A community centre used by up to 500 people each month has been granted a new 10-year lease to continue it’s ‘excellent work’.
Bosses at Hyndburn Voluntary and Community Resource Centre (HVCRC) in Accrington applied to the council to extend their lease after the current one was set to expire.
The former St James School building on Cannon Street is used by more than a dozen organisations, community groups and clubs.
A letter sent to Hyndburn Council from HRCRC chairman Geoff Coglan said the centre has been a ‘success’ and helps man people across Hyndburn.
He said: “Over the years we have provided help to all ages from babies in arms to people in their 80s.
“We have helped in the job prospects for the disabled, for special needs and the long-term unemployed.
“We are making a difference to many lives in Hyndburn and are ready to continue doing so.
“We are not complacent however and our management team actively seeks new users of our centre when necessary to continue the success we have had over the last 10 years.”
The building houses the local branch of the East Lancs Food Bank, social housing financial support service 1st Call Hyndburn, addiction recovery group Red Rose Recovery and support to gypsy, Roma and traveller groups.
It is also hired each month various groups including dancers, theatre companies, yoga, tai chi, senior citizens clubs and environmental group Prospects.
Councillor Clare Cleary, portfolio holder for the town centre, told a recent cabinet meeting that the building is ‘well used’ and should be allowed to continue.
She said: “HVCRC have been a good tenant. Given the important role this building plays in our town centre and it’s extensive community use I support the new lease being granted.”