New centre for Hounslow

Work has begun on a £2.2 million programme to improve community facilities in Hounslow Town Centre.

The investment will provide a new community resource centre for local charities and community groups in the Treaty Centre, to provide local voluntary groups with a fit for purpose office space where they can work together more efficiently to provide services to local residents.

The centre will provide a central hub for voluntary and community sector organisations, creating 100 desk spaces as well as a range of meeting and interview rooms.

Cllr Pritam Grewal, cabinet member for communications and communities at the council, said: “There are hundreds of voluntary and community groups across the borough, delivering vital services to residents, but not all of them are able to operate at their full potential due to unsuitable premises.

“This new centre will support them with an affordable, flexible office space to work from, and encourage greater collaboration between different groups when looking for funding or providing services.

“For residents, the centre will help create a ‘one stop shop’ with better links between services offered by different organisations.”

The centre will be located on the second floor of the Treaty Centre, in an area currently occupied by Hounslow Volunteer Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, Hounslow Hate Crime Support Service and Hounslow Voluntary Sector Support Services.

The first phase of the work will see infrastructure upgrades to the library and new adult education classrooms being built in part of the area next to the library before the existing groups are moved to temporary offices in late November, whilst the rest of the building work is carried out.

Work is due to be completed in February 2014.

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