Official Opening of voluntary sector resource, The Hub, in Stafford

The red carpet was rolled out in Stafford’s community  facility The Hub, Eastgate Street for their official opening today (Thursday 12th November).  His Royal Highness The Duke Of Kent officially opened the building in Stafford which houses a wide range of local voluntary sector organisations. Stairway

The HUB, leased by Staffordshire County Council to local infrastructure organisation VAST, offers office space, meeting room hire and a hot desk suite facility at a reduced rate to local voluntary sector organisations operating in the Stafford area.

The Duke of Kent’s visit commenced with a tour of the building to meet both the tenants and service users and to find out more about the valuable services they provide to the local community.   The Duke then attended a lunch with representatives from the tenants, Staffordshire County Council and Stafford Borough Council. The official opening was marked by the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the visit. Oliver Wood from New Directions Support, an organisation that provides day opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, presented The Duke with a wooden box that he had made, on behalf of everyone that utilises the building. NewDirections

Jackie Wheeler, Facilities Manager at The Hub was delighted that His Royal Highness had accepted the invitation to open the building.

“We are honoured and deighted to have The Duke of Kent opening our building today.  We have a number of voluntary organisations housed at The Hub who offer a range of services to support the local community.  An official opening of the building by His Royal Highness is the perfect celebration of all they do in the local community.”Gift

Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children and Community Safety at Staffordshire County Council said: “The voluntary and community sector play an important role in helping improve the lives of people in Staffordshire and it’s vital that we support these organisations to deliver the best services possible.

“Having VAST at the heart of the voluntary sector in Staffordshire means that organisations will get the support they need.  The new hub in the middle of Stafford is great news for our local communities and has given VAST an excellent base from which to deliver their services.”

As tenants of the building, Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West were also part of his visit they were delighted that their main office was included in The Duke’s visit.

Volunteers and staff at the charity had the opportunity to meet with The Duke of Kent, talking about their important work in the community and the importance of the Citizens Advice service locally.

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