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Neighbourhood centre transferred to local community group

Published on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A NEIGHBOURHOOD centre in Beaumont Leys has been officially transferred to a local group for it to run.

Home Farm Neighbourhood Centre, in Beaumont Leys, will now be run by Beaumont Leys Muslims (BLM), who will ensure the building continues to be open for public use.

Beaumont Leys Muslims are the main users of the centre, and have signed a five-year letting agreement which will see them give a new lease of life to the building.

As part of the agreement, they will provide room hire for community groups and support local activities to run from the building. They will also be responsible for the building’s repairs and maintenance.

The centre was offered up for ‘community asset transfer’ as part of the city council’s Transforming Neighbourhood Services programme.

Community organisations were invited to submit business plans for taking on the running of the building in autumn 2016. They were asked to show how they would provide access for local community groups and activities, and provide benefits for the community.

Cllr Kirk Master, assistant city mayor responsible for neighbourhood services, said: “We’re really pleased that BLM will be taking over Home Farm, ensuring that the centre remains a hub for local community services.

“BLM plan to support a range of services at Home Farm. Local groups will be able to book rooms at the centre, with existing users able to continue to hire space at the same charge.”

The council will save £35,000 from the transfer of the building, which is part of their overall programme across the city to transform neighbourhood services.

The programme focuses on protecting the services people value by co-locating them in community buildings, which are often invested in to provide a wider range of facilities and longer opening hours.

New uses are found for buildings which are released by the programme.  Some are made available for community groups like BLM to take over and run.

To book a room at Home Farm Neighbourhood Centre, contact BLM on 0116 299 2629 or visit the website at: www.hfnc.co.uk 

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