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New resource centre

A new resource centre for local voluntary and community groups has been officially opened.

The CAN Mezzanine Hounslow has been built by the council in the Treaty Centre to give voluntary, community and not-for-profit organisations much needed flexible and affordable office space for rent.

The centre is managed by CAN, the national charity that supports social sector organisations, and offers 8,500sq ft of floor space, contains 100 desk places including hot-desk facilities, has conference, meeting and 1-2-1 interview rooms and provides online office solutions.

Cllr Pritam Grewal, lead member for communications and communities, said: “I’m delighted to see the centre has now officially opened ready to help local groups provide support and advice to local people.

“We have designed the centre to be affordable for local organisations, allowing them to reduce their overheads and focus on their clients and our community.

“We also want to encourage groups to work together by seeing where there are opportunities to reduce duplication and collaborate on projects.

“It is important for us to help local voluntary and charitable groups deliver vital services and connect with our communities, particularly when some people are reluctant to deal directly with the local authority.

“So making sure they have good quality facilities where they can work without it costing them the earth is essential.”

Andrew Croft, chief executive at CAN, said: “It’s been a pleasure working with a local authority with the foresight and commitment to invest in its third sector and the difference they can make to their communities.”

The development of the Treaty Centre’s community facilities was funded by Hounslow Council with the support of Big Lottery’s Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund.

If you are a social enterprise, charitable or voluntary organisation delivering services in the borough and would like to know more, call Gary Phillips on 020 7250 8047 or email: g.phillips@can-online.org.uk

Pictures from the opening are available on the council’s Flickr page.

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