Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Creating community assets

Hastings Trust has been working in partnership with Hastings Borough Council, Hastings Voluntary Action and other stakeholders to bid for funds from the Big Lottery Community Assets Fund to secure money to refurbish Jackson Hall in order that it can be passed into community ownership to act as office and incubation space for the third sector. We heard last week that our bid for approximately £750,000 has been successful. A great example of partnership working, this project demonstrates the commitment of the local authority to help to provide the right environment for a thriving third sector. Thanks must go to Glyn Carter, Economic Development Manager at HBC, and Steve Manwaring, Executive Director of Hastings Voluntary Action, for their commitment to and assistance with putting the bid together. Now the hard work starts with putting together a capital build programme and business plan to secure the sustainability of the asset into the future. More information is available on Hastings Voluntary Action's website www.hastingsvoluntaryaction.org

Watch this space for more updates as they happen.