Telford community steps up to run its own centre
A newly-refurbished community centre is the last of five to be transferred from Telford & Wrekin Council control to separate organisations.
From April 1 Leegomery Community Centre will be run by the Leegate Centre CIC, a community interest company made up of people with experience operating centres like the Park Lane Centre, in Woodside.
In 2016 the council decided it would no longer be able to run its five community centres.
The other four to have changed hands are in Brookside, Sutton Hill, Arleston and Donnington.
Councillor Arnold England, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “This is yet another example of fantastic partnership working with the community that has meant services can continue to be delivered in the face of extreme financial challenges.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the organisations that have stepped forward to take on our community, including the Leegate community interest company.
“This means that our residents in Leegomery will be able to continue to benefit from their community centre but at no cost to Telford & Wrekin Council.”
Jacqui Idiens, senior manager of the Leegate Centre CIC, said: “Our plans for Leegomery Community Centre include bringing a fresh welcoming feel to the newly-refurbished large entrance and our community café which will serve freshly prepared meals, snacks and drinks.
“In the reception area we will also be offering free computer access for job searches and a pre-loved area for books, jigsaws, children’s clothing and toys.
“We expect to continue hosting a variety of courses, groups and support sessions and expand the provision to better meet the needs of our community.
“In addition we will be able to offer suites of rooms for permanent hire for services providers seeking a vibrant community based hub.
“We will be holding an official launch event on Saturday, April 7 around a multi-cultural Dragon Fest theme and hope that as many people as possible will come along to meet us, see the changes we have made and have a fun packed family day.”