Advice and community services hub to open

ADVICE and community services will soon be under one roof with a new hub set to open in St Leonards.

The Hastings Advice Partnership, comprising Citizens Advice 1066, Hastings Advice and Representation Centre (HARC) and BHT Hastings Advice (Brighton Housing Trust), are moving to Renaissance House, London Road.

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 the town centre.

Council leader Jeremy Birch said: “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.”

BHT Chief Executive, Andy Winter, said: “On behalf of our partners in the Hastings Advice Partnership, we are delighted to have secured the lease on Renaissance House.

“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.”