staff to central offices in Hastings town centre.

For further information please contact Caroline Kelly, Senior Communications Officer, Hastings Borough Council on 01424 451767 or Andy Winter, Chief Executive, BHT on 07734 257759

There are very clear benefits to having all these services under one roof, as there is with centralising council departments and staff. We are committed to reducing our costs and we have had to think creatively about how to do that. This is a positive move and I look forward to seeing Renaissance House being well used.

This move was decided as part of our Cabinet meeting early last year and is a significant part of our cost cutting plans. We estimate that sub –letting this building to these organisations will save the council £40,000 this financial year and £66,000 every year following this.

Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council

On behalf of our partners in the Hastings Advice Partnership, we are delighted to have secured the lease on Renaissance House. By being co-located we can provide an enhanced service to residents of Hastings and St. Leonards, achieve efficiencies for our three organisations, and assist the Borough Council with the rationalisation of its office portfolio.

At a time of austerity when some organisations have become inward looking, it is a testament to CA 1066, HARC and BHT that we have come together in this way. The ultimate winners, though, will be the clients of our advice and learning services who will benefit from improved facilities and a one-stop-shop for advice, representation and training.

Andy Winter, BHT Chief Executive

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