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The Advice and Community Hub (ACH) in St Leonards held a launch event on Wednesday to celebrate its opening and to give people the opportunity to learn about the services provided.
BHT Sussex has entered into a 125 year lease on Renaissance House, the former Hastings Borough Council housing department building.
ACH now provides a home for the Hastings Advice and Representation Centre, Citizens Advice 1066 and BHT’s Hastings Advice Service.
Also based at the ACH is Finding Futures, BHT’s education and training project.
The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Bruce Dowling, Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Jeremy Birch, Chair of Hasting Community Network, Sylvia Bennett and Director of Hastings Voluntary Action, Steve Manwaring all spoke at the event.
The Advice and Community Hub can be found at Renaissance House, London Road, St Leonards, TN37 6AN.
Residents of Hastings and St Leonards who need advice should call 01424 721458
ACH now provides much improved facilities for our clients, offering a one-stop shop for housing, welfare benefits, debt and general advice. The staff of our 3 independent organisations will enjoy better facilities.
Jacky Everard, HARC
Offering a one-stop shop for housing, debt, welfare benefits and general advice will enhance the service each organisation is able to provide on its own. I hope that many members of the local community will join our team of volunteers to provide this new service in St. Leonards.
Dina Christodoulou, Citizens Advice 1066
Being co-located with each other will enable closer joint working. By coming to ACH, clients will receive a comprehensive, seamless service.
Sue Hennell, BHT Sussex