Sutton Hill Community Centre
PRESS RELEASE . . .
DATE CONFIRMED FOR HANDOVER
Sutton Hill Community Trust will take over the running of Sutton Hill Community Centre from Monday 24th April 2017.
Negotiations are now complete between the Trust and Telford & Wrekin Council and the community asset transfer arrangements are being finalised.
The Council announced its intention to stop managing community centres across the borough last year and since then has been working with local groups and organisations to take on the local centres.
At Sutton Hill a number of people stepped up and agreed to work together to form a new charity to run the centre on behalf of the community.
The Trust has now appointed its new Centre Manager, Mike Crawshaw. Mike has considerable experience in community regeneration, housing and social enterprise. He is really looking forward to starting work on Sutton Hill in late April.
Mike is currently volunteering at a teaching placement in Sri Lanka and sent this message following his appointment as the new Centre Manager, “I can’t wait to get involved at Sutton Hill and to support local people to make the very best of their community centre. I understand there are some big ambitions for Sutton Hill and it will be very exciting to be a part of this.”
John McGrath, Chairman of the Trust said, “We are really looking forward to taking over the community centre for the people of Sutton Hill. It’s our centre and we want it to be somewhere all local people want to come to, to get involved in activities, classses, events or just to pop in for a chat and a cuppa. It’s a big undertaking to take over the community centre, but with Mike at the helm and a new staff team now being recruited we are confident things will go well.”
For the Centre to be a success we need people to come forward and to offer any time or support they can. We are actively looking for volunteers to help out with the community cafe, putting on community events and activities, fundraising and to help us start up a new youth club. If you can help in any way please get in touch – we would love to hear from you.”
Councillor Paul Watling, Telford & Wrekin Council Cabinet Member for Communities said, “We are really pleased that local people have come together to form the new charity. The Council will support the Trust as much as possible to ensure a smooth handover of the building. I look forward to seeing the community centre go from strength to strength.”